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let's get to it, march is colan cancer awareness month. according to the cdc, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the united states. 140,000 americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year. more than 90% of colorectal cancers occur in people age 50 or old. dr. samadi, we can start with the risk factors, how do you reduce the risk. do you have to get a colonoscopy? >> good questions. 140,000 colorectal cancers a year and 50,000 still die from this. people don't need to die from colon cancer. it's preventable and treatable if you really go for a screening. right now the recommendation is to get screening over the age of 50. we'll talk who is at high risk and who should be doing more screening. >> is screening the colonoscopy? >> that's right. and it reduces the risk of death by 60%.
who are some of the people at risk? if you're consuming a lot of fatty food, red meat, not consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables, obesity, any kind of inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis you're high at risk. screen something important because you find changes in the lining of the colon, about six feet of colon we find them polyps, early stage and when you remove the polyps you can cure somebody. if you leave them alone and don't find them, they can become a bigger mass and what happens is they can grow into the colon, so if you see changes in your bowel habits, that's how you know you may have colon cancer. you see blood in your stools, fatigue or narrow stool, important signs you need to pay attention and go to the doctor and get screened. >> dr. siegel, i said this before on this program, my father died of colon cancer,
didn't have a colonoscopy, a tragedy, sadness in our family. he had some of the symptoms. what would you say to a patient who came in with the symptoms in your office? >> first of all, eric, you don't have to have the symptoms. if you're over the age of 50 you may have no symptoms at all. as arthel said at the beginning 90% of colon cancers over the age of 50. that's why we use 50 as our target starting point. with the change in bowel habits david said, yes, a colonoscopy right away. even without weight loss and change in bowel habits, with family history. someone had colon cancer or polyps because 35% to 40% of adults have polyps, which a polyp is the outpocketing of the colon. it's not cancer. 25% of the time a certain kind develops into cancer. you know how long it takes, eric? seven or eight years. that's why we want to find the polyps and that puts you into a group, arthel, if you have the
polyps we have to screen you more often. >> they snip them off? >> unless they're big or invading in a wall then you have to do more of a procedure but you snip them off most of the time and you're done. colonoscopy two or three years, maybe one year. you change your screening procedure. you ask about screening. i want to say one more thing about screening. colon cancer we generally use coal onoscopy. i agree with david. there is a virtual colonoscopy people ask about. the prep is the same for regular colonoscopy. the regular is better for people that are very afraid of that scope or can't have that scope a virtual where they do it radiographically in a roadologist's office. >> dr. samadi, since you're the guy who does all this kind of stuff and so do you, dr. marc as well. i want to ask you particularly dr. samadi, i'm ant anti-colonoscopy. i'm not a doctor. i don't like them.
what about the virtual screening, will it work and detect if i have poll snips. >> i got to individualize the care. i would sit with you what diet you have and what you eat and change some of your diet. if you are lower risk of getting colon cancer and don't want to go through this invasive procedure or get your colonoscopy, cologuard is a dna stool test you can do it at home and guess what? 92% accurate and if it turns out that it's positive, that's when you should go for your colonoscopy. you doent' have a choice at that time. that's important. i would also ask about family history. 3% of colon cancer out there is part of the syndrome very aggressive one called lynch syndrome, the families that get colon cancer early age, in 20 or 25-year-olds, they may get endomerial or ovarian cancers, there are genetic tests that you can see this. what is my take-home message to a lot of people out there, cut
down on fatty foods, get rid of red meat to maybe three or four times a month, lose weight. you're a fan of turmer, garlic, green tea and check your vitamin d. low vitamin d can increase your risk of colon cancer. >> cologuard does it work, is it accurate? >> cologuard is something studied and a new kid on the block. i don't think it takes the place of colonoscopies or checking for blood. it's something we could use as an adjunct but what i think people really need to do is stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol, have a high fiber diet, lose weight as david said, get screened, increase your exercise, all of this. >> no fun. >> all of this actually, by the way one more thing. david wanted me to mention this. there's a new study out and it's not proof but it shows that you decrease your risk of colan cancer likely that you decrease it greatly over the age of 50,
if you have an aspirin a day. i am not telling people to have an aspirin a day as a result of the study but it increases the chances i may give you one. i'm already thinking heart disease, stroke. i know it can increase your risk of bleeding. i it he bait this but i'm thinking it may help decrease the risk. >> where do i pick the cologuard up? >> you can order it, comes to you and about $500. >> only through the doctor? >> it's online also. i will put it on our personal facebook but i think what marc is trying to tell you is, and he's 100% right. he wants to push for colonoscopy and saves lives and doesn't want people to know aspirin is a replacement for a colonoscopy or cologuard. if you happen to be phobic and don't want of it the procedure i think you agree it's better to get this than -- >> brian: better than nothing absolutely. >> you do the cologuard, i am on my three years, every three
years and the prep not that bad like it used to be. used to be really bad. used to be like i don't want to talk about it. >> people who benefited the most taking that aspirin a day were the ones that hadn't had a colonoscopy. it points out it's doing some of the work for you, screening your colon, saying you have a polyp and getting the polyp out. >> i'll take aspirin. >> when i'm lying on the table i'll think of you guys. a public health problem doctors say has gone under the radar. the concerns and the troubling spike in the overdoses that are linked to anxiety medications. stay with us. the doctors will fill us in. to truly feel healthy on the outside you have to feel healthy... ...at your core. trubiotics a probiotic from one a day naturally helps support both your digestive and immune health by combining... ... two types of good bacteria. trubiotics. be true to your health. whei just put in the namey,
