Stomach pain, bloating, and other gastrointestinal issues can indicate that something is wrong, but since both colorectal cancer and irritable bowel syndrome can contribute to these symptoms, it may be difficult to pinpoint the culprit. April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month and a great time to get screened for the condition. Early screening can […]
The most common treatment for colorectal cancer is surgery to remove the affected part(s) of the colon and/or rectum. Today’s technology makes colorectal cancer surgery more predictable and less invasive than it used to be. Still, be aware that the surgery does require some downtime and rest before going back to normal everyday life. If […]
Chatting about medical records doesn’t exactly make for pleasant conversation at the annual family reunion or Thanksgiving dinner. But sharing personal health history with family members is important not only for you, but also for future generations. Certain diseases — including diseases that affect your colorectal health — tend to run in families. Although you […]
Overcoming a colorectal cancer diagnosis is challenging for everyone: not only the person diagnosed with the disease, but also their loved ones. If one of your family members or close friends has recently been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, you may not know exactly how to best support them during these uncertain times. The Piedmont Colorectal […]
Although there is no way to completely avoid getting colorectal cancer, you can increase the chances of early detection and intervention by knowing your personal risk factors. Read on as the team at Piedmont Colorectal Associates explains how to know if you are at an increased risk of colorectal cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with a colorectal issue, one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your health involves your choice of surgeon. Piedmont Colorectal Associates explains what to look for when searching for a colorectal surgeon and the questions to ask to help determine your decision.
President Clinton officially declared March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in 2000, bringing much-needed attention to the prevalence and gravity of the disease. At Piedmont Colorectal Associates, we hope to help spread awareness about colorectal cancer throughout the month of March and share actionable steps to help prevent it from affecting the lives of […]
Though colorectal cancer was once regarded as a disease affecting mostly older adults, or adults over the age of 50, data shows a sharp increase in the rate of cases in younger age groups. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that colorectal cancer cases are rising in adults between the ages […]
Colorectal cancer is an incredibly serious public health issue, as it is the third most common cancer diagnosed among Americans and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women combined. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 104,000 new cases of colon cancer and 43,000 new cases of rectal cancer will […]
One of the most common questions that the doctors at Piedmont Colorectal Associates receive from patients facing colorectal cancer is whether they will lose their colon due to treatment. The answer varies from patient to patient, depending on the severity and location of the cancer. In general, if cancer is found at a very early […]