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I see so many patients in the office who think they have hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are one of the most common problems that I, as a colon and rectal surgeon, see. However, many of the patients whom I see who think they have hemorrhoids actually have other problems, such as an anal fissure or anal fistula. So the question you are probably wondering is, “Do I have hemorrhoids?” Hemorrhoids can be divided into two main categories: Internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids cause bleeding (one of the more common causes of bright red...

Last time, I talked about hemorrhoids and how many patients who think they have hemorrhoids actually have another problem. Today, I’ll talk about what those other problems might be. Probably the most common thing that is confused with hemorrhoids is an anal fissure. The main way that I, as a colon and rectal surgeon, am able to determine that the problem is an anal fissure and not something else is by listening to my patients! I know you may not believe that. I don’t need a fancy X-ray or CT scan...

by Dr. William J. Harb, M.D. published in the Tennessean, July, 2008   The death of another well-known person from colon cancer, former White House Press Secretary and Fox News correspondent Tony Snow, should once again bring colon cancer to the forefront.  He joins the unfortunate ranks of well-known people who have had colorectal cancer (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and actor John Forsythe) or who have died from colorectal cancer (actors Walter Matthau and Jackie Gleason, football coach Vince Lombardi, artist and creator of...

Published in the Tennessean, March, 2008 by Dr. William J. Harb, M.D. If you want to know how to prevent cancer, keep reading. It may seem surprising, but a simple test can save your life.  I only wish it had been utilized before like it is now.  If it had, maybe colon cancer wouldn’t have affected my family like it has. And maybe if you read this, it won’t have to affect you. My grandfather was diagnosed with colon cancer when I was 12.  I remember going over to my grandparents’ house daily...