Paul N. Yakshe MD, Gastroenterology
9825 Hospital Drive, Suite 105
Maple Grove, MN 55369
O: 763-383-7818  Fax: 763-553-9340

 

 

Welcome to our Patient Education page!

Dr. Yakshe and his staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your digestive system. Please use the search field below to browse our website. You'll find a wide array of information about our office, your digestive health and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.

In addition, disease or illness may precipitate a spiritual or emotional crisis in our lives. Conversely, a psycholological, spiritual or social problem may be the root cause of illness. Either way, exploring the connection betwen the them is sometimes important. Visitors may find the following resources helpful in this regard:

  • Healing Yourself: A Step by Step Program for Better Health Through Imagery (Clinical research on the mind/body connection, showing how to unleash the body's natural healing powers), by Martin Rossman, MD. Pocket Books, NY 1987
  • Healing Works: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine (how prayer complements, but doesn't replace good medicine), by Larry Dossey MD, San Francisco 1993.
  • Minding the Body, Mending the Mind (insignts on how to take control of your physical and emotional well being), by Joan Borysenko PhD Bantam Books, NY 1987
  • Healing and the Mind (a good introduction on the power of the mind to influence healing), by Bill Moyers, Doubleday, NY 1993
  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind To Face Stress, Pain and Illness (a guide to midfullness meditation and healing), by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dell Publishing, NY 1990.

This information was developed by the Publications Committee of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). For more information about ASGE, visit www.asge.org.

This information is intended only to provide general guidance. It does not provide definitive medical advice. It is important that you consult your doctor about your specific condition.

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Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Approximately 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed every year in the United States and nearly 50,000 people die from the disease. It has been estimated that increased awareness and screening would save at least 30,000 lives each year. Colorectal cancer is highly preventable and can be detected by testing even before there are symptoms. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy encourages everyone over 50, or those under 50 with a family history or other risk factors, to be screened for colorectal cancer.

A colonoscopy screening exam is almost always done on an outpatient basis. The procedure typically takes less than 45 minutes.

Six Questions That Could Save Your Life
(or the Life of Someone You Love)

Test your knowledge about colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. If you think the answer is true or mostly true, answer true. If you think the answer is false or mostly false, answer false.

1. Colorectal cancer is predominantly a "man's disease," affecting many more men than women annually.

FALSE. Colorectal cancer affects an equal number of men and women. Many women, however, think of CRC as a disease only affecting men and might be unaware of important information about screening and preventing colorectal cancer that could save their lives, says the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

2. Only women over the age of 50 who are currently experiencing some symptoms or problems should be screened for colorectal cancer or polyps.

FALSE. Beginning at age 50, all men and women should be screened for colorectal cancer EVEN IF THEY ARE EXPERIENCING NO PROBLEMS OR SYMPTOMS.

In a colonoscopy, the physician passes the endoscope through your rectum and into the colon, allowing the physician to examine the tissue of the colon wall for abnormalities such as polyps.

3. A colonoscopy screening exam typically requires an overnight stay in a hospital.

FALSE. A colonoscopy screening exam is almost always done on an outpatient basis. A mild sedative is usually given before the procedure and then a flexible, slender tube is inserted into the rectum to look inside the colon. The test is safe and the procedure itself typically takes less than 45 minutes.

4. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

TRUE. After lung cancer, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Annually, approximately 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed in the United States and 50,000 people die from the disease. It has been estimated that increased awareness and screening would save at least 30,000 lives each year.

5. Tests used for screening for colon cancer include digital rectal exam, stool blood test, flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy.

TRUE. These tests are used to screen for colorectal cancer even before there are symptoms. Talk to your healthcare provider about which test is best for you. Current recommended screening options* include:

Beginning at age 50, men and women should have:

  • An annual occult blood test on spontaneously passed stool (at a minimum);
  • A flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years; or,
  • A complete colonoscopy every 10 years.
The endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a camera and a light on the end of it. During the procedure, images of the colon wall are simultaneously viewed on a monitor.


Important: You may need to begin periodic screening colonoscopy earlier than age 50 years if you have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer, polyps or long-standing ulcerative colitis.

6. Colon cancer is often preventable.

TRUE. Colorectal cancer is highly preventable. Colonoscopy may detect polyps (small growths on the lining of the colon). Removal of these polyps (by biopsy or snare polypectomy) results in a major reduction in the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer in the future.

For Your Information

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy encourages you to talk with your healthcare provider about colon cancer screening and encourages everyone over the age of 50 to undergo the appropriate screening. If your primary healthcare provider has recommended a colonoscopy, you can find a physician with specialized training in these GI endoscopic procedures by using the free Find a Doctor tool on ASGE's Web site at www.screen4coloncancer.org. For more information about colon cancer screening, visit www.screen4coloncancer.org.

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