March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


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 […]

Advice for the Young Colorectal Cancer Patient


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 […]

Trends in Colorectal Cancer


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 […]

Will I Keep My Colon After a Cancer Diagnosis?


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 […]

Screening Options for Colon Cancer


Regular screenings for colon cancer save lives. Of that there is no doubt. Early detection can find polyps before cancer invades them. The doctors at Piedmont Colorectal present the various options patients now have in colon cancer screening.

What to Eat for a Healthy Colon


What you eat has a significant impact on the health of your colon. That fact largely explains why rates of colorectal cancer are so much higher in countries that favor high-fat, low-fiber diets. The doctors of Piedmont Colorectal Associates remind you that even if you live in a place with a high density of golden […]

Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer No One Should Ignore


What do screen legend Audrey Hepburn, comedian Milton Berle and Peanuts creator Charles Schultz have in common? Apart from lives that brought smiles to millions, they all share the sad distinction of having lost a battle with colorectal cancer. At Piedmont Colorectal Associates, we know that this virulent disease strikes rich and poor, the famous […]

Tips for Caregivers Facing a Loved One’s Cancer Diagnosis


Caregiving can be emotionally and physically daunting. You must navigate a busy schedule of doctors’ appointments and medical treatments while worrying about your loved one’s diagnosis and future. It is understandable that you may feel overwhelmed. It may comfort you to know that you are not alone, and there are plenty of resources and support […]

What Happens If a Colon Polyp Is Cancerous?


Colorectal cancer screenings find tissue growths on the inside lining of the colon, called polyps. If a polyp is found, it will be removed and tested to determine whether it is benign, precancerous or cancerous. Most polyps are benign or precancerous. However, if laboratory testing determines that a polyp has cancerous cells, treatment options will […]

What to Know If You Have a Family History of Colorectal Cancer


It is estimated that one in four patients have a family history of colorectal cancer; that is, they have an immediate family member or multiple family members with cancer or polyps. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, it is very important to take precautions. Piedmont Colorectal Associates explains what you need to […]