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6 Common Health Concerns To Avoid This Summer

Category: Primary Care

Summertime usually has its own set of risky health situations, but this year there are even more. Being out and about during the summer makes both young and old susceptible to many health problems. The elephant in the room is, of course, COVID-19 and all the risks associated with it, but it’s also important to be mindful of these 6 common health concerns to avoid this summer.

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Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer with These 5 Tips

Colon cancer can happen to anyone, although it typically affects older adults.

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Coronary Artery Disease Symptoms That Everyone Should Know

Category: Cardiology

Since coronary artery disease can be sneaky with some subtle warning signs, it’s best to be proactive with your knowledge of the issue and not be caught off guard.

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3 Steps to Controlling Your Diabetes

Category: Diabetes

If you have diabetes, it is vital that you keep your blood sugar levels within the doctor recommended range. Controlling your diabetes will leave you less susceptible to common diabetes symptoms and future health issues. Put yourself in the best possible position by following these three steps:

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Fad Diets vs. a Healthy Lifestyle

As the radio blares, your ears immediately perk up at the sound of “you can lose up to 40 pounds in just two weeks and still eat what you want.” 

By now, most of us have become aware that there’s a big different between a fad diet and healthy weight loss, but sometimes the sales pitches are too good to be true. So, what exactly should you be on the lookout for when determining the difference?

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Why and When I Should Get Screened for Lung Cancer

Category: Lung Health

According to the CDC, lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, and is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women. Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center recommends that everyone understands the known risk factors for lung cancer and takes preventative action against them by implementing simple lifestyle changes.

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New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines You Should Know

Category: News

If you have been confused in the past by changes in breast cancer screening guidelines,buckle up! Recently, more changes have been passed down as guidelines, so it’s important to make sure you’re knowledgeable. Differing guidelines are espoused by three important groups involved in protecting women from breast cancer. The newest change was announced in May of this year, and is primarily concerned with “individual risk profiles.” Here are the new breast cancer screening guidelines you should know about.

The Three Most Influential Guidelines

There are a number of groups and associations that provide guidelines about breast cancer screening, and we will focus on these three.

The Most Recent Changes and Why

The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) is the largest organization of breast cancer surgeons in the US. This group justifies their new guidelines based on their unique perspective of first hand relationship with breast cancer patients and the journey through the disease. They advocate for increased years of life versus costs.

They recommend the following changes:

  • All women should undergo a formal risk assessment performed by their physician at age 25 – 30
  • Those women with average risk should begin annual screening mammograms at age 40
  • Those women with predicted lifetime risks greater than 20% should begin annual mammograms with an MRI offered at age 35
  • Screening mammography should stop with the lifespan is less than 10 years (age 74)

The risk assessment should include a full family history of breast cancer, a discussion of genetic testing, and presence of BRCA gene. Women with average risk and dense breasts are recommended to undergo an annual 3D mammography for more thorough analysis of their breast tissue.

The ASBrS believes that catching cancer early increases the odds of a successful treatment and accounts for individual risk profiles. More details about the ASBrS and their approach to early breast cancer diagnosis can be found in their own detailed statement about the topic.

Guidelines Set by the American Cancer Society

This group holds to the following guidelines:

  • Women of average risk should begin annual mammograms at age 45 through age 54
  • After age 54 mammograms should be performed every other year

Guidelines Set by the US Preventive Services Task Force

This group differs from the other two in its recommendations:

  • Women of average risk should begin breast cancer screening at 50 years of age
  • These mammograms should be continued every other year until age 74

This organization believes that the issue of risks and adverse effects should determine when and how often women should have breast cancer screenings. There is always the probability of false positives and false negatives, over treatment, unnecessary procedures, additional costs, and anxiety that may lead to inaccurate findings. This causes many doctors to question the value of breast cancer screening including when to begin, how often, and how long to continue said screenings.

What’s Best for You?

It is important to do self exams, clinical exams, and screenings. Implementing all three together are your best defense against breast cancer. Instead of becoming even more confused, have a discussion with Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to determine a plan that’s right for you.

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10 Specific Stomach Pains That Require Further Treatment

We have all had our share of nasty stomach pains after overeating, eating undercooked food, or eating something that has spoiled. We recognize and suffer the consequences, and maybe we pop a couple of antacid pills and move on.  At other times our stomach pain can be a more serious situation, like these 10 specific stomach pains that require further treatment.

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Tips for Your Kid’s First Day Back to School

Category: Primary Care

The first day back to school after the long summer break might be something your child is dreading (or maybe just a few are excited), and yet it can’t come soon enough for some parents.

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10 Sources of Stress Relief to Improve Your General Health

Category: General Health

Technology is supposed to make life easier and help us accomplish tasks more quickly, but for many, today’s technological advances have only made life more stressful.

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