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Nov 2016 - Join Connecticut GI as they raise money to support the CCFA at the Mitten Run on Sunday 12/4.

Donate here: https://www.crowdrise.com/HMFMittenRun

 

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Nov 2016 - IBD Treatments Finding Your Best Path

On November 16th, see Dr. Cappa give a presentation titled "IBD Treatments Finding Your Best Path". Sign up by visiting Connecticut Chapter of the CCFA at http://www.ccfa.org/chapters/connecticut/events/hartford-education-program.html

 

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May 2016 - GI Joes….watch that team as it grows

Thank you to all who have registered and/or donated to the team. The number of registered GI Joes continues to increase and looks like will have quite a show of force!

Reminder the walk is THIS Sunday. If you haven't done so already, please make sure to get a donation linked to your name!! GI Joe camo t-shirts will be given to everyone with a donation.

Event details -
Date: Sunday May 15
Check-in and festival start: 10:30am
Walk start: 11:30am
Location: Rentschler Field, East Hartford

Join the GI Joes Team here: http://online.ccfa.org/goto/ctgi

If you absolutely cannot attend, you can show your support another way:
please consider donating to one of our team members who are spending their Sunday morning supporting CTGI & CCFA.

 

Click here for more information and to register

 

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April 2016 - CCFA Connecticut Patient Symposium

Info: Connecticut Patient & Family IBD Symposium
Date: Sunday, April 3, 2016- 8:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Courtyard by Marriott - 4 Sebethe Drive, Cromwell, CT 06494

 

Click here for more information and to register

 

Visit our event website to see the full agenda of this year's presenters, as well as to register online. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Alicia Barron at abarron@ccfa.org.

 

Dr. Michelle Smedley will be speaking on 1) "IBD Through the Years" and 2) "The Challenge and Triumphs of Women with Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.

 

Admission to the symposium is free but you do need to register.

 

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Connecticut River Valley (Glastonbury/East Hartford) Chamber of Commerce Lecture

Dr. Joseph Cappa will be speaking on The Top 10 Issues of the Digestive Tract: The Voyage from Mouth to Anus. Learn about the most common digestive disorders; how to identify, treat and stay well.

 

Thursday, April 7, 2016 5:30-630pm Brookdale Mountain Laurel 1177 Hebron Avenue Glastonbury, Ct

 

Admission is $5 (CTGI is a member of the Chamber. All attendees gets members rate)

 

All need to register at: http://www.crvchamber.org/events/details/do-a-180-live-the-top-10-issues-of-the-digestive-tract-the-voyage-from-mouth-to-anus-2982

 

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January 2016 - Connecticut GI Welcomes Marcy Qureshi DO, Vaibhav Mehendiratta MD, Christine Lowell-Colley PA and Jenna Cooke APRN to the Connecticut GI family!

 

Connecticut GI, PC is excited to announce that Marcy Qureshi, DO has joined the CTGI team! Dr. Qureshi has been a practicing gastroenterologist in the Manchester area since 2012 and her addition will enhance the services Connecticut GI provides to the Manchester/South Windsor community.

 

Connecticut GI, PC is excited to announce that Vaibhav Mehendiratta, MD has joined the CTGI team! Dr. Mehendiratta has been a practicing gastroenterologist in the Springfield, Massachusetts area since 2012 and his addition will enhance the services Connecticut GI provides to the Enfield, Hartford and Norwich communities.

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September 2015 - Connecticut GI welcomes Sang and Sridhar Digestive Disease Consultants to the Connecticut GI family!

 

Announcement: We are excited to welcome You Sung Sang MD, Kolala Sridhar MD, Tonya E.L. Hall MD, Jeannine Hampton FNP-C, Megan Phillips PA-C, and their staff to the Connecticut GI team! Located in their original location in Norwich Connecticut, this new office will further expand the care we can provide for our patients in the state.

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May 2015 - Crohns & Colitis "TAKE STEPS" IBD Walk

Event Details

Location: Rentschler Field

Date: 5/9/2015
Check-in and Festival Start: 9:00 AM
Walk Start: 10:00 AM

East Hartford, CT

For years, Connecticut GI, PC and our staff have been enthusiastic supporters of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America through our participation in Take Steps. Take Steps is the nation's largest walking event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. Take Steps is held in 150 communities across the United States and raises critical research dollars for the millions of people fighting Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

We believe Connecticut GI, PC and its patients and families can easily rally behind Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America simply because of its important mission to improve the quality of life for children and adults affected by digestive diseases. Through the Take Steps event, we will be actively involved in raising awareness and vital revenue to help the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America find a cure and bring hope to countless lives.

