Too Many People Skip Important Colon Cancer Screenings

Although colorectal cancer remains the the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, many people can lower their risk by staying up to date with screening tests. If colon cancer is detected in its early stages, it is up to 90 percent curable, according to the National Cancer Institute. Despite the effectiveness of […]

Locally Grown: Fall for Nutrition in Hampton Roads

Move over summer produce. Hampton Roads is about to deliver a nutritional knockout this fall with fresh oysters and locally grown fruits and vegetables. It’s one of the perks that come with living in a state that boasts eight oyster regions and one of the most diverse agricultural productions nationwide. From apples and asian pears […]

Colorectal Cancer: Get Screened, Put the Worry Behind You

The top 5 reasons people have for not getting checked for colorectal cancer – the second leading cancer killer in the United States – reveal many misconceptions about this important screening. According to American Cancer Society research, nearly all unscreened people understand that federal guidelines recommend getting screened for colorectal cancer at age 50, yet […]

Eating Whole Grains May Lower Risk of Premature Death, Study Suggests

Oatmeal may not be your top choice for breakfast but it could become your favorite when you consider the benefits of eating whole grains. Researchers say eating at least three servings of whole grains every day may lower your risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and all causes, according to an analysis of nutrition studies published […]

Foods that Fight Colon Cancer

By Brittny Small, Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educator for Bon Secours Medical Group March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, so today we are focusing on nutrition for your gut! It’s widely known that what you eat significantly impacts your health and wellbeing.  Below, we are dishing out some healthy ways to ward off colon cancer. Boost the antioxidants-These potent substances are […]

Gut Bacteria May Influence Weight, Cholesterol Levels and Heart Health

Recent studies have suggested that the bacteria living in our digestive tracts may influence a wide variety of physical and mental health conditions from depression and anxiety to rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome. Now, it appears these gut microbes may also affect cardiovascular health. A new study published in the American Heart Association journal […]

Bon Secours Surgical Specialists Welcomes Joseph Frenkel, MD

Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System is pleased to announce that Joseph Frenkel, MD, has joined Bon Secours Surgical Specialists in Suffolk. Dr. Frenkel is a board-certified colorectal surgeon. Dr. Frenkel received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency at Boston University and a colorectal surgery […]

4 Men’s Health Tests You Should NEVER Miss

This blog was contributed by Paa-Kofi Obeng, DO, internal medicine and men’s health physician at Nansemond Suffolk Family Practice. It can be difficult to get men to the doctor when they are sick, let alone when they are healthy. But as men age, it is vital to keep an eye on their health, even if […]

How Your Kitchen Can Reduce Your Risk for Colon Cancer

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a time to learn more about colon cancer and how you can reduce your risk for developing the disease. While some risk factors, like your family history, can’t be changed, what goes on in your kitchen can go a long way in keeping your colon healthy. To lower your […]

When to Talk to Your Doctor About Your Stool

As part of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, it is time to have the talk with your doctor. You may feel awkward talking with someone about your bowel movements, but in some cases this conversation could save your life. You need to talk to your doctor about your stool if: 1) Your stool is black or […]