The Healthy ELDR

Fred Cicetti

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Talking Openly About Rectal Cancer

Q. I've noticed that today people talk openly about rectal cancer. This isn't something you used to discuss in polite company. Why is this?

A. There is a new attitude that protecting your life is more important than protecting your sensibilities. I think the new openness is helping to reduce cancer deaths.

This reminds me of my friend, Pete, who has a "colonoscopy rule." He insists that, if a bunch of us geezers are talking about aches, maladies and visits to the doctors, everyone has to change the subject as soon as someone uses the word "colonoscopy." Usually we switch to grandchildren, which is a lot more fun.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Relief for Bladder Control Problems

Q. This is embarrassing to discuss with anyone so I thought I'd write to you about it. I'm having bladder-control problems. What can I do?

A. About 10 percent of men and women over the age of 65 have trouble with bladder control, also know officially as urinary incontinence. Women suffer from this more than men.

During urination, muscles in the bladder contract, forcing urine into the urethra, a tube that carries urine out of the body. At the same time, muscles surrounding the urethra relax and let the urine pass. If the bladder muscles contract or the muscles surrounding the urethra relax without warning, the result is incontinence.

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