For this year's Take Steps event, held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT GI, PC has made a commitment to raise 7,500 dollars. Please consider joining our efforts and register as a member of our team the GI Joes and raise funds to help meet our commitment to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

Here are the details of the Walk:
WHEN: Saturday, May 9th, 9:00 Festival & Registration, 10:00 a.m. Walk Begins
WHERE: Rentschler Field, East Hartford
REGISTER: http://online.ccfa.org/goto/gijoesct

(If you would rather form your own team of family member, friends, co-corkers, you can visit www.cctakesteps.org/connecticut)
FUN FACTS: Everyone who raises $100 will receive the official Take Steps T-shirt. Raise $250 or more and qualify for other great prizes!

ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS:
GI Joes: contact Patience our team coordinator PSchramm@connecticutgi.org
General Take Steps or Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: Contact Mary Kate Doherty, 203-376-4336 or mkdoherty@ccfa.org

Event Details

Location: Rentschler Field

Date: 5/9/2015
Check-in and Festival Start: 9:00 AM

Ceremony Start 9:45AM
Walk Start: 10:00 AM

 

CTGI is a major sponsor of this event supporting CCFA.

We would like to get even a bigger team than last year.

The website to directly register for our team is: http://online.ccfa.org/goto/gijoesct

All participants will get a CTGI GI Joe’s Tee Shirt while supplies last.

Those who donate $100 will get a CCFA IBD Shirt.

I hope as many of you can join us.

Joe and Michelle

 

 

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March 2015 - Connecticut GI welcomes Dr. David Sack to the CTGI family!.

Connecticut GI welcomes Dr. David Sack to the CTGI family. Dr. Sack has been practicing in the Meriden/Wallingford area for over 25 years. He will be available just down the hall from his old office at Midstate Medical Center, and will also be offering office time in Wallingford.


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February 2015 - Have some fun and run the Max O Hartford 5k with the CTGI team!.

Register Here: Max O Hartford 5k


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January 2015 - Connecticut GI welcomes Central Connecticut Gastroenterology

Connecticut GI welcomes the clinicians and staff of Central Connecticut Gastroenterology, LLC. Dr. Jeffrey Breiter and Beth Lemek, PA will bring a wealth of clinical experience to our practice. We are excited to welcome their entire practice to the Connecticut GI team. Their South Windsor office will offer even easier patient access to our services.

  



November 2014 - CTGI Tract Team is working with CCFA in sponsoring a “Couch to 5k training program” as part of a new initiative called “Team Challenge Lite”..

This is a program to expose those who cannot “run” a half marathon yet to the IBD CCFA Team Challenge program. Team Challenge Lite will be a 6 week training program to get you from the couch to completing a 5k race on Sunday, December 7th as part of the Hartford Marathon Foundation West Hartford Blue Back Square Mitten Run. The $30 registration fee that will include: 6 week Training Program, Practice Sessions on Saturday Mornings, Professional Coaches, Fundraising Support. The recommended fundraising is $250 per person. Those fund raising will receive mittens and a long sleeve running shirt. Program is great for runners and walkers. You can find out more information and register at: http://bit.ly/TCCTLite2014


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September 2014 - Connecticut GI welcomes Litchfield County Gastroenterology Associates.

Connecticut GI welcomes the clinicians and staff of Litchfield County Gastroenterology Associates, who joined Connecticut GI on October 1st. Dr’s William Coll, Leslie Goldman, Robert Lindenberg, Howard Regenbogen, Joseph Scirica, and Sebastian Bourgeois along with Angela Murno, APRN and Lynn Rapsilber, APRN will bring a wealth of clinical experience to our practice. We are excited to welcome their entire practice to the Connecticut GI team. With offices in Torrington and Sharon, Connecticut GI will offer even easier patient access to our services.


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August 2014 - CTGI warmly welcomes Dr. Blair Williamson and Dr. Eva Sotil to the CTGI family.


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May 2014 - Crohns & Colitis "TAKE STEPS" Walk, May 10th, 9am, East Hartford, CT

For years, Connecticut GI, PC and our staff have been enthusiastic supporters of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America through our participation in Take Steps. Take Steps is the nation's largest walking event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. Take Steps is held in 150 communities across the United States and raises critical research dollars for the millions of people fighting Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

We believe Connecticut GI, PC and its patients and families can easily rally behind Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America simply because of its important mission to improve the quality of life for children and adults affected by digestive diseases. Through the Take Steps event, we will be actively involved in raising awareness and vital revenue to help the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America find a cure and bring hope to countless lives.

