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Medical Frontiers: Colorectal Cancer

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — KDKA Radio’s Robert Mangino and Dr. Gerald Pifer welcomed two expert doctors on the show to discuss colorectal disease and colon cancer.

Both of the doctors practice at Allegheny General Hospital, West Penn Hospital and Forbes Regional Hospital.

Gastroenterologist Elie Aoun said he deals with chron’s disease, irritable bowl syndrome, polyps and cancers. His basic recommendations for colonoscopy screenings are for Caucasians to begin at age 50, while African-Americans should begin at age 45.

Aoun also says that the colonoscopy prep now has a lower volume and can be taken the evening before and the morning of the procedure, instead of all in one night.

“The prep size is now smaller than a big Diet Coke you can get at a movie,” he said.

Colorectal Surgeon James McCormick said he uses robotic technology in order to perform surgery in hard to reach places. He also said that one’s diet can cause issues with the colon such as eating too much red meat.

Call 412-DOCTORS to schedule an appointment with one of the doctors.

Listen to Medical Frontiers every Monday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.