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What to Expect at a Colon Cancer Screening Sep 1st, 2021

Colon cancer screenings play an important role in your overall health, providing your doctor with the ability to stop colorectal cancer from growing. Unfortunately, many Americans don’t get the life-saving screening they need — often because they don’t understand what’s involved. At the Rivas Digestive Center in Hollywood, Florida, our...

How to Get Control of Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome Aug 9th, 2021

If you’re one of the 10-15% of Americans affected by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the chronic digestive disorder can disrupt your life and make everyday interactions at work, school, or home a challenge. It can cause unpleasant symptoms that occur each week for at least 6 months, including: Abdominal pain...

Can Colon Cancer Be Prevented? Jul 13th, 2021

Every year, over 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer, which forms in the part of your large intestine called the colon. Most people don’t have any noticeable signs or symptoms of the disease until it progresses, when it can cause: Changes in your bowel movements (e.g., diarrhea, constipation, different...

Understanding the Different Types of Hepatitis and Your Risks Jun 22nd, 2021

Your liver does more than break down the nutrients in the foods and beverages you ingest. It also filters toxins out of your blood, synthesizes proteins, stores glycogen, vitamins, and minerals, and metabolizes medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements. Hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver, impairs your liver’s ability to function....

5 Causes of Abdominal Pain May 11th, 2021

While everyone experiences some type of abdominal pain at one point or another, persistent or recurrent abdominal pain could be a sign of an underlying problem. Knowing what’s causing your pain can sometimes be a challenge, however.  At the Rivas Digestive Center in Hollywood, Florida, gastroenterologist John M. Rivas, MD,...

Are You At Risk for Hemorrhoids? Apr 8th, 2021

Did you know that about 75% of American adults will experience the discomfort of hemorrhoids at some point in their lives? Although this condition that affects the anus and lower rectum is common, it can be embarrassing to talk about, making it difficult to know whether you’re at risk.   To...

Why Screening for Colorectal Cancer Is Important (And Easier Than You Might Think) Mar 14th, 2021

Did you know that colorectal cancer is a highly preventable disease? Yet despite medical advancements that allow doctors to stop colorectal cancer before it starts, colon cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US.   The good news is that a simple colon cancer screening can...

Lifestyle Adjustments When You're Diagnosed With Celiac Disease Feb 8th, 2021

Are you one of the 3 million Americans diagnosed with celiac disease? If so, you may feel lost, wondering how you’ll adjust to life without gluten. At the Rivas Digestive Center in Hollywood, Florida, we understand how difficult living with celiac disease can be. Triple board-certified gastroenterologist John M. Rivas,...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore GERD Jan 12th, 2021

If you have recurrent acid reflux, you know how much it can impact your life. Worrying about what you eat and whether it will affect you later on can be frustrating. When it strikes you by surprise, the discomfort and pain of acid reflux can make life unpleasant.  When acid...

Are You at Risk for Colon Cancer? Dec 6th, 2020

Chances are you’ve heard of colon cancer, but did you know it’s the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States? Triple board-certified gastroenterologist John M. Rivas, MD, helps patients prevent and catch this deadly disease early with colon cancer screenings.   Dr. Rivas meets with you at the...

Here's How You Can Manage Your IBS Nov 1st, 2020

If you struggle with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you’ve got company. Medical researchers estimate that between 25-45 million Americans have this digestive problem, as well as between 10-15% of the global population.  More than half of the people with IBS report moderate-to-severe symptoms. And for people with this degree of...

5 Foods that Promote Colon Health Oct 9th, 2020

What you eat not only affects how you feel today, but it may also influence your future health. Making healthy food choices makes it easier for you to maintain a healthy weight and prevent chronic health issues. Your food choices particularly influence colon health. Diet plays a critical role in...

Dos and Don’ts of Gluten-Free Eating Sep 18th, 2020

Many people follow a gluten-free diet to help with weight loss, boost their energy levels, or improve athletic performance.  Though there’s very little evidence that the gluten-free diet helps with weight loss or energy levels, the diet is medically necessary for people diagnosed with celiac disease or nonceliac gluten sensitivity,...

5 Tips to Control Acid Reflux Symptoms Aug 20th, 2020

Every month, more than 60 million people in the United States experience acid reflux symptoms, better known as heartburn. If you’re among the one-quarter of people who experience acid reflux symptoms almost daily, you may have a more chronic condition caused gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).  No matter the frequency of...

When Do Hemorrhoids Require Medical Intervention? Jul 30th, 2020

Your hemorrhoids can be an embarrassing topic to discuss with anyone, even your doctor. But hemorrhoids are common and affect 5% of adults in the United States every year, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. It’s estimated, in fact, that as many as three...