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Anal Fissure

  What is an anal fissure?  An anal fissure is a small tear or cut in the skin that lines the anus.  Fissures typically cause pain and often bleed.  Fissures are quite common, but are often confused with other causes of pain and bleeding, suc...

Breast Lumps

Breast mass Last reviewed: August 17, 2009. A breast lump is a swelling, protuberance, or lump in the breast. Considerations Normal breast tissue is present in both males and females of all ages. This tissue responds to hormonal changes and, therefor...

Colon Cancer

A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia. Colorectal cancer; Cancer - colon; Rectal cancer; Cancer - rectum; Adenocarcinoma - colon; Colon - adenocarcinomaLast reviewed: December 28, 2010.     Colon, or colorectal, cancer is cancer that starts in the large i...

Gallstones

  A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia. Cholelithiasis; Gallbladder attack; Biliary colic; Gallstone attack; Bile calculus; Biliary calculusLast reviewed: July 6, 2009.     Gallstones are hard, pebble-like deposits that form inside the gallbladder. Gall...

Hemorrhoids

Rectal lump; Piles; Lump in the rectum Last reviewed: May 16, 2011. Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum or anus. Causes, incidence, and risk factors Hemorrhoids are very common, especially during pregnancy and a...

Hernia

  Hernia - inguinal; Inguinal hernia; Rupture; Strangulation; Incarceration Last reviewed: November 5, 2010.     A hernia is usually a sac formed by the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum).   The sac comes through a hole or weak area in ...

Obesity

  The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy: An excellent choice for substantial weight loss without the drastic anatomical changes       Why choose the Vertical Gastrectomy? No intestinal bypass or foreign body No adjustments needed Minimizes the hunger/...

Screening for breast cancer

What is breast screening?

Breast screening is a method of detecting breast cancer at a very early stage. The first step involves an x-ray of each breast - a mammogram - which is taken while carefully compressing the breast. Most women find it a bit uncomfortable and a few find it painful. The mammogram can detect small changes in breast tissue which may indicate cancers which are too small to be felt either by the woman herself or by a doctor.

Surgery for Obesity

Weight loss surgery can work well to help some people to lose weight. However, it may not be suitable, or the right decision, for everyone who wants to lose weight. Weight loss surgery is also not something to be undertaken lightly. You need to be fully prepared for weight loss surgery and you need to be highly motivated. It is important that when considering surgery you have a full understanding of what it involves, including the risks and benefits. You should also be aware of any long-term changes to your lifestyle and eating habits that you may have to make after your surgery.