March kicks off Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, a time that is dedicated to prevention of a terrible and all too common disease. At Digestive and Liver Specialists, one of our most important goals is fighting colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the second largest cause of cancer deaths in the United States. In 2010 the American Cancer Society found that there were 142,570 new diagnoses of colon or rectal cancer in the United States, and 51,370 deaths attributable to this very common disease. Many cases are found in people who did not become symptomatic until the disease had spread widely throughout the body, drastically reducing the chances for a cure.

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Recent scientific papers and news reports have raised issues about the safety of taking Plavix (also known as clopidogrel) with certain medications used to treat heartburn. While studies have not been done to definitively demonstrate a problem, the preliminary evidence is concerning. If you are on a heartburn medication and Plavix, we urge you to speak with one of our physicians, your cardiologist, or your primary care physician to discuss this issue prior to making any changes in your medicine. Not all medications have been shown to be a problem, and stopping a medicine without talking to your physician can have serious consequences. There are other good options for treatment that can provide relief from the painful symptoms of heartburn, so you shouldn’t feel that you would be left to suffer.


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