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Surgeon, Dr. Dennis Begos Discusses the Effects of Dietary Habits and Colon Cancer Risks

Dennis Begos, M.D. explained, “According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), 50% of polyps greater than 2 centimeters in size are cancerous, and approximately 1% of polyps with a diameter less than a centimeter are cancerous. The ACS recommends having all polyps removed (no matter the size) and having a follow-up colonoscopy within a time-frame recommended by your physician. The ACS also suggests that if the polyps are any bigger than 1 centimeter, or if you have more than one, that you are considered at higher risk for colon cancer.”

Dr. Begos continued, “The number one risk factor is age; however, even younger people can develop colon cancer, especially if they have a family history of the disease or lifestyle and health conditions that impact risk.”

Lifestyle Risk Factors:

  • Being over age 45 (or younger in some cases)
  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Poor Dietary habits
  • Excessive Alcohol Consumption

Health Conditions that can Affect Risk:

  • IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • History of breast, uterine or ovarian cancer
  • Lynch Syndrome

Dr. Dennis Begos further discussed nutrition, “Dietary changes can resolve some of the risks of developing colon cancer. The USDA recommendation for 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily is due to the antioxidants and fiber, which can help to ward off diseases and also to keep the colon functioning properly. Numerous studies over the years have indicated that diets rich in mammalian muscle meat (cow, pig, goat, etc.), cheese and processed foods increase the odds of getting colon cancer by nearly two times their plant-based peers.

“One such study, in particular, surveyed by the World Cancer Research began a trial between 1995 and 1998 and followed female participants for an average of 17 years. They found that exploratory analysis revealed that women on a red meat free-diet had a lower risk for distal colon cancer vs. patients who ate red meat (HR=0.56; 95% CI, 0.34-0.95).1

“In 2002 through 2007, a study done at Loma Linda University found that vegetarian-style diets such as vegan, Lacto-Ovo vegetarian, pescatarian, or even semi-vegetarian dieters had a decreased risk of developing colon cancer.’ Dr. Dennis Begos continued, “The researchers tracked the participants until 2014 for incidents of colon cancer. Specifically, the study found that vegan dieters (Plant-based only) had a 22% lower risk, and pescatarians dieters (plant-based with seafood) had a 43% lower risk. Many gastroenterologists agree that eating plants, and omega-3 fatty acids (cold-water fish or algae) is essential for colon health and can help to decrease the risk of colorectal cancers.

“Studies also indicate that whole grains are beneficial for colon health. Therefore, a diet like the Mediterranean diet may factor in lowering colorectal cancer risks. The Mediterranean diet focuses on plant-based foods, whole grains, fish with limited amounts of dairy, eggs, sugar, and meat.”

Dr. Dennis Begos

Colorectal surgeons diagnose and treat benign and malignant disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Surgeon, Dr. Dennis Begos has over 20 years of clinical experience in both academic and community hospitals and has held numerous key leadership positions, including Medical Staff President and Chair of Surgery. With his extensive experience in teaching and medical writing, Dr. Begos has been highly esteemed by his peers and patients over the past few decades, as he is recognized for his surgical expertise, innovation, and his significant experience with quality and patient safety analysis and reporting.

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Surgeon, Dr. Dennis Begos Explains How Gastroparesis & Ibs Are Often Interconnected

Dennis BegosWhether you call it heartburn, reflux, GERD or gastroparesis, these different names are all for one condition—burning acid in the throat and mouth and August is National Gastroparesis Awareness Month.

Dr. Dennis Begos explained, “Gastroparesis causes delayed emptying of the stomach acids and food, which creates numerous symptoms including acid reflux. Along with a great deal of discomfort and systemic health-related factors, what many people don’t realize is that acid reflux can adversely affect your lifestyle and coping abilities due to its chronic bodily distress.

“Over 20% of the population has IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), but that’s not accounting for the nearly 45 million Americans that silently suffer from the symptoms of IBS.” Dr. Begos explained, “There are two different types of this syndrome, IBS-D, and IBS-M. IBS-D is recurrent or chronic diarrhea, and IBS-M is a combination of episodic diarrhea or constipation. Both of these types of the disorder are often not diagnosed until 5-10 years after a patient’s initial experience.”

The IBS & Gastroparesis Connection

Many individuals that have gastroparesis also have IBS. These disorders seem to run parallel to each other due to their muscle contraction correlation. Dr. Dennis Begos Continued, “It is thought that the muscles lining of the intestines, esophagus, and stomach contribute to and influence both IBS and gastroparesis symptoms. Stress causes both IBS and gastroparesis to flare. Many of the foods that exacerbate both conditions are the same such as caffeine, fatty foods, spices, chocolate, dairy, and onions.”

