Her gastroenterologist at St. Vincent Healthcare discovered polyps – an abnormal growth of tissue. “Well she said that if she wouldn’t have taken the polyps out, they would have became cancerous,” Quanbeck said. Abbie makes up part of the one in four Americans who are diagnosed with a form of cancer throughout their life time. “Colon cancer, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States,” said Dr. Rose Danielson, Gastroenterologist at St. Vincent Healthcare. This form of cancer equally affects both men and women. People above the age of 50 are more likely to be diagnosed. But there are some lifestyle choices that can increase the risk. “Obesity and the use of tobacco both have increased incidents of colon cancer,” Dr. Danielson said. Eighty-five-percent of those diagnosed with colon cancer have no family history of the disease, and Dr. Danielson says no one should ever die from Colon Cancer.
Sensitive Stomach? Lourdes Gastroenterologist Advises IBS Sufferers to Think Twice About What They Eat This Holiday Weekend
Choose water – Beer, iced tea and soda are common outdoor beverages during the summer months, but alcohol and caffeine are culprits for IBS. Carbonation can also contribute to bloating in IBS sufferers. Instead, stay hydrated with still water and add lemon for flavor and help with digestion. Limit your fat intake – Fried and fatty foods, such as hamburgers and fried chicken slow down your digestive system and can cause cramping and abdominal pain in some IBS sufferers. Dr. Sokol suggests buying lean meat with the lowest fat percentage you can find. Grilled chicken and fish are safe options. Dont scream for ice cream – Dairy products can be a problem for people with IBS if they have difficulty digesting lactose, the sugar found in milk. If this is the case for you, steer clear of cheese on your burgers, ice cream and the like. Italian ice and sorbet are good alternatives. Think big, eat small – For IBS suffers, an overstuffed stomach is more likely to result in cramping and diarrhea.
Dr. Howard F. Raskin, gastroenterologist
Howard F. Raskin, former chief of the gastroenterology department at Maryland General Hospital , died Sept. 17 at Duke University Hospital during surgery to replace a heart valve. The longtime Owings Mills resident was 87. “Howard was one of the smartest men I ever knew at the University of Maryland Hospital. He was top-drawer and had the manner of a gentleman,” said Dr. Jason Max Masters, who retired in 1990 from the hospital, where he had been director of medical technology. “He was an expert in the field of gastroenterology and would always come and give lectures for me. He spent a lot of time working with the students,” said Dr. Masters, who lives in Glen Arm. “He also had an excellent bedside manner and a glowing personality, and I never knew of anyone ever complaining about him. He was that way with everybody.” Howard Frank Raskin was born in Baltimore to a medical family his father, Dr. Moses Raskin, was a noted eye, ear, nose and throat specialist, and his mother, Rose Frank Raskin, had been acting superintendent of nursing at the old Sinai Hospital on Monument Street. He was raised on Eutaw Place.