For this year's Take Steps event, held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Great River Park in East Hartford, CT GI, PC has made a commitment to raise 15,000 dollars. Please consider joining our efforts and register as a member of our team the GI Joes and raise funds to help meet our commitment to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

Here are the details of the Walk:
WHEN: Saturday, May 10, 9:00 Festival & Registration, 10:00 a.m. Walk Begins
WHERE: Great River Park, 301 East River Drive, East Hartford
REGISTER: http://online.ccfa.org/goto/ctgi (If you would rather form your own team of family member, friends, co-corkers, you can visit www.cctakesteps.org/connecticut)
FUN FACTS: Everyone who raises $100 will receive the official Take Steps T-shirt. Raise $250 or more and qualify for other great prizes!

ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS:
GI Joes: contact Patience our team coordinator PSchramm@connecticutgi.org
General Take Steps or Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: Contact Mary Kate Doherty, 203-376-4336 or mkdoherty@ccfa.org

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April 2014 - Congratulations to Drs. Cappa, Gelwan, Loewenthal & Nestler who were recently voted as TOP Connecticut Gastroenterologists by Connecticut Magazine.

Congratulations to Drs. Cappa, Gelwan, Loewenthal, & Nestler who were recently voted by their peers as a TOP Connecticut Gastroenterologist, after 5,000 questionnaires were sent to Connecticut physicians asking to whom they would send their loved ones for expert medical care.

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March 2014 - March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Turning 50? Call any of our offices to schedule your screening colonoscopy today. Colon Cancer Screening saves lives!

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September 2013 - Connecticut GI is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of The Hartford Courant and FOXCT Top Workplaces.



The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 37 major publishing partners and recognizes a list of 150 National Top Workplaces.Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees.

The Hartford Courant and FOXCT published the complete list of Top Workplaces on September 15th.

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August 2013 - Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) Wethersfield Run on Sunday, August 25th

The CTGI Tract team would like you, our patients, families and friends to participate with us at the Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) Wethersfield Run on Sunday, August 25th for a 5k or 10k run. CTGI is a sponsor of the HMF and would like to encourage exercise, wellness and health for all. Register on line here  and include CTGI Tract Team as name of Team. On the day of the event come to our tent to get a CTGI Tract Team Running Shirt!

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July 2013 - CTGI warmly welcomes Dr. Adam Schoenfeld to the CTGI family

Dr. Schoenfeld is a graduate of Suny Upstate Medical University. He completed his fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Dr. Schoenfeld will be working out of our New Britain, Southington, and Avon offices.

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September 2013 - Hartford Liver Walk

You are cordially invited to join the doctors and staff of CTGI at the American Liver Foundation's annual

Liver Life Walk Hartford
Presented by Hartford Hospital
Sunday, September 22
Rentschler Field, East Hartford

We are building a fantastic team that will help raise funds for the 30 million Americans affected by liver disease.Please join us! You will have a great time meeting new friends and enjoying the outdoors.Your participation will keep us moving forward in the fight against one of America's fastest growing public health concerns - liver disease.

Please visit the ALF's walk website by clicking on the link below and to join our team: CTGI Jack Pack.

www.liverfoundation.org/walkhartford

The American Liver Foundation is a community of volunteers,patients and staff dedicated to furthering education about liver disease and bringing awareness to those who may not know that there are over 100 types of liver disease that affect so many.Now more than ever, we need your help. You can help make a difference as a participant in the Liver Life Walk. We hope you'll join us!

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May 2013- May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac disease is an inflammatory reaction in the small bowel to the protein gluten, which is present in many of the foods we eat, especially wheat, rye and barley. The disease has a genetic predisposition being common in siblings and parents. It is associated with many symptoms including weight loss, diarrhea and bloating. There are other diseases that are of a higher incidence in people with Celiac, including type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease, liver disease, Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and skin disease such as Dermatitis herpetiformis. The present treatment is to be on a gluten free diet for life. Celiac Sprue Association www.csaceliacs.org

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April 2013 - Connecticut Magazine features CTGI Physicians