Treatment

“Gastroparesis and IBS can be controlled with medication. Antacids work to tamp down both disorders. There are several different classes of drugs that work by helping to move food through the stomach and intestines more quickly and also by controlling the amount of acid in the stomach, which consequently alleviates the acid in the throat and mouth.” Dr. Begos explained further, “Your diet plays a huge role in the control of your gastroparesis and IBS. Lemon water reduces acid by reducing the PH levels in the stomach. The same holds true for apple cider vinegar diluted in water, but you must be certain to dilute the ratio in water to avoid excessive erosion and other acid-related issues.”

Surgeon, Dr. Dennis Begos has over 20 years of clinical experience in both academic and community hospitals and has held numerous key leadership positions, including Medical Staff President and Chair of Surgery. With his extensive experience in teaching and medical writing, Dr. Begos has been highly esteemed by his peers and patients over the past few decades, as he is recognized for his surgical expertise, innovation, and his significant experience with quality and patient safety analysis and reporting.

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Dr. Dennis Begos: Saving Lives with CPR

Dennis BegosWe’ve all heard of the harrowing stories where someone, whether a stranger, family member or friend, collapses. Without CPR, many times, it’s too late once the person receives medical treatment from EMS. One such encounter took place right in front of Dr. Dennis Begos.

Dr. Begos‘s son’s football coach fell to the ground, as he had a heart attack from what’s known as the “Widow Maker.” Dr. Begos was at the right place at the right time and immediately ran to the coaches’ side. He performed CPR until the paramedics arrived. The coach thankfully survived.

“As a doctor, I have to know CPR, I’ve performed it in the hospital setting, but this was the first time I ever used it in this type of situation. I wasn’t the only one to rush to his side, several of us got to him really quickly, and I began CPR. If we had not been there, or if no one knew what to do, this man would not have survived. It’s critical to learn CPR. If you can’t take a suitable course for whatever reason, look it up on YouTube, take a course online, or at least understand the steps necessary to save a life.” Dr. Begos explained.

CPR Steps
CPR stands for chest compressions and rescue breaths. Getting oxygen into the body is crucial. If a person is breathing, do not begin CPR, but if you check their airway and they are not breathing, you must start resuscitating them immediately.

Step #1
Kneel beside them and check their airway. Make sure the person is lying down on a level area. Ask someone to call 911. If you’re alone call 911 first.

Step #2
Position the heel of your hand on their sternum a few inches down from their neck, near their heart.

Step #3
Take your other hand and place it on top of the opposite hand and interlock your fingers, keeping your arms straight. Get on your knees and lean over the person.

Step #4
Begin chest compressions by pressing down about 2 inches into the person’s chest. Do 30 chest compressions (100 per minute). Many people suggest doing the compressions to the beat of the Bee Gees Song, “Staying Alive” for accurate timing and control.

Step #5
Open the airway by tilting the person’s head back and allowing their mouth to fall open.

Step #6
Pinch their nose shut, then blow a breath into their mouth by covering their mouth with yours. Turn and look to see if their chest is rising and falling.

Step #7
Repeat the rescue breaths again and watch the chest rise and fall.

Step #8
Start chest compressions again and keep doing these steps repeatedly until help arrives or someone else takes over CPR for you.

Dennis Begos MD is a highly-regarded surgeon with many years of progressive surgical techniques and performing life-saving surgery. Dr. Begos has been in hospital leadership and mentoring and training roles for his peers for many years. He takes great pride in educating physicians, medical professionals, and patients.

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Dr. Dennis Begos, Leadership Advice for Physicians & Healthcare Practitioners

For over 20 years, Dr. Dennis Begos has had an extensive career in clinical medicine, medical education, published research, administration, and leadership roles. Dr. Begos is a mentor offering leadership advice to all medical professionals, including physicians, medical science liaisons, medical writers, devices, and pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Begos explains, “Doctors sometimes get a reputation for having a “god-complex,” but to be a good leader, one must take part on a ground level and be involved in the minute details. In business, leaders have a responsibility to be precise, detailed, dedicated, and humble. Leadership involves participating in the daily practices an organization and working as a team to reach the goals set in place. As physicians, we have a great deal of head knowledge but acting like a dictator is not the way to get things done; leadership involves being the pillar of the workforce, but also setting an example for others to follow.”

