Colon Cancer Survivor Admits: I Dodged a Bullet

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles Fort Sanders Regional Patient Promotes Early Detection When it came to health screenings, one word described Karen Russell: vigilant. A stroke survivor who worked at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center for years, she was always faithful about scheduling check-ups at her doctor’s office. Except for one. Every year, […]

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No walk in the woods: Retired principal gives lessons for life after colon cancer surgery

News from Parkwest Hiking the Appalachian Trail has been on his “bucket list” for years, but it’s taken on a whole new meaning since Steve Millsaps was diagnosed with colon cancer last July. Now, he wants to walk the 2,190-mile trek from Maine to Georgia to raise awareness of the disease and the importance of […]

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3 Things You Need to Know About Colon Polyps

At Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville, we know that finding polyps in the colon or rectum often raises alarms for our patients. They want to know what caused it, how we can remove it, and if it’s cancerous. To understand colon polyps a bit better, consider the following points. Colon Polyps are common According to […]

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5 Essential Tips For Colon Cancer Treatment

According to the National Cancer Institute, colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in men and women in the United States. Deaths from colorectal cancer have decreased with the use of colonoscopies and fecal occult blood tests, which check for blood in the stool. If you’ve been diagnosed with colon cancer, the […]

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What You Need To Know About Colorectal Cancer Screening

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US, affecting both men and women. However, screening tests can help prevent colorectal cancer by finding and removing any precancerous abnormal growths called polyps early, when treatment is the most effective. Screening can also […]

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4 Things You Need To Know Before Colon Surgery

At Premier Surgical Associates, we perform a number of surgical procedures to treat colorectal disorders. Our surgeons are certified by the American Board of Surgery and have specialized knowledge and skills relating to the diagnosis, pre-operative, operative, and post-operative management of surgical problems related to colorectal disease. Here are four common questions our patients ask: […]

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What You Should Know About Colorectal Diseases

There are a number of colorectal diseases and disorders and to understand those more fully perhaps a quick anatomy of the area will help. The large bowel consists of the colon and the rectum. The anus is located at the end of the rectum and is where stool emerges. Just up from the large bowel […]

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Tips for good colon health

Beginning at the age of 50, men and women should begin regular screenings to detect any health concerns in the colon such as polyps or cancer. If symptoms are present at an earlier age or there is a specific concern related to personal or family history, your physician may recommend screening before you reach the […]

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Catch It EARLY: The Best Cure for Colon/Colorectal Cancer

By Gregory P. Midis, MD, FACS, Surgical Oncologist You may not realize that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. It doesn’t usually garner a lot of news coverage and attention like Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. But, because colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the United States, it deserves attention, and […]

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