Mammography 101: What to Expect

Getting a mammogram can almost be considered one of the rites of passage in any woman’s life. If you’re about to go for your first mammogram, it might be helpful to know what’s in store so you can prepare.  Knowing what is involved may also help you to think of questions to ask your doctor during the process. (more…)

Light your porch purple for world prematurity awareness

 

One in 9 babies are born too early in the United States each year. Around the world, 15 million babies are born before their 37th week–and these numbers are rising. Preterm birth is about more than just being small. Babies born too early can have life long health consequences including hearing and vision impairment, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. Prematurity is the  leading cause of death in babies less than four weeks of age. And you know what’s worse? According to the World Health Organization, three quarters of these deaths could be prevented, even if there’s not an intensive care unit available. (more…)

New Study Finds Breast Biopsies Could Need a New Approach

Breast cancer awareness is everywhere today—as it rightly should be. Breast cancer affects about 1 out of every 8 women in the United States during their lifetime and 232,000 new cases are identified every year. It’s no secret: breast cancer can be a killer. You probably know at least one woman (or man) who has battled the disease, or maybe you’ve been there yourself.

The medical community continues to research breast cancer and works tirelessly to find better ways to identify and treat the disease.  According to new research conducted by the Mayo Clinic, there may be cause for doctors to change yet another breast cancer screening tool to help identify potential cancers early. The biopsy is a procedure that uses a needle to collect cells from a mass inside the breast. These cells are then studied to determine their type and what risk they may carry for breast cancer later. (more…)

Infertility

Infertility

Most couples expect getting pregnant to be easy – until it isn’t. After months of trying, frustration and fear can run high and leave you with lots of questions. Finding the cause of infertility can be simple or complex and infertility treatments can vary depending on the cause. Helping you see those two pink lines may be as simple as timing sex during the month or taking medications to release an egg on schedule

Different Solutions For Men and For Women

For men, the most common issues are low sperm and general sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction (ED). For women, you might not be ovulating, or your tubes might be blocked. You might have hormonal imbalances, structural problems with your uterus or endometriosis that needs to be treated to boost your fertility. We won’t know until we look and explore your unique situation.

No Two Patients Are Alike

Because no two patients are alike, we will make sure that you have the proper exams to determine the cause of your problem. We offer in-office labs and minimally invasive testing without radiation exposure from x-rays or other imaging procedures. To make sure the path an egg takes to reach the sperm is clear, we use ultrasound technology and a special device called the FemVue Sono to rule out any problems. Procedures are customized to your unique situation and needs, so not every patient may have the same set of tests.

In the even that you need more advanced procedures like minimally invasive surgery, including hysteroscopy, myomectomy surgery or laparoscopy, you can feel confident with our skill and expertise. We also offer early referrals to fertility specialists for advanced ovulation procedures if we feel it’s right for you.

Early Detection Can Save Your Life: Why & How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam

Did you know that 40% of breast cancer cases are discovered by women who felt lumps during self-exams? It doesn’t matter if cancer runs in your family or not. Every adult woman over the age of 20 should do a monthly breast self-exam.

While mammograms do help in early detection of cancer before lumps form, breast self-exams help you to become accustomed to what is normal for your breasts so you can let your doctor know if anything looks or feels different.

Self-exams should not be a substitute for mammograms, screening and other detection, but combined with routine medical care, they can give you an advantage that could save your life. (more…)

Get Ready to Walk for Breast Cancer

Get Ready to Walk for Breast Cancer

avon walk for breast cancerChances are that you know someone who has been directly affected by breast cancer. Maybe it’s you–sitting there right now. Maybe you’re finishing treatment or have just been diagnosed and you’re hoping for a bright future ahead. There’s still much research to be done to win the battle against breast cancer, but I want to encourage you to be a part of that effort through the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. There are lots of great breast cancer awareness and fundraising events going on all across the country almost constantly, so Avon’s walk isn’t your only option, but it could be  a great way to join in the fight.

What is the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer?

Starting in September, 2014 walkers can trek up to 39 miles in a weekend while raising money for screenings, research, cancer support, education and more–but don’t worry–the walk is designed to be fun and interactive with great meals, lots of support from Avon’s volunteer staff and time with others who care about the cause.

Women and men who walk gather donations. These donations are used by Avon to fund breast cancer programs and offer treatment access to patients who may not have it otherwise–a key component of a healthy life and early detection. Since the walk started in 2003, more than $500 million dollars has been raised for the cause and helps underserved women get mammograms , research labs get important supplies, and low-income patients get transportation to and from medical appointments.

How can I get involved?

It’s easy! Visit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer homepage and register for the city you’re closest to–or that you’ve always wanted to see and make it a trip to remember! You can choose from locations including Santa Barbara, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Boston and more. 80% of the money raised during the walk stays in the city where the walk is held.

I can’t walk very far–can I still participate?

Absolutely. There’s no requirement that says you have to walk the full mileage at the event. Just complete your fundraising efforts then come out and walk as long as you’d like–enjoying healthy meals, plenty of rest breaks, and a fun time along the way.

There is lots of helpful, inspiring information on the walk website–drop by and take a look at the videos and other inspiring details that will have you lacing up your walking shoes in no time. Plan your trip today!