Episode 18: Colorectal Screenings & Health Issues with Joseph Mareno, MD

Episode 18

Colorectal Health Issues with Joseph Mareno, MD

In Episode 18, Erin Everett, NP-C, welcomes Dr. Joseph Mareno, a board certified Colorectal Surgeon to the podcast. During the episode, Erin and Dr. Mareno discuss the importance of Colorectal Screenings, as well as a wide range colorectal health issues including HPV, Condylomas, Anal Fissures, Hemorrhoids, Polyps, Colon Cancer, and Colonoscopies.

About This Episode

In episode eighteen of Exclusively Inclusive, Erin Everett, NP-C, interviews Dr. Joseph Mareno of Atlanta Colorectal Surgery, PC. Dr. Mareno is a board certified Colorectal Surgeon with extensive experience screening, diagnosing, and treating a variety of Colorectal health issues.

During the episode, Erin and Dr. Mareno discuss the importance of colorectal screenings and related colorectal health issues. Among the colorectal health issues discussed are HPV and its link to anal cancer, as well as diagnosing and treating more common issues such as Anal Fissures, Hemorrhoids, and Polyps.

Later in the episode, Dr. Mareno highlights the increase in occurrence of colon cancer in younger patients, and the American Cancer Society’s update of its Colorectal cancer screening guidelines in 2018, lowering the recommended screening age to 45 from 50.  Dr. Mareno goes on to emphasize the need for patients to not ignore symptoms of persistent bleeding or abdominal pain as being hemorrhoids or something else benign, and to have these symptoms evaluated by a physician.

Rounding out the episode, the two further discuss Colonoscopies and frequency of necessary colorectal screenings, Cologuard testing as a possible alternative to colonoscopy, surgical options to remove polyps and colorectal cancer, and ways to reduce the risk of colorectal health issues by eating a balanced diet, exercising, and avoiding smoking.

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