Connecticut doctors were recently asked whom they would recommend their loved ones see for expert medical care. The results are in and can be found in the April 2013 issue of Connecticut Magazine. We are delighted to announce that included on that list are several of our own Connecticut GI physicians! Drs. Joseph Cappa, Jeffrey Gelwan, Theodore Loewenthal and Jeffry Nestler are among the top docs in Connecticut specializing in Gastroenterology. Plus our very own Dr. Angela Petronio made the list of top docs for Internal Medicine. CTGI is comprised of 31 outstanding physicians, and it is always gratifying to us when a special shout out is given to any one of our many amazing doctors. To see the entire list of Connecticut Top Docs, please follow this link: mydigimag.rrd.com

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April 2013 - CTGI: Platinum Sponsor of Connecticut Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis

Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk is the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases.  Join us as we walk to raise crucial research dollars for the millions of people fighting Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The walk will be on Saturday, May 11th at the Great River Park, East Hartford Registration time:  3:00pm Official Walk time:  4:00pm. Join our Team the GI Joes by following the following web link online.ccfa.org. Anyone who raises $100 for the Team by Friday, May 3rd will get at CTGI GI Joes Team Shirt.

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March 2013 - Connecticut GI was selected as one of “Hartford’s Finest” in the March 20th edition of the Hartford Advocate

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March 2013 - The First Annual Pancreatic Symposium

The First Annual Pancreatic Symposium took place on March 8 at the Farmington Marriott and was attended by 80 people. The goal of the symposium was to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, identify patients with cystic lesions of the pancreas who may be at risk and discuss current models for tracking patients and treating once identified. Dr Michael Karasik from CTGI presented on the epidemiology and risk factors for pancreatic cancer, and moderated the symposium. Dr Michael Golioto gave a lecture on the use of endoscopic ultrasound in the management and diagnosis of pancreatic cysts. Both physicians are actively engaged in mulidisciplanary oncology teams at the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital and will be doing community lectures of pancreatic cancer awareness.

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December 4, 2012  "Treatments in IBD" Choices for Adults & Kids
 
CTGI & the CROHNS & COLITIS foundation will proudly sponsor "Treatments in IBD."
Guest speakers are Dr. Michelle Smedley & Dr. Joseph Cappa
Registration begins at 6:00pm,
Program begins at 6:30pm- Elmwood Community Center
                                                   1106 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT 06110
or call 800-314-3459, ext. 2
 

September 2012 - Connecticut GI Warmly Welcomes Dr. Krzysztof Kopec

On September 1st, Connecticut GI welcomed Dr. Krzysztof Kopec to the CTGI family.

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August 2012 - Connecticut GI Warmly Welcomes Dr. Maria Johnson

On August 1st, Connecticut GI welcomed Dr. Maria Johnson to the CTGI family.

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July 2012 - Connecticut GI Welcomes Digestive Disease Consultants

Connecticut GI welcomes the Clinicians and staff of Digestive Disease Consultants, who joined Connecticut GI on July 1st. Drs.Edward P. Toffolon, Mark R. Versland, and Rosalind U. van Stolk, along with Sharon Delinger, APRN, will bring a wealth of clinical experience to our practice. We are excited to welcome their entire practice to the Connecticut GI team. With offices in New Britain and Southington, Connecticut GI will offer even easier patient access to our services.

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June 2012 - CTGI Welcomes Dr. Kevin Jo

On June 1st, Connecticut GI welcomed Dr. Kevin Jo to the CTGI family.  Dr. Jo is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center and has been a practicing Gastroenterologist at Rochester General Hospital since 2009.  Dr. Jo will be working out of our Hartford, Meriden, and Wallingford offices.

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May 2012 - CTGI "Walks and Cycles for a Cure" with CCFA

CTGI is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's "Take Steps" Walk.

Walk with us! Many patients feel that they are alone in their struggle with IBD, not knowing how to explain to others what they go through. “Take Steps” provides the perfect environment for patients and their families to come together and know they are not alone in this fight.

On Saturday, May 12, 2012 we will meet at Great River Park in East Hartford to enjoy an afternoon of music, activities, food and fun, and most importantly we will celebrate you for your role in helping to further the mission of CCFA: To cure Crohn’s and Colitis and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by inflammatory bowel diseases.

For more information or to register for the walk please visit www.cctakesteps.org/connecticut


Connecticut GI’s team “The GI Joes” at the 2011 CCFA Take Steps Walk

Connecticut GI is an advocate for our patients throughout the year and participates in many of CCFA’s “Team Challenge” events. Team Challenge is a fundraising and training program with destination races.

