Local doctor speaks to the importance of colon, rectal screenings

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States is colorectal cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It says it’s also the third most common cancer for men and women.

Steven Tsoraides, MD, FACS, FASCRS, performs colon and rectal surgeries at the following locations:

  • OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL
  • UnityPoint Health – Methodist, Peoria, IL
  • OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac, IL
  • Center for Health Ambulatory Surgery Center, Peoria, IL
  • OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, Kewanee, IL

Springfield Clinic said there are six life-ling habits to prevent colon cancer:

  • Maintain a healthy weight and participate in regular physical activity.
  • Limit your intake of red meat and animal fats.
  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. 
  • Curb your alcohol consumption.
  • Quit (or never start) smoking cigarettes.
  • Take calcium supplements.

It also said symptoms may present in the following:

  • Blood in the stool
  • Recurrent stomach pain or cramping
  • Stools narrower than usual
  • Unexplained weight loss

Dr. Tsoraides attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. His residency program was through University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. His fellowship took place at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

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