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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, but our colon health is something we should focus on year-round.

There are several factors that impact your colon health, but only 5-10% of colon cancers care caused by a heritable mutation.  Unfortunately, you can’t control your genetic make-up, or these other risk factors:

  • Age
  • History of poor colon health
  • Inflammatory bowel disorders
  • Family history of colon health problems.

The two risk factors you can control – lifestyle and diet – will have the biggest impact on your colon health. Inactivity, obesity, smoking, and heavy alcohol use are all linked to a higher incidence of colon cancer, as is a diet high in red meat, processed meat, and fat.

When it comes to the good and the bad in foods, it seems like the media is always changing its mind. Is milk good or bad for adults? What about chocolate, or coffee? Get the facts behind the myths, and enjoy the benefits of better skin!

  1. Hearing loss is extremely common. One in five people age 12 and over have hearing loss. It is the third most common chronic health condition in older Americans behind arthritis and heart disease.
  2. Social events can be challenging, even stressful if you have untreated hearing loss. Musical performances can be distorted; lectures and worship services can be less fulfilling.
  3. There is a well-documented link between untreated hearing loss and dementia. Dr. Lin of Johns Hopkins University published a large study in 2011 showing the worse the untreated hearing loss, the more likely the person was to develop dementia. Similar results were recently published from a 2013 study.
  4. It’s easy! Most anyone can be successfully tested for hearing loss, from newborns to people over 100. And, most insurance companies cover the test.

If those reasons sound convincing enough, make an appointment with the Jefferson Surgical hearing specialists in Roanoke, Virginia. We're here to help.

Most of us remember what it was like to be sick as a kid. The popsicles, cartoons, and ability to stay home from school can make it seem like a fond memory.

But the truth is, ear and upper respiratory infections make children miserable, and can lead to more severe issues, if not treated properly.

Has anyone ever said to you, “I can’t wait for it to frost over so my allergies go away”? Well, it turns out that their troubles may not end with the arrival of cold weather. For some people, dropping temperatures actually signal a rise in allergies.

When temperatures cool, more time is spent indoors. Inside, we experience an increased exposure to indoor allergens like mold, dust mites, pets, and household cleaning products and perfumes. This is why there are more prevalent incidents of runny noses and coughing during the winter. Sometimes we even mistake these allergy symptoms for a cold or flu. If you have prolonged sneezing, congestion, and other uncomfortable symptoms that just won’t quit, consider talking to the allergy specialists at JSC in Roanoke about winter allergies.

This month, we honor the veterans who have risked their lives to serve our country. The most prevalent health-related problem reported by returning veterans is hearing loss. According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Veterans, an estimate of more than 78,000 veterans will return home from Iraq and Afghanistan with some degree of hearing loss. It is the most common condition found in soldiers post-conflict, along with traumatic brain injury.

This month, encourage the important men in your life to get screened for prostate cancer. All through September, healthcare clinics, doctors and communities, like Roanoke, Virginia, work to educate people about this common form of cancer in men. Here is some important information to know about prostate cancer, research, screening, and prevention.

The Jefferson Surgical Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia is pleased to announce a new addition to our vascular surgery staff – Dr. Thomas Conlee, M.D.

A 2006 graduate of Saint George’s University, Dr. Conlee completed his internship, residency, and chief residency at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York in 2011.

Your body's vascular system includes arteries, veins and capillaries that carry blood to and away from your heart. Unfortunately, problems with this network of blood vessels are common and can be very serious.

In some cases, arteries may become hardened, thick and built up with deposits of fat and plaque (a condition called atherosclerosis). Some vascular diseases lead to blood clots, which prevent blood flow to the brain or heart. Another vascular issue is caused when blood vessels burst, causing bleeding inside the body.

Any vein has the potential to transform into a varicose vein. Varicose veins are enlarged and knotted and most commonly occur in your legs and feet. Standing and walking upright puts pressure on the veins in your lower body.

Some people develop spider veins, which is a common and mild form of varicose veins. These are not painful or harmful to your overall health.

Several members of the Jefferson Surgical Clinic staff plan to participate as a team in the upcoming Roanoke Color Run. The untimed 5k race celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality and giving back to the community.

Participants are asked to wear white clothing, as they will be drenched in colorful paint at each kilometer.

It's Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Like many cancers, early detection is instrumental in positive outcomes. More than 90% of colon cancer cases can be prevented with the recommended screens, which usually begin around age 50. It's one of the most treatable cancers if caught early, and it's one of the most easily detected.

Spring is officially here!

If you're gearing up for a session of spring cleaning but are concerned about causing your allergies to flare up, try these tips to cut down on discomfort.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic is aware of the recent CDC and VDH reports of Aspergillus Meningitis cases associated with epidural spinal injections using Methylprednisolone acetate. JSC's Interventional Center does not use this drug in the administration of spine injections.

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