The survival rate of cancer varies depending on the type of cancer. For example, from the years 2011-2017, the survival rate of breast cancer was 90 percent and pancreatic cancer was 10 percent. When it comes to all cancers, one key similarity among them is the result of a better outcome from early detection.

How can early diagnosis improve survival from cancer?
Detecting cancer in its early stages allows the treatment to fight off the cancer while it is still in its original location. When cancer spreads, it becomes more difficult to treat. That is why early detection is key!

If you notice any new, unusual changes to your body, it is important to discuss them with your doctor.

What are the common signs and symptoms of cancer?
There are over 200 types of cancer that can cause different symptoms. However, there are symptoms that are shared by many cancers. These include:

• Unexplained recurring pain
• Unexplained weight loss
• Unusual lumps or swelling
• Increased fatigue

Symptoms affecting the skin
• Sores that don’t heal
• New moles or changes/growth of an existing mole
• Appearance of new lumps or bumps

Symptoms affecting the throat
• Difficulty swallowing
• Voice changes
• Loss of appetite

Symptoms affecting the colon and rectal
• Ongoing constipation or diarrhea
• Rectal bleeding
• Blood in your stool

Not all cancer symptoms are listed here. Again, if you notice anything unusual, please schedule an appointment with your doctor.

What are some of the types of cancer the board-certified surgeons at Premier Surgical treat?

• Gastrointestinal
• Pancreas
• Liver
• Skin
• Breast
• Colon and rectal

Treat Your Cancer at Premier Surgical Associates
Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville and Cleveland, TN has a team specialists who have years of experience in diagnosing and surgically treating different cancers. Our surgeons are certified by the American Board of Surgery Surgical Oncology and have extensive knowledge and skill relating to the diagnosis, pre-operative, operative, and post-operative management of surgical oncology issues. To learn more about cancer surgery at Premier Surgical, please visit this page.

Request an appointment with one of our surgical oncologists by visiting this link.