Is Breast Cancer Genetic Testing Right for You?

From Tennova Healthcare October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Tennova Healthcare is using the occasion to call attention to the role of genetic testing in the fight against the disease. Genetic testing has quickly become a more mainstream practice—both for human interest about one’s ancestry, and for the purpose of understanding how that […]

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Jobs That May Aggravate Hernia

Hernias develop when there is protrusion of an organ through an opening in a tissue or muscle that keep it in place. While weakness in the abdominal wall could be a factor, hernia problems may not appear until later in life. In many cases they can be triggered by other factors such as aging and […]

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Liver Cancer Awareness

The incidence rate for liver cancer has tripled since 1980. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be over 40,000 new cases of liver cancer in 2017 and over 28,000 will die from this type of cancer. In addition to Breast Cancer Awareness month, October is also recognized as Liver Cancer Awareness month. About […]

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Taking Steps to Avoid Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are enlarged, bulging blood vessels in the anus and lower rectal area. Although the exact cause is often unknown, hemorrhoids can develop as a result of several factors. Some of these including obesity, pregnancy, poor diet, and sitting for long periods of time. Hemorrhoids are very common. About three million cases of hemorrhoids are […]

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Premier Surgical: Measuring Quality to Ensure the Best Surgical Care

For several years American hospitals have been required to gather and submit data to the federal government that measures the quality of their patient care and services.  The process of collecting and analyzing patient information is a time-consuming, cumbersome, and expensive undertaking that entails many man hours. That’s why few private physician practices attempt to […]

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Dr. Vinsant Offers a Woman’s Perspective for Breast Cancer Patients

Dr. Jessica Vinsant is a General Surgeon at Premier Surgical in Knoxville, Tennessee. She specializes in the treatment of breast disease and breast cancer surgery. Dr. Vinsant is happy to be a resource for women who are undergoing these treatments, and to offer a woman’s perspective to help her patients make educated decisions about what […]

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Final Fix: Patient Goes the Distance for Hernia Repair

News from Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center A series of choices led Mary Jeffers from Kingsport to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville for hernia surgery. She chose to have a double mastectomy at a Kingsport hospital after testing positive for the RAD50 gene that’s linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, and […]

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Breast cancer survivor grateful for prompt and professional care

News from Parkwest Medical Center Liz Clary can’t help smiling when she talks about the seven alpacas on her farm, or the chickens and sheep she’s raised.“I just love all of my animals, and I love the farm,” Clary says. “It helps you stay grounded, and keeps things in perspective.” Farming is one of many […]

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Breast Cancer Awareness

The American Cancer Society estimated that there will be over 200,000 new cases of breast cancer this year. Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. Learning the basic facts of […]

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