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Addressing Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is one of the most deadly cancers in America, but also the one of the most treatable when detected early. Unfortunately, the number of people in their 20s and 30s diagnosed with colon cancer is increasing. And, each year, 2,000 South Carolinians are diagnosed with colon cancer, and 800 die from the disease.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. In this WLTX interview, Dr. Edward Jakubs of Southern Surgical Group talks about risk factors, prevention and screening.

For more information about Dr. Jakubs and Southern Surgical Group, visit SouthernSurgicalGroup.com.

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Edward J. Jakubs, MD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Edward J. Jakubs, MD, to its network of care. Dr. Jakubs will work at Southern Surgical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Edward J. Jakubs, MD

A graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Dr. Jakubs, earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus. He then completed a general surgery internship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, and a general surgery residency at Indiana University – Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana. After his residency, he completed a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Jakubs is certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He is also a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the South Carolina Medical Association. Dr. Jakubs most recently worked in private practice in Aiken, South Carolina, specializing in the medical and surgical management of conditions affecting the colon, rectum and anus. In addition to caring for patients in private practice, he performed general surgeries for Aiken Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Jakubs joins the highly skilled physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners at Southern Surgical Group. Dedicated to providing comprehensive, continuous care to patients, the practice uses the latest advanced technology to offer a variety of surgical services, including general, vascular, endovascular, colorectal, laparoscopic and thoracic procedures, to help patients achieve the best possible outcomes.

Dr. Jakubs is now accepting new patients.

Southern Surgical Group
146 North Hospital Drive, Suite 310
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936-8901

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Ask the Doctor: Diagnosing and Treating Peripheral Vascular Disease

When people hear “clogged arteries,” they likely think about the arteries of the heart. But plaque can also build up in the arteries of the legs. That can lead to leg pains, infection, wounds on the legs and feet, and even limb loss. It’s called peripheral vascular disease. More than 8 million Americans have it, but some don’t even know. Dr. Samantha Cox of Southern Surgical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, answered questions about peripheral vascular disease in this WLTX interview.


While this disease typically occurs in people who are 65 or older, it can occur at nearly any age. Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, diabetes, kidney failure and obesity increase the risk.

Some patients may experience no symptoms. Others may have fatigue or cramping of the muscles in the calf, thigh or hip. Typically, patients feel the discomfort while walking and it goes away with rest. Patients with pain in the toes or feet while resting may have an advancing case of peripheral vascular disease. Open wounds or ulcers on the toes or feet can signal a serious case requiring immediate medical attention.
 
Treatment includes managing risk factors with lifestyle changes and medication. A vascular surgeon may also perform a surgical bypass to help heal wounds on the legs. Minimally-invasive techniques can also help restore blood flow to the arteries of the legs.

Preventing Peripheral Vascular Disease
~Avoid smoking.
~Exercise regularly.
~Take prescribed medications as directed for high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, diabetes and kidney failure.
~Maintain a healthy weight.
~Eat a balanced, low-sodium low-fat diet.