Dr. Jeffrey Weiser will participate in the CCFA Team Challenge Bike Ride in Lake George, NY this coming June. It is a 50 mile bike race through the mountains of upstate NY.
Drs. Joseph Cappa and Michelle Smedley and Kara Callahan, a PA with CTGI, participated in the CCFA’s Team Challenge half-marathon last December. This destination race took place under the evening neon lights of the Las Vegas strip.

Check back here often to find more events in which you too can become involved.

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March 2011 Can Colorectal Cancer be Prevented - Adapted from the American Cancer Society

Can Colorectal Cancer be Prevented?
Adapted from the American Cancer Society, March 2011 Even though we don't know the exact cause of most colorectal cancers, it is possible to prevent many of them.

Screening
Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer. Screening is the process of looking for cancer or pre-cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease.

From the time the first abnormal cells start to grow into polyps, it usually takes about 10 to 15 years for them to develop into colorectal cancer. Regular screening can, in many cases, prevent colorectal cancer altogether. This is because most polyps can be found and removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer. Screening can also result in finding colorectal cancer early, when it is highly curable.

People who have no identified risk factors (other than age) should begin regular screening at age 50. Those who have a family history or other risk factors for colorectal polyps or cancer, such as inflammatory bowel disease, should talk with their doctor about starting screening at a younger age and/or getting screened more frequently.

Genetic testing, screening, and treatment for those with a strong family history
If you have a strong family history of colorectal polyps or cancer, you should talk with your doctor about genetic counseling to review your family medical tree, see how likely it is that you have one of these syndromes, and discuss whether or not genetic testing may be right for you. This can also help you decide about taking steps to prevent colon cancer, like getting screened and treated at an early age.

Before getting genetic testing, it's important to know ahead of time what the results may or may not tell you about your risk. Genetic testing is not perfect, and in some cases the tests may not be able to provide solid answers. This is why meeting with a genetic counselor before testing is crucial in deciding if testing should be done.

Genetic tests can help determine if members of certain families have inherited a high risk for developing colorectal cancer due to syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC). Without genetic testing, all members of a family known to have an inherited form of colorectal cancer should start screening at an early age, and get screened frequently. If genetic testing is done for a known mutation within a family, those members who are found not to have the mutated gene may be able to be screened at the same age and frequency as people at average risk.

When looking at whether testing might be appropriate, a genetic counselor will try to get a detailed view of your family history.

For example, doctors have found that many families with HNPCC tend to have certain characteristics:

  • A least 3 relatives have colorectal cancer.
  • One should be a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, or child) of the other 2 relatives.
  • At least 2 successive generations are involved.
  • At least 1 relative had their cancer when they were younger than age 50.

These are called the Amsterdam criteria. If these hold true for your family, then you might want to seek genetic counseling. But even if your family history satisfies the Amsterdam criteria, it doesn't always mean you have HNPCC. Only about half of families who meet the Amsterdam criteria have HNPCC. The other half do not, and although their colorectal cancer rate is about twice as high as normal, it is not as high as that of people with HNPCC. On the other hand, many families with HNPCC do not meet the Amsterdam criteria.

A second set of criteria, called the revised Bethesda guidelines, are used to determine whether a person with colorectal cancer should have his or her cancer tested for genetic changes that are seen with HNPCC.

These criteria include at least one of the following:

  • The person is younger than 50 years.
  • The person has or had a second colorectal cancer or another cancer (endometrial, stomach, pancreas, small intestine, ovary, kidney, brain, ureters, or bile duct) that is associated with HNPCC.
  • The person is younger than 60 years and the cancer has certain characteristics seen with HNPCC when viewed under the microscope or with other lab tests.
  • The person has a first-degree relative younger than 50 who was diagnosed with colorectal cancer or another cancer often seen in HNPCC carriers (endometrial, stomach, pancreas, small intestine, ovary, kidney, brain, ureters, or bile duct).
  • The person has 2 or more first- or second-degree relatives who had colorectal cancer or an HNPCC-related cancer at any age.

If a person with colorectal cancer has any of the Bethesda criteria, genetic testing is advised to look for an inherited HNPCC-associated gene mutation. Still, most people who meet the Bethesda criteria do not have HNPCC.

Not all families with HNPCC meet any of the criteria listed. Doctors should be suspicious of HNPCC in families with colorectal cancer and other cancers associated with this syndrome, including cancers of the endometrium (lining of the uterus), ovary, stomach, small bowel, pancreas, brain, bile duct, or the lining of the kidney or the ureters.

