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 […]

Blood After Wiping: When It’s a Cause for Concern

Seeing blood on toilet paper or in stool can be alarming, but common. In many cases, the causes of rectal bleeding are not life-threatening and can be easily treated. In other cases, however, rectal bleeding can be a sign of a serious problem. Rectal bleeding or blood in stool is a common reason patients visit […]

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 […]

Study: Increase in Colorectal Cancer Rates Among Young Adults

Rates of both colon cancer and rectal cancer are increasing among adults under age 55, according to a study by the American Cancer Society (ACS). As a result, the ACS has lowered the recommended starting age for colorectal cancer screening to 45 years old. In this post, the team of colorectal surgeons at Piedmont Colorectal […]

Can Hemorrhoids Grow Back?

It is possible to have recurring hemorrhoids? A patient’s diet and lifestyle can affect the recurrence of hemorrhoids, and so can the type of treatment that was performed. In this post, the team of colorectal surgeons at Piedmont Colorectal Associates discusses what you should do if your hemorrhoids continue to grow back.

Colonoscopy Prep Guide

Preparation is a critical part of a colonoscopy. Patients that fail to follow their doctors’ instructions closely risk compromising the effectiveness of the procedure, or having to repeat it altogether. In this post, the team of colorectal surgeons at Piedmont Colorectal Associates provides you with a brief colonoscopy prep guide. Read Your Doctor’s Instructions You […]

How Often Should I Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer?

March is National Colorectal Awareness Month, a campaign designed to spread awareness on colorectal health, colon cancer, rectal cancer and the importance of routine screenings. Screenings tests, including stool testing, colonoscopy and CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy), are essential in detecting early signs of cancer, when it is easier to treat and cure. Screenings can also […]