Beginning on Mother’s Day each year, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s health leads the recognition of National Women’s Health Week. This creates an opportunity to encourage women to prioritize their own health and take steps to care for themselves. Use it as an excuse to take the time this week to think about how you can show yourself some well deserved love and support your good health.
May 6, 2018 8:23:00 AM
What is bone density testing?
Bone density testing, also known as DEXA (an acronym for dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scanning, is a way of assessing bone mineral density using advanced, low-dose X-ray technology. It’s commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition involving gradual loss of calcium that causes bones to thin and become more vulnerable to breaks, and osteopenia (decreased bone mass).
Apr 26, 2018 8:50:00 AM
You’ve probably heard that one in eight women develops breast cancer during her lifetime. Steps such as staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, and limiting alcohol consumption can help reduce your risk, but even the healthiest lifestyle is no guarantee against breast cancer. Major medical associations including the American College of Radiology, the Society for Breast Imaging, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommend annual mammography screening for women who are at least 40 years old and at average risk for breast cancer.
Apr 16, 2018 3:38:00 PM
The Testicular Cancer Society recognizes April as Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 9,310 new cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed and approximately 400 men will die of the disease in the U.S. this year. While testicular cancer is relatively rare, accounting for just 1% of male cancers and occurring in about 1 in 250 males, the incidence of this type of cancer has been increasing over the past several decades. So far, cancer researchers have not identified causes of this increase.
Apr 4, 2018 5:31:00 PM
Each April, the U.S. recognizes National Cancer Control Month. Cancer control includes each phase of the fight against cancer: prevention, detection, and treatment. More than 1.7 billion Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and 38.5% (approximately 1 in 2.6) of people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetimes. However, the numbers of both new cancer cases and cancer-related deaths per capita have been declining steadily since the early 1990s. In 1975, cancer patients faced an overall relative 5-year survival rate of 48.7%; in 2009, this rate was up to 69.3%.
Mar 25, 2018 8:47:00 AM
A woman who experiences symptoms like trouble getting pregnant, repeated miscarriages, or abnormal menstrual bleeding may be referred for a sonohysterogram to investigate possible causes. If a transabdominal or transvaginal ultrasound produces insufficiently clear images to locate the source of the problem, then a sonohysterogram may be recommended.
Mar 14, 2018 9:10:00 AM
This year, March 12–18 is Brain Awareness Week, a global celebration of the brain and the promise of brain research. To help expand your brain awareness, we’ll discuss how computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are used to create medically useful images of the brain and surrounding structures.
Topics: health tips
Mar 7, 2018 8:42:00 AM
Topics: virtual colonoscopy
Feb 25, 2018 8:31:00 AM
Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare form of breast cancer in which cancerous cells block the lymph vessels in breast tissue, causing the breast to become swollen, red, sensitive, or otherwise inflamed. It is rare, accounting for less than 5% of breast cancer cases, and it is easily mistaken for mastitis, a breast infection common among nursing mothers. Because inflammatory breast cancer is also very aggressive, it’s important to be able to recognize its symptoms and get in to see your doctor as soon as possible if they appear.
Feb 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM
Every February, we recognize American Heart Month, which was first designated by President Johnson in 1964. At that time, more than half of deaths in the U.S. were attributable to heart disease. As of 2011, approximately one third of deaths in this country were due to heart disease, stroke, or other cardiovascular conditions. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death around the globe.
Topics: CT cardiac calcium scoring