The View: Deadly Disease Symptoms
Could you be at risk for devastating diseases you have never even heard of? Dr Roshini Raj was on The View to share five diseases everyone should know about, including Colon Cancer, Hypothyroidism, Lupus and GERD.
The View: Colon Cancer Prevention
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and Dr Raj explained that Colon Cancer is the third leading cause of death for women. It affects men and women equally, but it is preventable. Polyps can be detected early in cancer screenings to prevent malignancy.
Watch out for rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, or unexplained weight loss as warning signs. Get screened by age 50, unless your doctor advises it earlier depending on your family medical history.
The View: Hypothyroidism Symptoms
Hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease that tends to affect women between the ages of 15-45, though it can happen anytime. Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid, and the hormones produced there are critical for body function.
Thyroid diseases can be hereditary, but it is worth getting checked out if you think you have the symptoms.
- Dry Skin
- Puffy Face
- Feeling Cold
- Weight Gain
The View: Lupus Diagnosis
Lupus is another autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own cells, maybe in the skin or joints. It can progress to kidney disease or heart disease. It can be diagnosed via a blood test.
The View: GERD Symptoms
GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux, causes pain, burning, and inflammation in your esophagus. A sphincter in the esophagus can sometimes malfunction and cause food to reverse course in the digestive process.
Symptoms may include trouble swallowing, hoarse voice, heartburn, clearing your throat or coughing.
Joy Behar said that some GERD medications called proton pump inhibitors can lead to bone loss or increase the risk of osteoporosis. You can also treat GERD by changing your diet to lower citrus and caffeine intake, among others.
The View: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Elisabeth Hasselbeck said that she does not believe in IBS, since she was incorrectly diagnosed with it for a decade before uncovering her true condition, Celiac Disease. Dr Raj said that IBS is real, and symptoms might be altered bowel movements with abdominal pain.
But it is a diagnosis of exclusion, and there is no conclusive screening test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.