colorectal cancer blog

6 important things to know about colorectal cancer

Posted on March 18, 2017

This year, more than 3,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in the state of Tennessee, according to the American Cancer Society. Are you in the know about the disease? While colorectal cancer is among the most common types of cancer, it is also among the most preventable. Here are six other things … »

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Is it a mole or skin cancer?

Posted on October 12, 2016

As we age, our skin continually reminds us of how much time we spend in the sun. Laugh lines deepen and mysterious spots begin to appear from nowhere. How do you know if a spot is safe or a possible sign of skin cancer?      Even though skin cancer is the most common type of … »

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Exercise & cancer: What’s the impact

Posted on August 25, 2016

The state of Tennessee has the 14th highest obesity rate in the nation. Up to a third of cancer-related deaths are due to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Add those two facts up, and you have a lethal combination. Fortunately, you can take positive steps to reduce your risk of cancer. In fact, you can … »

What men should know about cancer

Posted on June 17, 2016

Cancer may seem like an imposing word, but knowing about the common types of cancer and how to prevent them may help save your life. While heart disease is the leading cause of death among American men, cancer isn’t far behind. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23.5 percent of all deaths … »


Revolutionizing kidney cancer surgery

Posted on April 14, 2016

Imagine a kidney cancer procedure that removes cancerous tissue while leaving the rest of the kidney intact. At Erlanger Health System, that procedure is a reality. In the past, if a cancerous spot were found on a kidney, the entire kidney was removed. In the last few decades, however, researchers have found that organ-sparing surgeries … »

Colorectal cancer: the best treatment = prevention

Posted on March 28, 2016

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women in the United States. The good news, though, is that the cancer is also one of the most preventable. This type of cancer is largely preventable because it is slow developing. It can take as many as 10 to 15 years for a … »

A creative collaboration to fight cancer

Posted on December 17, 2015

Oncologists at Erlanger Health System are working to solve a riddle, and the answer is a matter of life and death. It’s estimated that only 5% of cancer cases in the U.S. are diagnosed in people between the ages of 15–39. So why does cancer remain the number one cause of death in adolescents and … »

Surviving Pancreatic Cancer

Posted on November 17, 2015

Though it may not be as common as other forms of cancer, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. But at Erlanger, it is no longer thought of as the “death sentence” it used to be. Your pancreas is a small but complex gland that resembles the shape … »

Prostate cancer awareness: is radiation right for you?

Posted on September 30, 2015

When it comes to prostate cancer, there are a lot of choices to make. Is close observation right for you? Or do you need treatment with surgery or radiation? It all comes down to your lifestyle, health care goals, and the side effects you’re prepared to live with. So how do you decide? First, is … »

Prostate cancer detection: sooner and more accurate!

Posted on September 15, 2015

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the U.S. with approximately one in every six men developing it in his lifetime. But with early detection and treatment, the survival rate is almost 100%. So, how can we detect prostate cancer earlier and with a higher level of certainty? Men who exhibit symptoms … »

Screening tests for men: what you need and when

Posted on September 1, 2015

Screening tests can find diseases earlier — when they are easier to treat. It’s well known that doctors recommend that men be aware of any changes on or to their bodies from moles to lumps to dry skin. Changes in appearance or texture can often be a symptom of an underlying condition. It is also … »

Get screened for colon cancer

Posted on August 28, 2015

Colon cancer results in over 55,000 deaths each year and is the second leading source of cancer deaths in the United States. In the early stages of the disease, a large number of people don’t show any signs or symptoms, so physicians are convinced that screening is vital for the early detection and treatment of … »

A decade of survival: a father’s story of battling cancer and winning

Posted on June 21, 2015

50-year-old father Dewayne was of average health, working through the daily stresses of life, and not considering that anything may be wrong with him. Which is why when he started to experience some of the classic colon cancer symptoms — narrowing stool, changes in bowel habits — he didn’t think that much of it. “Had … »

4 Erlanger patients share their stories of cancer survival

Posted on June 7, 2015

Cancer treatments and technology have come a long way in recent years. Today, millions of people — more than 14 million in the U.S. alone — are surviving this once shattering diagnosis. That’s something to celebrate! Since 1987, the first Sunday of June has been celebrated as National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD). It’s a time … »

Erlanger launches mobile heart screening center

Posted on August 20, 2014

Erlanger Health System announced today a partnership with HealthFair — a national testing provider that brings convenient and affordable health testing to community neighborhoods via its mobile health centers. Screenings will be offered throughout the region including areas north of Hamilton County and south into northern Georgia.

Media tour of Erlanger’s CyberKnife robot

Posted on August 13, 2011

You’ve seen the bobbing CyberKnife in Erlanger’s marketing campaign, and you’ve read that “Cancer Can’t Hide” from this robotic technology. Now see the remarkable CyberKnife in action from Erlanger’s “up close and personal” media tour.