Dr. Begos’ success in the medical and business field is primarily due to his dedication, resourcefulness, communication skills, and the ability to consistently and confidently lead a team. With teaching other surgeons new techniques, lecturing, awards and teaching medical students at Tufts University, he relies heavily on this broad background as a consultant and brings value to his clients and the organizations he works within various stages and projects.
Dr. Begos has held leadership roles in hospital facilities, such as President of the Medical Staff and Chair of the Department of Surgery involves managing hospital departments, physicians, and effecting change across the organization during times of flux and uncertainty.

Dr. Dennis Begos was the first physician in the Boston area (likely all of Massachusetts) to perform laparoscopic colectomy, which is now a standard procedure. Dr. Begos did his general surgery residency at Yale University where he was honorably named Chief Resident in his last year. Dr. Begos then went on to do a one-year fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, where he trained with some of the world’s foremost experts in the field. He also graduated fourth in his medical class. He’s always been ambitious, and now he’s able to share those passions with executives, peers, and others interested in leadership roles and to improve the future of medicine and other specialties

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Dr. Dennis Begos Offers Summer Safety Tips

Dr. Dennis Begos is one of the foremost leading experts in colorectal surgery. He has held numerous hospital training and leadership roles throughout the years.

 

 

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Dennis Begos 

Dr. Dennis Begos was instrumental in bringing the cutting-edge laparoscopic colon cancer procedure into the Boston area. He was the first to perform it in possibly all of Massachusetts, and now it’s the gold standard for minimally invasive colon surgery. Dr. Begos acts as an ambassador and keynote speaker in his specialty and beyond. Here, he sheds light on the importance of summer safety.

 

Excessive Heat

During the summer months, people are looking forward to family getaways, going to the beach, relaxing poolside, BBQs and attending baseball games, but with all of this activity, staying safe is the key to enjoying the entire summer, injury-free.

 

Our bodies self-regulate heat by sweating and also through radiating heat back into the atmosphere. When we sweat, we perspire potassium and sodium. Both of these minerals help to control nerve function, water balance, and heart rhythm. Each year during the summer months, more than 8,000 children and teens and over 10,000 adults are admitted to the emergency room due to dehydration. 

 

BBQ 

Food safety is key. Don’t leave meat or dairy products out in the heat; even onions can cause food poisoning if left out too long. The grill can be dangerous if the propane pressure is touchy, the flames are too high or too hot, and many people are unaware of the hidden dangers of wire grill brushes.

 

When you clean the grill with wire brushes, tiny fragments, and small bristles are left behind and commonly get embedded into the burgers, chicken, corn, potatoes, etc. When these bristles are ingested, people don’t usually even notice until it’s too late because they are difficult to feel in the mouth. The wires can lacerate the esophagus, stomach, intestinal tract, and rectum. It’s a much better choice to clean your grill with a nylon bristle brush. Nylon bristles are much less damaging than wire and are easier for the body to get rid of if they are accidentally eaten. 

 

A few years ago, a patient that Dr. Dennis Begos treated made the news. On the fourth of July, a man accidentally ingested wire bristles from a grill brush. After emergency surgery that removed 6 inches of his intestines, the man survived. However, this unfortunate situation could have led to much more severe circumstances with devastating outcomes, even death. Many people each year unknowingly eat these flexible wire bristles, and in some cases, the punctures can be inoperable. Along with life-threatening circumstances, these wire bristles cause extreme pain.

 

Dr. Dennis Begos says, “The best advice is to enjoy your time with family, relax, but be cautious and proactive about your health during this time of year. The man whose life I saved was very fortunate that his circumstances were not worse. I’ve seen many complications first-hand due to wire grill brushes, and they are perilous to treat surgically.”

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Dr. Dennis Begos’ Advice for Students Interested in Getting into Medical School

Dennis Begos 6Dreaming of becoming a physician or surgeon is usually an early desire for young men and women. Some even know that’s what they want to do as little children, but the prep work and drive are what separates those that do, from those that change their plans. 

 

Colorectal Surgeon, Dr. Dennis Begos was always determined to be a leader in life. From a young boy, he knew that he would make a difference in people’s lives by caring for them as a physician, but his ambition didn’t stop there. Dr. Begos wanted to be a key thought leader and innovator. 

 

Getting into medical school, of course, requires a high GPA and the appropriate test scores, but getting into Yale University is even more of a formidable task.

