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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!

Differences between Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Make the right decision for your loved one.

Make the right decision for your loved one.

It can be a difficult decision to move a loved one into an assisted living facility or nursing home. As people age, their need for care increases and they can find assistance in a home designed for their comfort and health.  It’s important to weigh the different options to ensure your loved one has access to the care they need.  LA Medical has bathroom safety products and other supplies available to provide you or a loved one with better safety and care within the home. Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are open and welcoming to anyone in need. Here we have provided the definitions and differences of assisted living facilities and nursing homes to select the best option for you.

Assisted Living Facilities provide a place for elders to become a part of a community and maintain independence. They are often given a space they can decorate themselves. They have group meals, laundry services, and housekeeping available. Individuals who need little to no help performing daily tasks will find comfort in an assisted living home. Aids are always on staff and available for patients to call upon when needed. Assisted living homes provide an atmosphere that is welcoming and appealing to many.

Nursing homes provide additional help to patients suffering with a cognitive impairment, debilitating medical problem, or need help with daily living tasks. Individuals who need special medical treatment and additional attention can find expertise in a nursing home. Families can feel better knowing their loved one is under the care of professionals who will provide 24-hour medical services. Nursing homes provide a comfortable atmosphere for the elderly to socialize and spend their days with the best assistance.

Deciding between an assisted living facility and a nursing home can be difficult. Make sure to take your loved one’s unique characteristics into consideration. Be conscious of their health and safety needs and ensure they are met as best possible with either option. LA Medical invites you to visit our site for safety and health equipment.

5 Benefits of Life After 65

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Age with ease and have fun along the way with LA Medical!

Age with ease and have fun along the way with LA Medical!

As people age they may become more aware of their growing medical and health needs. They may pay more visits to the doctor, have more prescriptions, or struggle with tasks that used to come easy. While aging is a process that typically involves extra care and attention, there are also many benefits that come with it. LA Medical has supplies to assist you or a loved one around your home and when going about daily life. We are confident you could use our products to ensure better safety and comfort in the life of you or a loved one. Below are 5 benefits that come with aging we hope you can relate to.

  • When someone turns 65 years old, they are granted senior citizen status. They are now able to receive Medicare, an affordable health insurance from the government that can offset many health expenses.
  • The government also provides every senior citizen with Social Security to ensure their financial wellbeing. The amount allocated depends on the individual’s income, retirement account, and taxes.
  • Senior citizens receive discounts at many restaurants and stores after providing proof of their age.
  • After retirement, it is still possible to find enjoyable part-time work. Whether for enjoyment or to make extra cash, there are companies that hire seniors for specific positions and agencies available to help with placement.
  • There are community centers all across the nation for seniors to gather at and socialize. They often have organized activities and volunteer opportunities to work at with your spare time.

Life after 65 can be an exciting time as you find new hobbies to enjoy or have time to travel to places you’ve always wanted to go. Keep your health in mind with LA Medical and call us today for your medical supplies!

Celebrating Senior Independence Month

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Blog-5---SIMStaying independent as we age is a concern for many people. Losses in strength, mobility, coordination and memory can all put a senior’s independence at risk. LA Medical carries many products that help a senior stay safe and independent and offers these ideas.

Falls are the leading cause of injury and death in seniors. Once a senior has fallen, they often become scared to fall again and often avoid the situations or places where they have previously fallen. That place is their bathroom.

Getting in and out of a tub can be less dangerous with a few adaptions. Ask the folks at LA Medical about bathtub handrails. These handrails are secured right onto the tub and give a person something to hang onto as they enter or exit the tub. They are easy to install or remove.

Another common item is the bath chair or shower chair. These sturdy water proof chairs require no installation; just set them in the tub! LA Medical carries versions with and without backs. The non-slip feet on the chairs means that they will stay put and so will you.

New styles of walkers are not the kind that most of us saw our grandparents use. These new rolling walkers have 3 or 4 wheels, handbrakes and basket to keep your hands and arms free. They also have a seat and a basket that gives you a place to sit wherever and whenever you need one.  Rollators are lightweight but strong and are easy to transport. They provide added balance and stability and help with balance, especially on uneven surfaces.

Safety and falls are a big concern for seniors and their families. There are many common things that can help reduce falls in the home. See LA Medical for all of your bathroom safety and mobility equipment today.  Don’t hesitate to ask questions!