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National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Treatment

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

 

We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to draw attention to the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options of ovarian cancer. Opposite of prostate cancer, ovarian cancer is only present in women. It begins in the ovaries, which produce eggs, estrogen and progesterone. They are located in the pelvis and are vital organs for reproduction. Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread to other organs and becomes more difficult to treat. LA Medical believes it is important for every woman to be educated of ovarian cancer how it can be prevented or controlled.

Symptoms: There are few warning signs of ovarian cancer in the early stages. It often goes undetected until it spreads and becomes more severe. If you sense any of these or other abnormal symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.

  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Change in bowel movements or constipation
  • Pelvis pain
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent urinating

Risk Factors: Being aware of risk factors can allow women to take extra precaution as needed.  When they are educated of how their family history and lifestyle choices affect their health, they can make appropriate adjustments.

  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer can heighten the risks
  • Most common in women age 50 and 60
  • The use of estrogen replacement therapy
  • Never being pregnant
  • Fertility treatment
  • Smoking, and more

Treatment Options:  Depending on how far the cancer has spread often determines which treatment option is best.

  • Surgical removal of ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the uterus, and nearby lymph nodes and abdominal tissue where the cancer may spread, is usually necessary unless the cancer is detected very early on.
  • Chemotherapy is typically performed after surgery to kill of any more cancer cells.

Whether ovarian cancer runs in your family or not, LA Medical believes it is valuable to be aware of signs and symptoms to detect it as early as possible. We hope you avoid risk factors that are in your control and be knowledgeable about your family history. Contact LA Medical for safety and health supplies today!

Checking Up

Posted on: September 25th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

No one really enjoys going to the doctor, right?  Even for the most routine things like a yearly health exam there’s always the possibility that you’ll receive some sort of bad news. However, seeing your doctor once a year for a full health exam can prevent the bad news from even happening or catching it early enough that whatever is can be cured. That’s why yearly exams, or physicals, are so important.

Most physicals are the same, although they do differentiate a little bit based on the age and overall health of the individual. Most physicals begin with a questionnaire to establish previous medical history and family medical history to see if you are at risk for hereditary conditions or diseases. The doctor will also ask about your lifestyle such as how active you are, how much rest you get per night and how well you eat and what you drink.

A hands-on physical examination will also occur during which the doctor will check the major organs of the body to make sure there are no anomalies that can be felt. This will always include a blood pressure reading since high blood pressure can affect people of all ages. If the doctor orders it or you request it, you can also have blood drawn to be tested for cholesterol levels or other conditions you may be at risk for.

To conclude the visit, your doctor may talk to you about any lifestyle changes they would recommend if your blood pressure or cholesterol were too high, for example. They also may prescribe medications for any conditions they may have uncovered during the physical.

The changes they recommend are up to you to institute as your doctor cannot meet with you every day to make sure you are keeping up with them. LA Medical Retail is committed to the total health of our customers, and we’d like to see around for many years to come so get on a yearly cycle of exams starting this month!