The lifetime risk of colorectal cancer for people with an HNPCC mutation may be as high as 80%. In families known to carry an HNPCC gene mutation, doctors recommend that family members who have tested positive for the mutation and those who have not been tested should start colonoscopy screening during their early 20s to remove any polyps and find any cancers at the earliest possible stage. People known to carry one of the gene mutations may also be offered the option of removal of most of the colon.

Genetic counseling and testing is also available for those at risk of FAP. Their lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is near 100%, and in most cases it develops before the age of 40. People who test positive for the gene change linked to FAP should start colonoscopy during their teens. Most doctors recommend they have their colon removed when they are in their 20s to prevent cancer from developing.

Diet, exercise, and body weight
You can lower your risk of developing colorectal cancer by managing the risk factors that you can control, like diet and physical activity.

Diets high in vegetables and fruits have been linked with lower risk of colon cancer. Diets high in processed and/or red meats have been linked with a higher risk. The American Cancer Society recommends that you eat a healthy diet, with an emphasis on plant sources.
This includes the following:

  • Choose foods and beverages in amounts that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat 5 or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits each day.
  • Choose whole grains rather than processed (refined) grains.
  • Limit your intake of processed and red meats.

Avoiding excessive alcohol intake may also help lower your risk of colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends no more than 1 drink per day for women or 2 per day for men.

Physical activity is another area that you can control. The American Cancer Society recommends that adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity on 5 or more days of the week. Moderate or vigorous activity for at least 45 minutes on 5 or more days of the week may lower your risk for colorectal cancer even more.

Obesity raises the risk of colon cancer in both men and women, but the link seems to be stronger in men. The American Cancer Society recommends that people try to maintain a healthy weight throughout life by balancing what they eat with physical activity. If you are overweight, you can ask your doctor about a weight loss plan that will work for you.

Vitamins, calcium, and magnesium
Some studies suggest that taking a daily multi-vitamin containing folic acid, or folate, may lower colorectal cancer risk, but not all studies have found this. In fact, some studies have hinted that folic acid might help existing tumors grow. More research is needed in this area.

Some studies have suggested that vitamin D, which you can get from sun exposure, in certain foods, or in a vitamin pill, can lower colorectal cancer risk. Because of concerns that excessive sun exposure can cause skin cancer, most experts do not recommend this as a way to lower colorectal cancer risk at this time.

Other studies suggest that increasing calcium intake may lower colorectal cancer risk. Calcium is important for a number of health reasons aside from possible effects on cancer risk. But because of the possible increased risk of prostate cancer with high calcium intake, it may be wise for men to limit their daily calcium intake to less than 1,500 mg per day until further studies are done.

Calcium and vitamin D may work together to reduce colorectal cancer risk, as vitamin D aids in the body's absorption of calcium. Still, not all studies have found that supplements of these nutrients reduce risk.
A few studies have looked at a possible link between a diet high in magnesium and reduced colorectal cancer risk. Some, but not all, of these studies have found a link, especially among women. More research is needed to determine if this link exists.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Many studies have found that people who regularly use aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®) and naproxen (Aleve®), have a lower risk of colorectal cancer and adenomatous polyps. Most of these studies looked at people who took these medicines for reasons such as to treat arthritis or prevent heart attacks. Other, stronger studies have provided evidence that aspirin can prevent the growth of polyps in people who were previously treated for early stages of colorectal cancer or who previously had polyps removed.

But NSAIDs can cause serious or even life-threatening side effects such as bleeding from stomach irritation, which may outweigh the benefits of these medicines for the general public. For this reason, experts do not recommend NSAIDs as a cancer prevention strategy for people at average risk of developing colorectal cancer.

The value of these drugs for people at increased colorectal cancer risk is being actively studied. Celecoxib (Celebrex®) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for reducing polyp formation in people with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). This drug may cause less bleeding in the stomach than other NSAIDs, but it may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Aspirin or other NSAIDs can have serious side effects, so check with your doctor before starting to take any of them on a regular basis.

Female hormones
Taking estrogen and progesterone after menopause (sometimes called combined hormone replacement therapy or combined HRT) may reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer in postmenopausal women, but cancers found in women on HRT may be at a more advanced stage. Combined HRT also lowers the risk of developing osteoporosis (bone thinning). But it can also increase a woman's risk of heart disease, blood clots, and breast, lung, and uterine cancers.

The decision whether or not to use HRT should be based on a careful discussion of the possible benefits and risks with your doctor.


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The information provided is intended to present general information and not as a definitive basis for diagnosis or treatment in any particular case. It is important that you consult your physician about your specific condition.