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A) What is the colon and what does it do?
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract has several structures starting with the mouth, followed by the esophagus, stomach, intestines, and ending with the rectum.
The intestines has two parts: the small intestine and large intestine (the colon). The colon is the end section of the intestine, and is six to twelve feet in length. It begins on the right lower area of the abdomen, goes up along the right side, across the top of the abdomen, down the left side and ends at the anus. The last six inches of the colon is the rectum.
The primary function of the colon is water absorption. Very little nutrition absorption takes place in the colon. As a result, we can remove a portion or all of the colon and your body can continue to have good nutrition.

B) What is the rectum and what does it do? 

The rectum is the last six inches of the large intestine or colon. It serves as a reservoir or holding tank for the for the stool before a bowel movement occurs.

C) What causes colorectal cancer?
The exact causes of colorectal cancer are unknown, however, some known risk factors include the following:
1. Family History of Cancer
2. Prior Personal History of Cancer
3. History of Adenomatous Polyps
4. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
5. Environment
6. Diet

D) Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer 

Early detection is very important! The earlier the polyp or cancer is detected, the better the chance for cure. If you are in the High Risk category you should ask your doctor when to begin your evaluation.If you are not in the High Risk category and are not having symptoms your evaluation should start at age 45.

E) What are the symptoms of Colorectal Cancer? Change in bowel habits. Blood in the stool (bright red or very dark). Stools that are narrower than usual. Weight loss with no known reason. Constant tiredness. Vomiting.

F) Tell me a bit about Infra Red Coagulation?

Infra Red Coagulation is a technique of treating early hemorrhoids in the office. It is painless, takes about 10 minutes and involves no downtime after the procedure. As there are usually more than one group of hemorrhoids, you may need 2 or more treatments for full resolution of the problem.

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