Harvard Men's Health Watch

That pain in your side could be diverticular disease

Fiber and an active lifestyle prevent flare-ups, but act promptly if it hurts or bleeds.

Many men discover they have diverticular disease after a routine colon screening exam to check for hidden colon cancer. Others find out the hard way: intense lower abdominal pain and a fever, and sometimes copious rectal bleeding. What's going on down there, and what can you do about it?

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