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By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
July 22, 2020
Category: GI Care

Could you benefit from getting a colon cancer screening?

There comes a time when everyone should turn to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. After all, it is the most effective colon cancer screening tool that our Houston gastroenterologist Dr. Vikram Jayanty offers. With colorectal cancer rates rising in the US, particularly with younger individuals, it’s important to understand when a colon cancer screening could benefit you.

It’s time to consider getting a colon cancer screening in Houston if,

  • You are a man or woman who just turned 50 years old
  • You have a family history of colorectal cancer
  • You have a personal history of cancer or colon polyps
  • You are dealing with symptoms of colon cancer such as rectal bleeding, bowel changes, abdominal pain and unexpected weight loss
  • You have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease

Most healthy individuals can start getting regular colon cancer screenings at the age of 50; however, men and women who have risk factors for colorectal cancer may want to talk with their gastroenterologist about getting screened earlier.

What are the risk factors associated with colorectal cancer?

There are certain factors associated with colorectal cancer that are fixed. These factors include,

  • Genetics/family history
  • Ethnicity (African Americans are more at risk)
  • Age (most people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are over 50 years old)
  • Certain genetic disorders
  • Certain health problem such as IBD
  • Personal history of colorectal cancer or colon polyps

However, there are risk factors that you can alter to improve your health and reduce your risk. These factors include,

  • Being overweight
  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle
  • Eating a poor diet high in processed meats and saturated fats
  • Smoking
  • Heavy drinking

As you can see, there are changes you can start making to your current lifestyle to reduce the likelihood of colorectal cancer. This includes,

  • Losing excess weight
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Eating a healthy, plant-based diet

Not sure what changes you should make to improve your colon health? Talk with your doctor. If you need to schedule your first colon cancer screening with our Houston team or you have questions about the other gastroenterology services we offer, don’t hesitate to call Houston Endoscopy and Research Center at (713) 932-9200 to schedule an appointment.


By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
July 13, 2020
Tags: Heartburn  

Are mealtimes leaving you with chest burning and discomfort?

Have you started to notice that some of your favorite foods are leaving you with a burning, gnawing in your chest? Have mealtimes become frustrating because it seems that everything seems to set off a sore throat, acidity in your mouth, food regurgitation, or burning in the throat and chest? If so, then you might have heartburn (acid reflux). Don’t worry; our Houston, TX, gastroenterologist, Dr. Jayanty, will provide you with the answers you need.

What is heartburn?

Every time you eat your stomach produces acid, which helps break down food as it goes through the digestive tract. The acid should remain in the stomach; however, if you suffer from heartburn, the stomach acid will go back up the esophagus where it will burn and irritate the throat. If left untreated, this can lead to serious damage to the esophagus.

What triggers heartburn symptoms?

There are certain habits and foods that can make your heartburn symptoms flare-up. Habits such as when you eat, how much you eat, what time you eat, and when you exercise can all trigger acid reflux.

Common triggers include:

  • Eating large meals (particularly before bed)
  • Consuming foods that are greasy, fatty or spicy
  • Consuming alcohol and caffeinated beverages
  • Exercising right after eating
  • Taking certain medications (e.g. blood pressure medications)


It’s a good idea to eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day and to avoid eating about two hours before bedtime. You should also wait for about two hours after eating before exercising.

Keep a journal of foods and drinks that trigger your heartburn so that you can avoid them whenever possible. If certain medications are causing acid reflux to flare-up then it’s a good idea to talk to our Houston GI doctor about your options.

How is heartburn treated?

If you are dealing with mild-to-moderate heartburn you may be able to alter your lifestyle and take over-the-counter heartburn medications to relieve your symptoms. Of course, those dealing with more severe symptoms may require prescription medications to reduce or even prevent the production of stomach acid to help the esophagus heal from damage.

If you suspect that you are dealing with acid reflux then it’s time you called Dr. Jayanty in Houston, TX, to schedule an evaluation. Let’s figure out what’s causing your symptoms and help you manage these issues so that you can find joy in mealtimes again.

Unattended acid reflux and heartburn can lead to esophageal cancer. In fact, GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) is the number one cause of esophageal cancer. Please call the office for details.