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Ask the doctor: Prostate surgery and ED

Studies have not shown that taking an erectile function drug right after prostate surgery helps men to recover more erectile function, compared with just taking the drugs as needed for sexual activity. (Locked) More »

If you want to avoid colonoscopy, you still have effective options

Colonoscopy is the most effective way to prevent colon cancer, but it is more inconvenient and carries more risks than other options. A person must take strong laxatives before colonoscopy to clear out the colon. There is a small risk of tearing the colon wall during the procedure. Colonoscopy usually includes light sedation. The next best option after colonoscopy is stool testing. It is not as invasive as colonoscopy but must be done more frequently and is less effective at catching precancerous growths before they develop into cancer. (Locked) More »

Screening for lung cancer: Are you a candidate for this test?

In lung cancer screening, an otherwise healthy person gets a CT scan to check for small tumors that have not started to cause problems. Screening is recommended for current or former smokers who smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years and have quit less than 15 years ago. If a scan picks up an abnormality, follow-up scans will be required. Additional procedures, like biopsies, may also be required to confirm or rule out cancer. The risk of complications from the screening is relatively small. Abnormal findings from a scan can also cause fear or anxiety. It’s important to weigh the risks and benefits of screening and to have it done at a location with experience diagnosing and treating lung cancer. (Locked) More »