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Prostate cancer...silent, but treatable
eople can rely too heavily on symptoms to tell spread. This reinforces the need for men to get annual
P them they have a medical problem. When it prostate cancer screenings, said Dr. Lawrence. A basic
comes to diseases like prostate cancer, where 90 screening includes a blood test to check for prostate-
percent of patients do not specific antigen (PSA) values and a digital rectal exam.
show any symptoms, wait- When to start screening is a matter of debate, said
ing for signs of trouble can Dr. Lawrence, who recommends most patients have
lead to a late diagnosis their first screening around age 45. For African Ameri-
that could cost you your can males or patients who have a family history of the
life. disease, Dr. Lawrence starts screening at age 40.
Prostate cancer is one of Even though prostate cancer is one of the leading
the top three causes of can- causes of cancer deaths, it is very treatable in most peo-
cer death in men. “This ple, said Dr. Lawrence. In fact, he added, the overall
year, some 200,000 new five-year survival rate for prostate cancer patients in this
cases will be diagnosed and country approaches 100 percent.
more than 30,000 men Prostate cancer usually is diagnosed as either a slow-
will die from it,” said Dr. acting form of the cancer or an aggressive form of the
Peter Lawrence, a board- cancer, he explained. Two thirds of the men diagnosed
certified urologist at Jack- with prostate cancer will have the slow-growing form.
son Urological Associates. “Depending on their age, these patients are more likely
Dr. Peter Lawrence uses “Hardly a day goes by that to die with prostate cancer rather than from prostate
robotic equipment at I don’t see at least one pa- cancer,” said Dr. Lawrence.
In this issue … Jackson-Madison County tient who is living with The other third will have an aggressive form of the
General Hospital to per- prostate cancer.” disease. Without treatment, these patients are much
Pain, numbness, form a minimally inva- The prostate, part of the more likely to die from their cancer.
tingling, could be sive, robotic prostatectomy. male reproductive system, Your age, health and the aggressiveness of the
nerve problem: Pg 2 supplies nourishment to prostate cancer contribute to the decision of what kind,
sperm cells. As men get older, their chances of develop- if any, treatment is warranted, Dr. Lawrence said.
Gout: New ing prostate cancer increase. Family history, ethnicity “With some patients, who have the slow-acting
treatments for and where you live also can affect form of the cancer, we recommend
your risk of getting prostate cancer. Prostate cancer symptoms no treatment, but keep an eye on
age-old disease: Pg 3 “African American males are 60 the cancer by watching their PSA
alk to your doctor if you experi-
percent more likely to develop
prostate cancer. Having a family
T ence any of the following symp-
toms, which could indicate the
levels and giving them a rectal
exam every six months. However, a
surgery gets better member who has prostate cancer low-risk tumor in a 50 year old is
results: Pg 5 doubles your chances of develop- presence of prostate cancer or sev- much different than a low-risk
ing the disease,” said Dr. Lawrence. eral other diseases … tumor in a 75 year old.”
Cardiovascular “If you live in the United States Difficulty starting urination or The most common treatments
Clinic opens in you have a 17 percent lifetime risk. holding back urine for prostate cancer are surgery and
new building: Pg 5 On the other hand, if you live in Weak or interrupted urine flow radiation, but both have risks that
rural China, you have a two per- Painful or burning urination include urinary incontinence, erec-
cent chance. This is one reason Difficulty having an erection tile dysfunction and the develop-
why some feel that diet and Painful ejaculation ment of recurrent disease, he said.
members: Pg 6 lifestyle, along with genetics, play a “The challenge is determining the
Blood in urine or semen
role in developing the disease.” balance between a patient’s benefit
Skin cancer on Since prostate cancer is typi- Frequent pain or stiffness in the from treatment and the effects on a
rise; Dermatology cally a silent disease, most men lower back, hips or upper thighs patient’s quality of life.”
Clinic opens: Pg 7-8 show no symptoms until the dis- (Source: Prostate Cancer Foundation,
ease has advanced and possibly www.pcf.org) Continued on Page 4…
Pain, numbness, tingling could be nerve problem
Nerves use electric signals to send instructions throughout body
hat weakness in your wrist, that pain in your EMGs and nerve conduction tests are used to
T shoulder or the numbness and tingling you are
feeling in your toes could be a nerve problem.
“Your body’s nerves are like cables that
evaluate a variety of conditions, including carpal tun-
nel syndrome in the wrist, ulnar nerve (funny bone
nerve) impingement, pinched nerve in the neck
pass electric current as they send electric (radiculopathy), tendinitis, neuropathy and nerve dis-
signals from one part of your body to ease injuries.
another,” said Ron Bingham, M.D., After Dr. Bingham conducts and interprets the
founder of EMG Clinics of Ten- test, he sends the results back to your referring
nessee. A board-certified provider, who then discusses with you the proper way
physiatrist, he special- to treat the problem.
izes in physical medi- Dr. Bingham and his staff specialize in EMGs and
cine and nerve conduction studies. He has seen the importance
rehabilitation. of having your EMG performed and interpreted by a
“Unex- qualified specialist, such as a physiatrist or neurolo-
Dr. Ron Bingham plained pain, gist.
specializes in weakness, or “EMGs and nerve conduction studies are excellent
EMG studies. numbness diagnostic tools when performed correctly by skilled
could be a physicians and technicians who devote much of their
nerve or muscle practice to this specialty,” he said. “A test done poorly
problem,” said can lead to unnecessary surgery or delay important
Dr. Bingham. “If treatment.”
your provider sus- He added that for excellent and reliable results, it
pects that you may is essential that physicians and patients insist that…
have a nerve or mus- The provider physician has specialized EMG
cle condition, he or training and is on the premises. The physician should
she could likely be either a physiatrist or a neurologist.
order an EMG The technicians are appropriately trained.
(electromyography) Hand-held units are not used.
and a nerve conduc- “Diagnostic testing is like all other areas of medi-
tion study.” cine,” Dr. Bingham said. “It is growing, and the tech-
When a doctor orders an EMG from another spe- nology is advancing quickly. Finding someone who
“EMGs and cialist, he or she is ordering a complete nerve and stays up with these changes is important.”
nerve conduction muscle test, which includes the nerve conduction
study. A physician should perform the EMG, said Dr. (Visit AANEM.net for the policy statement from
studies are excel- Bingham. The nerve conduction study can be per- the American Association of Neuromuscular
lent diagnostic formed by a qualified nurse or technician, but should and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.)
be interpreted by a physician, he said.
tools when per- Basically, Dr. Bingham says, the EMG test meas- r. Ron Bingham, who founded EMG clinics of
by skilled physi-
ures the time it takes for a small electric current to go
across a measured portion of the nerve. He uses spe-
cial equipment to stimulate the nerve and test the
D Tennessee in 1989, practices with Dr. Miles
cians and techni- Johnson. Both physicians are members of the Ameri-
nerve’s electric current.
cians… A test “The test we perform is sort of like one that an can Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiag-
electrician would do, except we test the wires in arms
done poorly can and legs to tell which ones are not working. Each
nostic Medicine. With the main office in Jackson,
lead to unneces- nerve is a cable, some filaments go to muscles, some they also have satellite clinics in Selmer, Savannah,
sary surgery or go to skin. With an EMG machine, we can do two
Parsons, Lexington, Union City, Dyersburg, Bartlett,
things: electrically stimulate the nerve to see how fast
delay important electric impulses go from point A to B. Then we Southaven (Mississippi) and Fulton (Kentucky).
treatment.” measure that rate in thousandths of a second; if it is
For more information, visit emgclinics.com or call
too slow, the nerve is sick.”
Ron Bingham, M.D. Some people worry that the test is painful, he said. 800.224.1807.
It’s a bit uncomfortable, but not painful.
Gout: New treatments for an age-old disease
out — long recognized as a source
By Jacob Aelion, M.D., Nimesh Dayal, M.D.,
of human misery — is the most and Satish Odhav, M.D.
common inflammatory arthritis
in the United States. sition and gouty inflammation.
The number of people with gout Misconceptions about gout are
has increased over the past few quite common to this day. People usu-
decades. The estimated total ally associate the condition only with
gout population in this country acute flares, but in reality, gout
is more than seven million — is a chronic, progressive dis-
about the same number of ease, and disease progression
people who have activity- continues even in the ab-
limiting back pain. In con- sence of acute flares. An-
trast, the number of people other misconception is
affected by rheumatoid that gout affects only the
arthritis and fibromyalgia is Dr. Jacob Aelion and Dr. Satish Odhav, who practice at joints. Uric acid
two and five million re- crystals, however,
the Arthritis Clinic of Jackson, are involved in several clin- can deposit in soft
spectively. ical trials, including those involving gout. Dr. Nimesh
Until recently, however, Dayal is joining the Arthritis Clinic later this year. For tissues other than
gout management has joint lining and
more information or an appointment, call 664.0002 or cause a variety of
lagged behind the rising 866.564.0011.
tide. Fortunately, we now medical problems
have a better understanding of the disease and new ranging from the skin to the kidneys.
medications for its treatment and prevention. To understand gout, we must first understand
The condition has been considered a source of mis- uric acid, one of the “waste products” that the body
ery throughout human history. The word gout can be excretes through the kidneys.
traced to the Latin guta (a drop), which has its origin in An elevated blood uric acid level or hyper-
the belief that the disease was caused by a poisonous uricemia is a necessary precursor to gout. (In physi-
chemical falling drop by drop into the joint. ologic terms it is defined as a serum uric acid level
Egyptians first identified the disease in 2640 B.C., in excess of 6.8 mg/dL at a temperature of 37C.)
and, indeed, evidence of gouty arthritis was found in Above this level, urate crystals may begin to form
the great toe of an Egyptian mummy. The distinctive and precipitate in joints and soft tissues. Lower temper-
clinical features of the disease were described by Hip- atures decrease the solubility of uric acid, which may ex-
pocrates in the fifth century B.C. In the first century plain the peripheral distribution of gouty arthritis and
A.D., Celsus recognized that gouty arthritis often af- why, for example, the disease affects the big toe more
flicted the rich and powerful. commonly than it does the shoulder.
King Henry VIII of England was rumored to have Besides low temperature, other physical factors af- Acute gout flares, from top,
made several misguided personal and matters of state fecting urate crystal formation are low pH (acidity), on the ear, foot, hands and
decisions when afflicted by acute gouty flares. It was trauma or exercise and dehydration. Hyperuricemia can knees can be painful and
only in the mid 18th century that the British physician be due to overproduction of uric acid (about 10% of immobilizing.
Alfred Garrod demonstrated an increased amount of patients) or renal under excretion (about 90% of pa-
tients). Sometimes it can be due to both. An elevated
Continued on Page 4 …
uric acid in the blood of gouty patients and went on to
The famous — and gout
delineate the cause and effect relationship of urate depo-
T hroughout history, gout has struck many famous people. One well known
sufferer, King Henry VIII, at left, was notorious for making rash decisions dur-
ing gout flareups.
Others in history who had gout include Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan;
Nostradamus, a French prophesier; poets John Milton and Alfred Lord Tennyson;
Sir Issac Newton, English physicist and mathematician; English writers Henry
Fiedling and Samuel Johnson; Pablo Neruda, a Nobel Prize winning writer; King
George IV; John Hancock, whose signature is famous on the Declaration of Inde-
pendence; President Thomas Jefferson; British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli;
and even Benjamin Franklin, an inventor and U.S. Ambassador.
Roman poet Ennius even attributed his success to gout, writing “I only write
poetry when I suffer from gout.”
Prostate cancer…silent, but treatable
Continued from Page 1 …
r. Peter Lawrence
His preferred method of surgery is a robotic prosta- the tumor; high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU);
practices at Jack- tectomy. It is minimally invasive, uses a laparoscope and and hormonal injections, which reduce testosterone lev-
son Urological Associ- small incisions to remove the prostate and requires a els and hold the cancer at bay.
general anesthesia. The patient typically stays in the “When making the decision on whether and how to
ates with Dr. David treat prostate cancer, I start with a long conversation
hospital overnight and goes home the next day. This is
Burleson, Dr. John Car- compared to traditional surgery, which requires a larger with the patient on the pros, the cons, the risks and the
raher, Dr. Ray Howard, incision to remove the prostate and often results in a benefits of each treatment,” said Dr. Lawrence. “We
longer hospital stay and longer recovery. want to make sure that any treatment provides more
Dr. Don McKnight and benefit than harm.”
Other treatments include cryotherapy, which freezes
Dr. Scott Yarbro. The
clinic is located at Factors affecting your risk for prostate cancer
rostate cancer is the most common Race: African-American men are lead to prostate cancer.
28 Medical Center
Drive. For an ap-
P non-skin cancer in America, affect-
ing one in six men. Several major fac-
60% more likely to develop prostate
cancer compared with Caucasian men
Where you live: For men in the
United States, the risk of developing
pointment, call tors influence your risk; some of them, and are nearly 2.5 times as likely to prostate cancer is 17%. For men who
731-427-9971 or unfortunately, cannot be changed. die from the disease. Conversely, Asian live in rural China, it’s 2%. However,
Age: The older you are, the men who live in Asia have the lowest when Chinese men move to the west-
800-748-9855 more likely you are to be diagnosed risk. ern culture, their risk increases sub-
with prostate cancer. Although only Family history/genetics: A stantially. Men who live in cities north
one in 10,000 men under age 40 will man with a father or brother who de- of 40 degrees latitude (north of
be diagnosed, the rate shoots up to veloped prostate cancer is twice as Columbus, Ohio, and Provo, Utah, for
one in 38 for ages 40 to 59, and one likely to develop the disease. This risk example) have the highest risk for
in 15 for ages 60 to 69. The average is further increased if the cancer was dying from prostate cancer of any
age at diagnosis of prostate cancer in diagnosed in family members younger men in the United States. This effect
the United States is 69 years. After than age 55 or if it affected three or appears to be mediated by inadequate
that age, the chance of developing more family members. In addition, sunlight during three months of the
prostate cancer becomes more com- some genes increase mutational rates year, which reduces vitamin D levels.
mon than any other cancer in men or while others may predispose a man to (Source; Prostate Cancer Foundation,
Gout: New treatments for an age-old disease
women. infection or viral infections that can www.pcf.org)
Continued from Page 3... blood uric acid level can remain silent for several agents, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,
years before triggering health problems. colchicine and corticosteroids. Treatment is tailored to
The typical gout patient is an elderly male or post- the individual patient. For chronic management, the
T reating pa-
gout is simple if
menopausal female with other medical problems, such
as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney
disease, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia. They tend
to be obese, have a diet rich in meat and seafood, have
physician should start urate-lowering therapy to achieve
a serum uric acid level of less than 6 mg/dL. This ther-
apy usually starts two weeks after the acute event has re-
solved because initiation of urate-lowering therapy may
high alcohol intake and are frequent consumers of high- result in a “mobilization” flare, which occurs when urate
both the physi- fructose corn syrup. They commonly use medications moves from tissue deposits. For the same reason, anti-
cian and the pa- such as thiazide diuretics, low dose aspirin and nicotinic inflammatory prophylaxis is recommended for several
acid that negatively impact the renal handling of uric months after starting such therapy.
tient have a good acid. Between 1965 and early 2009 not a single new drug
grasp of what Treating patients with gout is simple if both the was approved for gout. Now treatment is poised for a
physician and the patient have a good grasp of what transformation with new drugs on the market and oth-
causes the disease causes the disease and a good line of communication. If ers in clinical development.
and a good line the patient has an acute flare of gout, treatment should The new therapeutic options are for all stages of the
be eliminated to stop the acute painful attack first. disease. One of them, Febuxostat (Uloric) has been
of communica- Once that is done, treatment should concentrate on available for clinical use since 2009. Others, in phase
tion. preventing future flares and, in those patients with long- two or three clinical trials, include Rilonacept and
standing disease, preventing and reversing the complica- Canakinimab for resolving acute attacks by neutralizing
tions of chronic urate deposition in joints, kidneys or IL-1; Pegloticase, a pegylated uricase that enzymatically
other involved sites. breaks down uric acid; and RDEA594, which increases
4 Acute flares are resolved with anti-inflammatory renal excretion of uric acid.
Customized knee surgery gets better results
new technologically-advanced surgical proce- tient-Matched technology also assists the
A dure is customizing knee replacement surgery
for each individual patient. The result is a knee
implant that works more naturally for the patient and
surgeon in choosing the correct implant
size that matches the dimensions of the
patient’s knee and helps the surgeon ac-
may last longer. curately place the knee implant.
“Visionaire Patient-Matched technology is a re- When possible, the orthopedic sur-
markable system that uses your geons at West Tennessee Bone & Joint
MRI and x-ray images to de- Clinic use minimally-invasive surgical
sign and build surgical instru- techniques with the Visionaire instru-
ments customized for your ments, which helps patients return to
unique knee anatomy,” said their active lifestyles faster.
Dr. Kelly Pucek, who is one of Minimally-invasive surgery leaves a
several physicians at West Ten- smaller scar, and patients may experi-
nessee Bone & Joint Clinic, ence less pain during recovery than they
P.C., who have been trained to would with a standard surgical approach
do the patient-customized, to total knee replacement. The Vision-
knee replacement surgery. Dr. Kelly Pucek aire system also eliminates multiple steps
“Every person’s knee joint has subtle differences in from the surgery, reducing the patient’s
shape and contour,” he explained, “but traditional time under anesthesia.
surgical instruments that are used to place knee im- Any surgery has potential risks, the
plants are one-size-fits-all.” Traditionally, an orthope- physicians said, and recovery depends
dic surgeon spends time during the procedure on factors like activity level, weight and
adapting to the patient’s knee “terrain” in order to age.
achieve the proper placement of the implant. “Mis- “Still,” said Dr. Hutchison, “the new
alignment is the leading cause of early implant failure, patient-customized technology is an im-
and it also can cause pain and portant advance in knee replacement surgery.
instability,” said Dr. Pucek. If you need the surgery, ask your doctor
With the Visionaire tech- which implant is right for you.”
nology, explained Dr. Jason
Hutchison, who also practices The physicians practicing at the West
at West Tennessee Bone & Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic are Dr. Low-
Joint, the orthopedic surgeon ell Stonecipher, Dr. Mike Cobb, Dr. David
comes to the operating room Johnson, Dr. Kelly Pucek, Dr. Harold
equipped with instruments en- Antwine III, Dr. David Pearce, Dr. Jason
gineered exclusively for the pa- Hutchison, Dr. Adam Smith, Dr. Doug Haltom and The Smith & Nephew
Dr. Jason Hutchison implants used in tan-
tient’s knee by Smith & Dr. John Everett.
Nephew, an innovator in orthopedic implants. The clinic is at 24 Physicians Drive. For more in- dem with Visionaire in-
The computer-guided precision of Visionaire Pa- formation, call 888-661-9825 or visit www.wtbjc.com. struments are made
with an exclusive tech-
nology to custom fit to a
Cardiovascular Clinic moves to new building patient’s knee.
or patients of Dr. Adey Agbetoyin, find- and easier parking for patients and staff.
F ing the Cardiovascular Clinic of West
Tennessee has gotten a bit easier. In June,
The new clinic has the same phone
number, 731-256-1819, and the same
the clinic opened its new office at 2968 N. hours of operation, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-
Highland Ave., right day through Friday. The Cardiovascular
next to North Side Clinic of West Tennessee accepts most
High School. major insurance products.
The newly con- Dr. Agbetoyin is board certified in cardi-
structed building is ology, specializing in diagnosing and treat-
more convenient for ing heart and vascular conditions. His clinic
patients to find, pro- provides state-of-the-art care in cardiovascu-
vides more space for lar consultation, nuclear cardiology, inter-
equipment and offers ventional cardiology, peripheral and
more exam rooms, a vascular medicine, and pacemaker and de-
larger waiting room Dr. Adey Agbetoyin fibrillator implantation.
Jackson has some really great doctors.
We are proud to call them members.
Allergy General Surgery Nephrology Pediatrics
Allergy & Asthma Care: 660-0138 Jackson Surgical: 664-7395 West TN Kidney Clinics: 668-4337 Child Care Clinic: 664-8080
• Alan DeJarnatt, M.D. • Daniel Day, M.D. • Susan Alex, M.D. • Kay Joglekar, M.D.
• Dean Currie, M.D. • Ram Chary, M.D. Children’s Clinic: 423-1500
Anesthesiology • David Laird, M.D. • Shirish “Joe” Joglekar, M.D. • Todd Blake, M.D.
Professional Anesthesia: 424-1408 • David Villarreal, M.D. • R. Mulay, M.D. • Bruce Maley, M.D.
• Ben Anderson, M.D. Madison Surgical Clinic: 660-6101 • Murty Narapareddy, M.D. • Amelia Self, M.D.
• Charles Freeman, D.O. • Thomas Edwards, M.D. • David Self, M.D.
• Lauri Anne Gorbet, M.D.
Neurology • Theresa Smith, M.D.
Greystone Medical: 661-0131
• Timothy Hutchison, M.D. Gynecology/Obstetrics
• Michael Lam, M.D. Jackson OB/GYN: 427-9601
• Marcus DeSio, M.D. Physical Medicine/Rehab
EMG Clinics of TN: 664-0899
• Michael Martindale, M.D. • Clarence Gooch, M.D. Ophthalmology • Ron Bingham, M.D.
• Charles Poole, M.D. Jackson Reg. Women: 668-4455 Eye Clinic: 424-2414 • Miles Johnson, M.D.
• Todd Seabrook, M.D. • Sandra Boxell, M.D. • Mark Bateman, M.D. EMG Specialty Clinics: 668-9899
• Keith Micetich, M.D. • Hilary Grissom, M.D. • Remy Valdivia, M.D.
Cardiology • Lane Williams, M.D. • Bruce Herron, M.D. West TN Rehab Group: 664-7744
Adv Cardiovascular: 215-1281 Woman’s Clinic: 422-4642 • Sean Neel, M.D. • Davidson Curwen, M.D.
• Alexander Alperovich, M.D. • Brad Adkins, M.D. • Jason Sullivan, M.D.
Apex Cardiology: 423-8200 • Madhav Boyapati, M.D. • Art Woods, M.D. Plastic Surgery
• Henry Lui, M.D. • Michael Epps, M.D. (GYN ONLY) Hughes Eye Center: 664-1994 Plastic Surgery Clinic: 668-2490
Cardiovascular Clinic: 256-1819 • Paul Gray, M.D. • David Underwood, M.D. • Marshall Yellen, M.D.
• Adey Agbetoyin, M.D. • Andrea Harper, M.D.
Mid-South Heart Center: 423-8383 • Molly Rheney, M.D. Orthopedic Surgery Podiatry
• Louis Cunningham, M.D. • Ryan Roy, M.D. Sports/Orthopedics: 427-7888 East Wood Clinic, Paris: 642-2025
• Tommy Miller III, M.D. • David Soll, M.D. • John Masterson, M.D. • David Long, D.P.M.
Skyline Cardiovascular: 410-6777 • Keith Nord, M.D. Podiatry Clinic: 427-5581
• Ronald Weiner, D.O. Hematology/Oncology • Timothy Sweo, M.D. • Terry Holt, D.P.M.
Cancer Care Center: 668-1668 • Bradford Wright, M.D.
Dermatology • David Yakin, M.D. Pulmonology/Critical Care
• Brian Walker, D.O. Mid-South Lung Center: 422-4241
Medical Specialty Clinic: 424-1001 West TN Bone & Joint: 661-9825
• Archie Wright, D.O. • Ravis Curry, M.D.
• Mac Jones, M.D. • Harold Antwine III, M.D.
• Patrick Teer, M.D. • Michael Cobb, M.D. Rheumatology
• Omar Ahmad, M.D. • John Everett, M.D. Arthritis Clinic: 664-0002
Family Practice • Doug Haltom, M.D. • Jacob Aelion, M.D.
Northside Medical Clinic: 668-2800 • Clyde Smith, M.D. • Jason Hutchison, M.D. • Satish Odhav, M.D.
• Timothy Hayden, M.D. • David Johnson, M.D.
• Elizabeth Londino, M.D. Internal Medicine • David Pearce, M.D. Urgent Care
Kenneth Warren, M.D.: 664-0103 Eze Clinic: 661-0067 • Kelly Pucek, M.D. Physicians Quality Care: 984-8400
Wellness/Family Care: 256-0526 • Gift Eze, M.D. • Adam Smith, M.D. • Jimmy Hoppers, M.D.
• Erika Creech, M.D. Goodwin & Associates: 668-9791 • Lowell Stonecipher, M.D. • Melanie Hoppers, M.D.
• Stephen Goodwin, M.D.
Gastroenterology Medical Clinic: 424-8922
West TN ENT Clinic: 424-3682 Jackson Urological: 427-9971
Medical Specialty Clinic: 424-1001 • Robert Dunnebacke, M.D. • David Burleson, M.D.
• Karl Studtmann, M.D.
• Charles Hertz, M.D. • Kevin Gray, M.D. • John Carraher, M.D.
• Keith Wainscott, M.D.
• Robert Hollis, M.D. • Conrado Sioson Jr., M.D. • Raymond Howard, M.D.
• Michael Ibach, M.D. Ultimate Health: 265-1997 Pain Medicine • Peter Lawrence, M.D.
• Daniel Kayal, D.O. • Samuel Bada, M.D. Pain Consultants: 660-5116 • Donald McKnight, M.D.
• Ami Naik, M.D. John Woods, M.D.: 664-7949 • Frank Jordan, M.D. • Scott Yarbro, M.D.
West Tennessee Physicians’ Alliance: www.wtpa.com
Physicians open Dermatology Clinic of Jackson
ac Jones, M.D., and Patrick Teer, M.D., let light therapies (including EX-
M have opened their own clinic, Dermatology
Clinic of Jackson.
The board-certified physicians have been practic-
TRAC laser) and the most up-
to-date biologic injections.
Cosmetic procedures include
ing dermatology in Jackson at Medical Specialty sclerotherapy, Botox, Restylane
Clinic for a combined 30 years. Their new clinic will and Juvederm injections and
continue to be in the Medical Specialty building at 27 products including RevaleSkin,
Medical Center Drive, which is off Skyline Drive. Teamine complex and Latisse.
Dr. Jones and Dr. Teer have a general dermatology They market a small group of
practice with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment skin products.
of skin cancer. They diagnose and treat all diseases of A graduate of Harvard Uni-
the skin, including acne, warts, moles, hives, rashes, versity, Dr. Jones received his
psoriasis and fungal infections, and disorders of the medical degree from the Univer-
hair and nails. Their patients range from babies to sity of Tennessee Center for the
seniors. Health Sciences in Memphis. Both his internship and
They also offer every available treatment for psori- residency in dermatology also were in
asis, including topical agents, oral therapies, ultravio- Memphis. Dr. Jones is board certi-
fied in dermatology.
A Jackson native, Dr.
Patrick Teer also is a medical
graduate of the University of
Tennessee in Memphis. He
spent three years in an in-
ternal medicine residency at
UT and an additional year as
chief resident. He then had three
years of residency in dermatology
at the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Teer is board certified in inter-
nal medicine and in dermatology.
For more information or an ap-
pointment, call 731-422-7999 or
Formerly a part of Medical Specialty Clinic, Dr. Patrick Teer, second from visit www.dermjax.com. person
left; Dr. Mac Jones, far right; and their staff welcome patients to the new
Dermatology Clinic of Jackson. with fair
Skin cancer on rise, but treatable if caught early only two to
…From Back Cover
five minutes of
cerns about your daily intake of vitamin D, have your
bones,” said Dr. Jones. “But most people receive regular physician draw your vitamin D level and then mid-day expo-
enough incidental sun exposure from their daily activ- consider taking supplements, if necessary.” sure to get his
ities to meet their vitamin D requirements. Tanning Sunlight or tanning beds are no better sources of
bed salons and others that advocate intentional ultra- vitamin D than food or supplements.
or her daily
violet exposure as the preferred means of obtaining vi- “The only thing for which they are better is in- dose of vita-
tamin D are misleading the public.” creasing your risk for developing skin cancer and min D. After
For example, he explained, a person with fair skin causing premature aging of your skin,” said Dr. Jones.
requires only two to five minutes of mid-day exposure “Don’t be mislead about the real dangers of sun and this amount,
to get his or her daily dose of vitamin D. After this tanning-bed exposure.” any additional
amount, any additional vitamin D your body pro-
duces will not be utilized. Mac Jones, M.D., practices with Patrick Teer,
If you are concerned about getting enough vita- M.D., at the Dermatology Clinic of Jackson, 27 your body pro-
min D, the safest way to obtain this is through a Medical Specialty Drive. Both are board-certified der- duces will not
healthy, balanced diet that includes vitamin D-forti- matologists specializing in skin conditions.
fied foods, such as milk, or through oral vitamin D To schedule an appointment, call the clinic at be utilized.
supplements, said Dr Jones. “If you have any con- 731-422-7999 or visit www.dermjax.com Mac Jones, M.D.
Cedar Grove, TN
P.O. Box 3367 Permit #5
Jackson, TN 38303
Address Service Requested
meet all of your
Skin cancer on rise, but treatable if caught early
or 25 years, Dermatologist Mac The most common skin cancers are basal cell car-
F Jones, M.D., has been treating
skin cancer — and he has
watched the prevalence of skin cancer
cinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. About 98 per-
cent of all skin cancers can be surgically removed in
the office, said Dr. Jones. “With a one centimeter
rise, especially in younger patients. margin around what you see clinically, you have bet-
“There is not a day that goes by ter than a 90 percent chance of not needing more
that I do not see a patient with skin specialized surgery.”
cancer and in all different When medically appropriate, Jones refers ad-
stages,” said Dr. Jones, a vanced cases to a specialist, such as a plastic surgeon
board-certified der- or an oncology surgeon. Mohs surgery, a microscopic
matologist with the surgery that removes skin cancer with minimum
Dermatology damage to surrounding skin and a high cure rate, is
Clinic of Jack- needed in only a small percentage of skin cancer pa-
son. “Although tients, he said.
the majority of The demon causing skin cancer is ultraviolet radi-
patients are in ation that comes from the sun and artificial sources,
their 30s and such as tanning beds.
older, one re- In fact, Dr. Jones attributes some of the increase
cent summer we in skin cancers, especially those among younger pa-
had two teenagers tients, to the use of tanning beds. And some people
with melanoma, the are believing the misguided message that increased
deadliest form of skin levels of ultraviolet radiation will offer additional
cancer.” health benefits, such as getting one’s daily dose of vi-
Dr. Mac Jones sees skin can-
“It’s true that vitamin D is critical to healthy
cer daily in his clinic.
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