 

Dr. Begos was born and raised in New York State but spent two years living in Ireland after college. He started medical school in Ireland but transferred back to finish medical school in the US at New York Medical College. Dr. Begos graduated fourth in his medical class.  He subsequently did his surgical training at Yale University Medical School, which accepted him because of his high-ranking, proven leadership skills, and his determination to continue to make a difference in medicine. 

 

During his time at Yale, Dr. Begos began to understand the importance of leadership and commitment to advancing medical concepts and practices. Dr. Begos was named Chief Resident in his last year, which is a distinctive honor. He spent a considerable amount of time doing research and published many papers and book chapters. 

 

After Yale, Dr. Begos went on to do a one-year fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the esteemed Cleveland Clinic, where he trained with some of the world’s foremost experts in the field. 

 

Dr. Begos’ advice for students, “Besides the basics of preparatory classes, grades, and high-level assessment scoring, the most important thing I tell students’ wanting to go to medical school is that their mark on the world is most important. Asking yourself, what have I done for the people, communities, and the world around me is critical.” Dr. Begos continued. “If you have a passion for making a difference in the world, giving back and making significant changes in society as a whole, and within the medical space, then you are on the right track.”

 

With over 20 years of clinical experience, Dr. Dennis Begos has held both local and national administrative positions and has brought innovative surgical techniques to the healthcare system as well as teaching other surgeons these progressive, cutting-edge procedures to improve patient care and outcomes.

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Dennis Begos Details the Importance of Understanding the Complications & Treatment Options for Crohn’s Disease

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It’s not uncommon to experience occasional diarrhea or constipation, but for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, these occur on a regular basis. Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Crohn’s disease frequently affects the top of the colon and the end of the small bowel, although it can also affect any area of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Nearly 3 million Americans that suffer from IBD and Crohn’s disease.

Dr. Dennis Begos explains how surgery can improve Crohn’s disease symptoms significantly
“Medication and diet are not always effective for treating IBD and Crohn’s disease specifically. In certain situations, surgery is vital for proper bowel function and improving one’s overall health systemically.” Said Dr. Begos. “Surgical treatments for Crohn’s disease include small bowel resection, resection or repair of fistula, abscess drainage, strictureplasty, colectomy, and proctocolectomy. Many of these cases can be performed using minimally invasive techniques.”

Fistula & Abscess Removal

If medications do not shrink or control fistulas or abscesses, these must be corrected surgically. Usually, this type of surgery is minimally invasive. Fistulas are very common in patients with Crohn’s disease.

Strictureplasty

A strictureplasty may be necessary if the bowel narrows due to scar tissue build-up. This procedure opens and widens the small bowel without any excisions of the intestines. However, in some cases, removing areas of the intestines and performing resection is essential. The resection rejoins the healthy ends of the intestines and is also a very common procedure.

Colectomy

In some cases, a colectomy may be required, which removes the colon or portions of it with resection. Proctocolectomy removes both the colon and the rectum. This meticulous procedure usually requires an additional step, ileostomy, which relocates the end of the small intestine into the abdominal wall for drainage purposes. An ileostomy bag is necessary after this procedure.

Dr. Dennis Begos

Colorectal surgeons diagnose and treat benign and malignant disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Surgeon, Dr. Dennis Begos has over 20 years of clinical experience in both academic and community hospitals and has held numerous key leadership positions, including Medical Staff President and Chair of Surgery. With his extensive experience in teaching and medical writing, Dr. Begos has been highly esteemed by his peers and patients over the past few decades, as he is recognized for his surgical expertise, innovation, and his significant experience with quality and patient safety analysis and reporting.

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Surgeon, Dennis Begos’ Drive and Determination Lead him to Bring Cutting Edge Surgical Techniques to Massachusetts

Dennis Begos, M.D. has always had a strong drive for success and a passion for helping others. From a young age, he knew that he wanted to be a doctor, and with that determination, Dr. Begos graduated 4th in his medical school class. He then scaled the ladder of success at the prestigious Yale University, where he did his general surgery residency. Continuing to sew the threads of achievement, Dr. Begos was named Chief Resident in his final year at Yale.

After spending much time involved in research, publishing papers and book chapters, Dr. Begos went on to do a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. It was here that Dr. Begos trained with some of the world’s foremost experts in the field.

As he began his career as a surgeon, he was known as the “go to guy” by his peers, held numerous hospital training and leadership roles, and did a little something extra special for the Boston, Massachusetts area. Dr. Dennis Begos was instrumental in bringing the cutting-edge laparoscopic colon cancer procedure into the Boston area. He was the first to perform it in possibly all of Massachusetts, and now it’s the gold standard for minimally invasive colon cancer surgery.

