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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, throughout October we’ll be posting a series of stories about breast cancer prevention, treatment and survivors.
Angelina Jolie surprised the world when she had a preventative double mastectomy. Yet she had strong reasons to do so. She inherited the rare BRCA1 gene, which her doctors estimated gave her an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer. By having surgery, she minimized her risk of developing the disease.
While this course of action is relatively new in the fight against breast cancer, it’s not the only one changing the way experts treat and prevent the disease. Doctors at Sutter Health affiliates Mills-Peninsula Health Services and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation say four key developments in recent years are reshaping the course of treatment for women who have breast cancer, or who are at risk for breast cancer.
“The whole way in which we manage, treat and take care of breast cancer patients today is hugely different,” says Harriet Borofsky, M.D., medical director of the Mills-Peninsula Women’s Center. Here are the latest advances in breast cancer care.
Did you know that the top risk factor determining whether you will have a heart attack or stroke is actually something you can control? In the United States, 69 percent of people who have a heart attack and 77 percent of people who have a stroke have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thankfully, high blood pressure is mostly preventable.
“Half of U.S. adults 65 and older have high blood pressure, but it can be effectively managed through lifestyle changes,” says Janel Jurosky, R.N., MSN, Wise and Well program coordinator at Mills-Peninsula Senior Focus. Read More about Lower High Blood Pressure
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, throughout October we’ll be posting a series of stories about breast cancer prevention, treatment and survival.
When Laverne Hendricks’ annual mammogram showed a small lump in 2013, she’d been half-expecting the diagnosis for decades. Her sisters, both heavy smokers, had died in their 50s, one from breast cancer and the other from ovarian cancer.
To better her own odds, Laverne, 72, had gotten mammograms each year at the Mills-Peninsula Women’s Center in San Mateo. Still, with every screening the retired nurse wondered, would this be the year? Read More about Facing Breast Cancer Head On
Each year, more than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized for flu-related complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, many people get the flu every year without showing any symptoms. To stay healthy, the CDC recommends the flu vaccination for everyone age 6 months and older. Not only should those most vulnerable— the elderly, pregnant women and young children — receive the flu vaccine, but healthier individuals should also be vaccinated so they don’t spread the virus to others. Vaccination against the flu is safe and effective. Read More about Skip the Flu: Get Vaccinated
Finding Dr. Right – a primary care doctor who you can trust and rely on – can seem challenging. But it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple steps, you can find a good primary care doctor before you get sick, which is one of the best things you can do for your health.
“A primary care physician is someone who knows not only your medical history and can help you through an illness, but should be someone to whom you can ask any type of health-related question when you are healthy,” Linda Oberstein, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of the Mills Peninsula Division of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, says. “You want to find a physician who you like and who you feel comfortable asking those hard questions that keep you up at night.”
Follow these tips to find a doctor who meets your needs. Read More about Finding Dr. Right
Do you know what illness kills more people each year in the United States than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined? You may be surprised to learn it is sepsis. Sepsis is the body’s toxic response to infection, causing inflammation throughout the body. During severe sepsis, the body’s normal immune response goes into overdrive, setting off a series of events that can be fatal.
To increase awareness about this dangerous illness, hospitals and other health organizations around the world are observing World Sepsis Day on Sept. 13, 2013. Mills-Peninsula Medical Center is joining in World Sepsis Day efforts by distributing information to patients and medical center staff about the illness and what we are doing to fight it.
Obesity and Type 2 diabetes are on the rise, but you can lose weight with a few diet and lifestyle changes and improve your health. In extreme cases — when a person needs to lose 100 pounds or more to regain a healthy weight — weight-loss surgery can be a life-changing option.
Obesity is a serious health threat, putting people at risk for high blood pressure, stroke, coronary artery disease, certain types of cancer and even premature death. Type 2 diabetes, one of the most common side effects of excess weight, is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Unlike Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 may be reversible with changes in lifestyle, diet and weight management.
Tips to Prevent Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes