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Scarier NOT to Do It: Importance of Colonoscopy Over 50

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Men and women over the age of 50 are at the highest risk of developing colorectal cancer, which is cancer that begins in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States.

While those statistics may seem daunting, the good news is that even though it is a very common type of cancer, it is also very treatable and even preventable.

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Topics: Cancer

What Should I Do If My PMS Is Getting Worse?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 8, 2018 8:19:39 AM

Like clockwork, many women experience premenstrual symptoms including body tenderness and bloating. These symptoms typically arise a few days before you get your period each month and fade as it goes by.

When symptoms are severe enough to disrupt your daily activities, it’s called PMS: premenstrual syndrome. PMS is an array of symptoms that includes mood changes, cramps, body aches, pain, and fatigue. About 90 percent of girls and women have PMS during their lifetimes and 20 to 40 percent experience severe PMS symptoms.

As women age, they tend to accept and cope with PMS challenges. But some women actually find their PMS worsens as the years go by. If this sounds like you, read on.

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Topics: Women's Health

Is it Normal to Have Hot Flashes in Your 30s or 40s?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 5, 2018 9:37:46 AM

When a woman has hot flashes, the first thought is the m-word: menopause. In the U.S., the average age of menopause onset is 51, but that average is surrounded by a wide swath of time that encompasses women age 30 to 70.

Genetics, illness, and medical procedures can cause symptoms of menopause much earlier than age 51. So if you’re in your 30s or 40s and starting to feel hot flashes, here’s what could be happening.

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Topics: Women's Health

Mammogram Myths: 6 Common Misunderstandings

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 24, 2018 4:01:17 PM

Despite decades of public health awareness about the importance of mammograms, many women are still resistant to getting them. Fear and opposition may be due to persistent myths about mammograms.

Let’s separate myth from reality. Here are six common misunderstandings and the true facts behind them.

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Topics: Mammogram, Imaging, Cancer

Why it Might Be Time for a Colon Cancer Screening

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 22, 2018 9:00:09 AM

One-third of Americans who are due for a colorectal cancer screening haven’t gotten one. That means millions of people who could have cancer, polyps, or other colon issues are totally unaware of it. Why aren’t people getting screened?

According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force - a panel of independent medical experts - the main reasons are squeamishness and fear about the procedure. Despite these inhibiting factors, the panel recommended that all adults between ages of 50 and 75 have a screening, and that those with a family history start earlier.

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Topics: Cancer

What to Do When Your Friend Has Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 11, 2018 9:34:00 AM

The news devastates you, too.

When you learn that a friend has been diagnosed with cancer, you are not sure what to do. You may not know how to help, let alone what to say.

You may not realize it initially, but your role as a friend is very important. According to the American Cancer Society, studies have shown that cancer patients who have a strong support system tend to deal better with treatments and lead a more positive quality of life.

Your presence and your connection provide a sense of comfort during a period of emotional uncertainty and physical challenges. That is especially true long after the initial diagnosis, when well-meaning acquaintances offer to help but later go on with their lives. It’s those weeks after the start of treatment when your friend will need you the most.

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Topics: Cancer

6 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Did you know 8 out of 10 women who get breast cancer have no family history? Despite recent publicity about genetic testing and the breast cancer gene, your genetics aren’t a reliable predictor of whether you’ll develop the disease.

Cancer is a frustrating game of odds, but when it comes to breast cancer, lifestyle habits seem to some impact. With this in mind, here are 6 things you can do to minimize your risk.

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Topics: Cancer

Does My Teen Still Need Well-Child Visits?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The number of U.S. kids receiving well-child care has increased in the past 10 years. An estimate from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that the rate of children age 10 to 17 who did not receive a well-child checkup in the past year dropped from 31 to 21 percent.

That’s great news. It means an increasing number of tweens and teens are getting preventive health care. Having good childhood care bodes well for lifelong health.

Wondering whether your teenager still needs well-child visits? Here are some compelling reasons why they do.

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Topics: Pediatrics

Cut Care: Protecting Cuts From Infection and Scarring

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Oh no! Your child got a scrape on the knee. What’s the best thing to do next? Flush it with hydrogen peroxide? Wrap it tightly? Slather it with butter?

Cuts and scrapes are subject to a lot of myths and bad advice. Some of these “old wives’ tales” - like putting butter on burns and scrapes - can actually introduce bacteria and do more harm than good.

Parents need the facts about proper wound care. Here’s a rundown on the best ways to handle the cuts and scrapes every child encounters.

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My Child Has a Big Bruise. Should We See a Doctor?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 10, 2018 10:00:00 PM

Most bruises aren’t a big deal. They’re the body’s natural reaction to an impact. Blood cells from deep within the skin collect near the surface, becoming visible as a red, purple, blue, or black discoloration. Some bruises even look yellow or green as they heal.

As a parent, it can be hard to know how your child has gotten every bump and bruise. When you discover a large bruise, your child may or may not be able to describe the cause depending on their age.

Here’s a closer look at bruises and when to head to the doctor’s office.

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Topics: Pediatrics