Patient-Focused Philosophy

The strength and history of innovation at Epoch Health stems from a patient-focused philosophy and a dedication to the most advanced technology.

Cancer Detection and Prevention

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 2016 are:

  • 95,270 new cases of colon cancer
  • 39,220 new cases of rectal cancer

The most common warning sign of a colon or rectal cancer is blood in the stool; however, often times the blood is microscopic and unable to be seen with the naked eye. This is most common in pre-malignant polyps. Another symptom can include a change in the stool caliber. At Epoch Health we utilize a completely non-invasive, take-home test that is fully endorsed by the American Board of Gastroenterology that will identify those microscopic amounts of blood. If identified, and there is no obvious cause, then we will work with our community gastroenterologist to get you seen as fast as possible. If identified early, as a non-invasive, premalignant polyp, almost everyone will survive.

Prostate Cancer

Did you know that Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States and is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in men in the United States? When detected in its early stages, prostate cancer can be effectively treated and cured. The primary goal of the Prostate cancer screening is to reduce deaths due to prostate cancer and, thus, increase length of life.

Age, family history and a diet high in fat are factors that may increase the risk for developing prostate cancer. It is more common in men over age 50 and African-American men and there are usually no symptoms in the early stages. When symptoms do appear, they may include:

  • Difficulty or inability to urinate
  • Decreased strength of urine stream
  • Waking at night to urinate
  • Frequent urination
  • Painful urination
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Deep pain in the lower back, abdomen, hip or pelvis
  • Loss of appetite and/or weight
  • Persistent bone pain



    Colon Cancer

    Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or rectum and can also be named colon cancer or rectal cancer depending on where they start. They’re often grouped together because they have many features in common. Most colorectal cancers begin as a growth, referred to as a polyp, which begins as a growth on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. Some, but not all polyps, can change into cancer over the course of several years. The chance of these changing into cancer depends on the type of polyp.

    At Epoch Health we work with you to help you live a healthy lifestyle that can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer. Regular screenings are extremely important in maintaining and living a healthy lifestyle and with proper testing we can often find colon cancer early, when it’s most treatable, or sometimes even prevent it altogether.



    Tobacco-Derived Cancers

    Did you know tobacco-derived cancers come in many forms such as lung cancer, cancers of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, stomach, bladder, kidney, colon and rectum?

    Did you know that the majority of early bladder cancers are completely asymptomatic and are frequently diagnosed with microscopic amounts of blood in the urine? At Epoch Health we utilize the urinalysis to evaluate multiple factors including microscopic amounts of blood. Blood in the urine, with no known cause, (kidney stones, bladder stones, trauma, etc.) would be further evaluated. If identified we will repeat the urinalysis and if still present we will send the specimen to a pathologist who is specially trained to look for individual cells that would suggest an underlying malignancy. Colon and rectal cancer is discussed in greater detail above.

    At Epoch Health we work with local organizations to provide tobacco cessation opportunities to our patients. If you’re ready to quit smoking today and would like more information please contact your local location.




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