In a population-based study, 9 percent of adults older than 65 years with iron deficiency anemia had gastrointestinal cancer. Yikes! I know, nine percent doesn't sound like a lot. But think about how many geriatric patients we see each year with anemia! In fact, older adults with anemia had gastrointestinal cancer 31 times as often as adults without anemia. (REFERENCE: Ioannou GN. Am J Med 2002;113:276-80).
Dr. Koo is currently a Hospitalist in sunny Florida. His previous gig was Assistant Director at the Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency in Orlando. That was a fun job! And before that, he was a busy family doctor in rural Ohio for almost 11 years. This blog is his attempt at writing down some of the medical stuff that has accumulated—often against his will—inside his head over the last 18 years. Enjoy!
Although Dr. Koo often picks up amazing tips from other doctors at Florida Hospital, this blog does not represent the views of his employer or the hospital that he works at. And, depending on his mood (and the phase of the moon), it may not represent his views either (it's a doctor's prerogative to change his/her mind). Therefore, anything that you read here should be considered as egregiously wrong until verified and reverified by thirty (or more) double-blinded, placebo-controlled studies performed, shockingly, on Puffins. Use this information at your own risk!
Finally, feel free to leave a comment on a post if you feel that some clarification is needed. Medicine is definitely a colaborative effort. Which means—sometimes I screw things up pretty bad!