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medications such as valium and xanax quadrupled over the last two decades. dr. siegel, it's too easy to pop too many pills, is that it? >> that's part of it. the number of prescriptions increased by two-thirds at the same time the number of deaths of overdoses increase by four times. that's from '96 to 2013. why has this happened? it's too easy to take the pills. another is doctors are not watching what they're prescribing. i'm glad in new york state there's a system called i stop now where doctors have to go to a website and chart these things so that we keep track of who else the patient is getting. >> stops the doctor shopping. >> that's what patients do also. who is taking them? clonpin, valium, xanax, you put them in your medicine cabinet is someone else taking this em? we use them for muscle relaxants, to help you sleep at night, for insomnia, if you're wide awake, worried, great pill,
we use it for alcohol withdrawal, someone trying to get off alcohol, muscle relaxants. so many different reasons we're using these pills that it's easy to slip into the habit of overusing them. they're highly addictive and physicians have to be watching. >> what about cutting down on prescribing these pills? >> that's part of the problem. as we mentioned the number of overdose has gone up, a lot of teenagers are starting to use these. you can use them for insomnia, anxiety and what has happened, 30% of overdose in 2013 were as a result of meditations the bendos they call them and you can build tolerance, after a while the same dose is not going to do it and you need more and more, and the withdrawal from these medications is who ahorre, it's terrible. one point that i want people to know is that when you start mixing these with other medications and alcohol, two lus two in here is not four. it's eight, when you get into the lethal zone. why? because these are activating the
neurotransmitters called gabba and that calms down your brain. add more alcohol to it, it can kill you. i think part of the culture, just go back to what you were saying, doctors it's a knee-jerk reaction they want to get the patient out, they write the prescription and patients want the quick fix. that culture is a problem. one other thing, quick point -- >> 2.5 million americans, sorry, doc. >> it's alcohol plus these things suppress your breathing and you stop breathing. if you take alcohol, pain killers and these drugs together you could stop breathing. that's the key. >> sorry to cut you off but we're short on time. nearly 2.5 million americans living with the disease. coming up we'll talk about atrial fibrillation, commonly own as afib, what is it and how concerned should you be? staying in rhythm...
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you know you have it and how likely is it to get it? >> it doesn't have the normal rhythm of the heart. the heart has two and they are in sink, they have to work together in order to pump the blood all over your body when you have atrial fibrillation the heart is out of sync. atrial is kicking on its own, not coordinated and the blood doesn't get to the right places. as a result you're at a high risk of getting stroke fourfold and two times fold risk of getting death from atrial fibrillation. 60% of the patients, 2.7 million people who have afib may not have symptoms but you may have shortness of breath, you may be dizzy and tired and all of the symptoms. check with your doctor. your heart may be racing. >> how do you get it? >> age, famently history, smoking diabetes, high blood pressure, all the enemies that we have. you get an ekg and the whole
rhythm is out of sync. cue coumadin and blood medication reduces the risk. >> the northern part of the heart, the atrial irregular heartbeat. irregular heart beat. i look at an ekg and see spikes and they are irregular. i want to control the rate. i want to slow the rate. with afib most of the time it's too fast. viewer wrote in what if the rate is 30 or 40. he or she may be on something to lower his rate but sometimes it lowers it too much and if it lowers it too much they will black out from that. i may have to put in a pace maker. >> you can feel it.
>> you can feel the irregular beat. most of the time you can feel tier regul the irregular beat. blood clots build up in the heart and go off to the brain. to an your question better. you don't always feel everything. the other day i screened somebody with an ekg and i found afib. he said i feel fine. >> if you were on blood pressure medication it was too, low switch your medication to get your blood pressure up. okay. how tricky is that to keep readjusting your blood pressure medication. >> you need to monitor. under surveillance of a cardiologyist very closely. this is a tricky business. every time a person comes in for an operation this is a big red spot. that's why some of the things
mark mentioned, we basically play with some of the electrical stimulation of the heart to convert them to regular rhythm and prep them for surgery because these patients are at high-risk of stroke. >> got to go. our viewers in danger yes or no? >> he needs to be checked by a cardiologist. sometimes we can convert you back to normal rhythm and sometimes we can't. depends on what your heart looks like. >> interesting segment coming up. we got kids. you have germs. germ phobic. one doctor says not a good idea, kids need play in it. adele used to eat it.
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putting them in a position and too many antibiotics to our cattle, beef and chickens so kids are exposed to so many antibiotics that it knocks out the bacteria they are supposed to have and develop more allergy, gain more weight and that's not healthy. >> i think old-fashioned playing in the garden out there and being exposed to dirt is actually good for you. stimulates your immune system. we're overly sanitized. eating too much processed meat and our kids are behind the technology with ipads and not out there. one thing about peanut allergy, its called learn study early about peanut allergies. when you feed your kids peanuts their immune system will prepared to have less allergies. world health organization said just breast mirage and no peanut, new thinking if you feed your kids early peanuts their immune system will be prepared. >> i'm not for eating dirt i'm
for the exposure. >> i'm not allergic to anything and i rarely gets sick. >> early exposure. >> it's oral treatment of your immune system and it does work. >> play in it just don't eat the dirt. this is super tuesday deja vu. candidates are kicking their campaigns in to high gear on this last weekend before millions of voters in five critical states some of them winner take all go to the polls. rejecting calls to the lower the temperature of his campaign donald trump heads into the latest contest looking to cement his lead. >> john kasich is holding a town hall right now in ohio. it's do or die for him and senator rub. they are both hoping their favorite son status holz sway with voters in their home state. welcome to america's