Health Tip: Get checked for Colon Cancer!

By Sanjiv Chopra, M.D., MACP, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Frank J. Domino, M.D., Professor of Family Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School


Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in men and women in the US, and the 3rd in causing cancer death.  This last statistic is sad, as colon cancer screening works; it prevents death from cancer, and is the most effective of all screening tests.  Colon cancer screening should be initiated at age 50 years in both men and women.

Colonoscopy is the most effective method to address colon cancer. The bowel is prepared by taking some liquid and laxative to cleanse the colon.  The patient is given gentle sedation administered intravenously, a fiber optic scope is inserted and the entire colon (large intestine) is examined thoroughly.    It is usually performed by an experienced gastroenterologist.  Another form of screening, called the “FIT” test, has the patient collect a small amount of stool.  If positive, it could signal bleeding from a polyp or a cancer, and leads to a colonoscopy.


“Immigration Is Us,” an American Story

By Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra

When you hear the word immigrant, what conjures up in your mind?  Is it illegal vs. legal immigrants, contentious debates over immigration reform or the Arizona lawman, Joe Arpaio, who styles himself as “America’s toughest Sheriff?”  Chances are that most people are not aware of the fact that nearly one of every four Americans – 70 million – is an immigrant or the child of parents who came from abroad.




Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny and the American Dream



In “Brotherhood,” a new memoir by brothers Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra, the brothers reveal the story of their personal struggles and triumphs as doctors, immigrants, and brothers.


Brotherhood available now

Immigration and the Slippery Ladder

When we came to U.S., we were able to grab onto a high rung. Not so for today’s newcomers. Deepak and Sanjiv - Harvard Update in Internal Medicine  To continue reading this article co written by Deepak and his brother Sanjiv  Chopra, please click: USA Today, Immigration and the Slippery Ladder.  


Sanjiv Chopra will be speaking on the top medical discoveries of the century at 2013 Sages and Scientists Symposium hosted by The Chopra Foundation from August 16-18, 2013.  Come and join us!




The Chopra Brothers

Six year old Deepak and his brother Sanjiv (3 years old) outside their home in Pune, India in 1952

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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(CNN) – Once upon a time (and this is a true story even though it begins “once upon a time”) there was a physician in India who had amazing ears.

His name was Krishan Chopra. He was a cardiologist with the Indian Army.

His ears were so sensitive that, through his stethoscope, he could hear and time the milliseconds between parts of a heartbeat that, today, doctors must use an EKG to measure.