Colorectal surgeons diagnose and treat benign and malignant disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Some of these are polyps, colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), to name a few. Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States. It affects nearly 50,000 Americans each year. If caught early on, it can easily be treated. Polyps can become cancerous fairly quickly, although there is typically little to no signs or symptoms. It’s critical to have colonoscopies on an annual basis after the age of 50. However, younger people are more commonly being diagnosed with colon cancer as it, unfortunately, seems to be on the escalating.

A colonoscopy is a straightforward procedure and one that can save your life. When polyps are discovered, they can be removed surgically during a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. If cancerous, chemotherapy, or radiation is usually unnecessary as a secondary treatment if caught early on. It’s always best to be proactive in your colon health, rather than waiting and finding that the cancerous polyps have grown and spread into other organs. Dr. Begos has seen many cases of colon cancer that could have been prevented if patients had received a screening.

Dennis Begos, M.D. - Surgeon, Leader, Mentor & Trainer

Dennis Begos, M.D. Surgeon, Leader, Mentor & Trainer

Dr. Dennis Begos has an extensive career in clinical medicine, medical education, and administration.  

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Dennis Begos 

At this stage in his medical career, he offers other medical professionals such as physicians, medical science liaisons, medical writers, devices, and pharmaceutical companies his 20 plus years of clinical experience.

Dr. Begos success has been due to his dedication, resourcefulness, communication skills, and the ability to consistently and confidently lead a team. With teaching other surgeons new techniques, lecturing, awards and teaching medical students at Tufts University, he relies heavily on this broad background as a consultant and brings value to his clients and the organizations he works within various stages and projects.  

As a general and colorectal surgeon experience in both private practice and academic hospitals, Dr. Begos has held leadership roles in hospital facilities, such as President of the Medical Staff and Chair of the Department of Surgery involved managing hospital departments, physicians, and effecting change across the organization during times of flux and uncertainty.

Dr. Begos states, “It involves an intimate understanding of coding, quality metrics, reporting requirements, and performance improvement measures. This requires distilling complex medical and clinical topics to a varied audience. I have also written numerous scientific papers and summarized scientific articles for the journal Diseases of the Colon and Rectum and have been a reviewer for medical journals as well. I’m always excited to share my understanding and findings with those I’m working with to impact the medical field in new, innovative ways.”

Dr. Dennis Begos was the first physician in the Boston area (likely all of Massachusetts) to perform laparoscopic colectomy, which is now a standard procedure. Dr. Begos did his general surgery residency at Yale University where he was honorably named Chief Resident in his last year. Dr. Begos then went on to do a one-year fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic where he trained with some of the world’s foremost experts in the field.

Dennis Begos - Surgeon, Leader, Mentor & Trainer

Dennis Begos, M.D. Surgeon, Leader, Mentor & Trainer

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Dennis Begos

Dr. Dennis Begos has an extensive career in clinical medicine, medical education, and administration.  At this stage in his medical career, he offers other medical professionals such as physicians, medical science liaisons, medical writers, devices, and pharmaceutical companies his 20 plus years of clinical experience.

Dr. Begos success has been due to his dedication, resourcefulness, communication skills, and the ability to consistently and confidently lead a team. With teaching other surgeons new techniques, lecturing, awards and teaching medical students at Tufts University, he relies heavily on this broad background as a consultant and brings value to his clients and the organizations he works within various stages and projects.  

As a general and colorectal surgeon experience in both private practice and academic hospitals, Dr. Begos has held leadership roles in hospital facilities, such as President of the Medical Staff and Chair of the Department of Surgery involved managing hospital departments, physicians, and effecting change across the organization during times of flux and uncertainty.

Dr. Begos states, “It involves an intimate understanding of coding, quality metrics, reporting requirements, and performance improvement measures. This requires distilling complex medical and clinical topics to a varied audience. I have also written numerous scientific papers and summarized scientific articles for the journal Diseases of the Colon and Rectum and have been a reviewer for medical journals as well. I’m always excited to share my understanding and findings with those I’m working with to impact the medical field in new, innovative ways.”

Dr. Dennis Begos was the first physician in the Boston area (likely all of Massachusetts) to perform laparoscopic colectomy, which is now a standard procedure. Dr. Begos did his general surgery residency at Yale University where he was honorably named Chief Resident in his last year. Dr. Begos then went on to do a one-year fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic where he trained with some of the world’s foremost experts in the field.