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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States. Approximately 147,950 cases will be diagnosed in 2020, with a rising incidence being found among younger adults. This is one group of cancer that can be prevented with a screening colonoscopy. Early stages are typically cured with surgery. In advanced stages... Read More »

Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2020 are:

  • 104,610 new cases of colon cancer
  • 43,340 new cases of rectal cancer

(1. American Cancer Society)

A colonoscopy is the most effective test used for detecting colon and rectal cancers. Colonoscopies also uncover polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer. (1. American Cancer Society)

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Knee pain can keep you from living your fullest life. But how do you know when it’s time to consider a knee replacement? Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Kevin Fain, MD, gives those suffering from chronic knee pain the need-to-know facts about knee replacement.

What is a knee replacement?

A knee replacement is a surgical procedure used to treat advanced arthritis. In this procedure, the worn surfaces of the knee joint are replaced with artificial surfaces. Some knee... Read More »

Ok ladies— let’s talk breastfeeding. Have you ever thought to yourself, “I hate breastfeeding”? I have.

After giving birth, did you feel unprepared or intimidated by the thought of breastfeeding? I did.

Have you suffered through sore and cracked nipples while feeling the pressure (largely self-imposed) to “produce” while you fight off exhaustion and frustration? I have.

These feelings are universal. Unfortunately, many women don’t feel comfortable discussing their breastfeeding issues. Add the pressures from society . . . that ringing mantra in your ears, “breast is... Read More »

Is a chocolate allergy possible? Is it certainly possible, but it is very rare, according to Dr. Jonathan Buttram, board-certified allergist and immunologist with UT Health East Texas. It is more common to have an allergy to one of the ingredients. Chocolate preparations usually contain milk, soy, peanuts or tree nuts, all of which are far more frequently recognized as food allergens, Buttram says.

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I am frequently asked whether nasal symptoms are consistent with an infection or allergies. Frequently, patients with colds or ongoing sinus infections are referred to my office for “allergies.” Both often result in stuffy and runny noses, as well as sneezing and coughing. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference, especially if symptoms are mild. Here are a few rules of thumb that help point to one or the other.

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January has been designated at Cervical Cancer Awareness Month by the United States Congress. According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, more than 11,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, but the disease is totally preventable with appropriate screening tests (Pap and HPV tests) and vaccinations.

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and as an internist and a wound care specialist, much of my day-to-day routine is treating people with diabetes. Many people are aware of what diabetes is and are affected by it, but most do not know about the major complications associated with it or what to do about them.

In this blog, I’ll address one of those major complications: diabetic foot ulcers (DFU). Most people are unaware of how dangerous a DFU can be and what other complications it can lead to. I am hoping to bring awareness to this issue.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, commonly referred to as COPD, is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructive airflow. COPD is a disease that involves constriction of the airways and difficulty or discomfort in breathing that affect the lung functionality of over 16 million people in the USA. Even more suffer from COPD without being diagnosed.

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Birth control pills (oral contraceptives) are medications you take by mouth to prevent pregnancy. Most birth control pills today are fairly low dose, compared to the original pills studied in the 1960s, which were 10,000 times stronger with lots of side effects (where many popular myths about the pill began). Fortunately, birth control pills available now are easy to take with minimal side effects.... Read More »