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Can I Be Tested for Lung Cancer If I Don’t Have Symptoms?

May 22, 2020 12:41:42 PM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Are you wondering if now is a good time to get tested for lung cancer, even if you’re not currently experiencing any symptoms? Getting a screening early is a good idea to make sure you’re healthy or identify potential cancer before it spreads. 

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Topics: cancer, health tips, CT scan

Smoking and Your Health in the Age of COVID-19

May 5, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

It’s been understood for decades that tobacco smoking is the single leading cause of lung cancer, causing an estimated 1.5 to 2 million deaths per year. Eighty-five percent of lung cancers occur in current or former smokers. This year, there is a new reason to quit smoking: COVID-19. Recent studies indicate that when infected with the novel coronavirus, tobacco smokers are more likely to develop severe infections, to need mechanical ventilation, and to die as a result of the illness. This is not surprising, given that smoking causes damage that inhibits the lungs’ ability to clean and repair themselves. Along with getting plenty of exercise, eating healthy, and managing stress, avoiding cigarettes is one if the top ways to keep your immune system in good working order during the pandemic.

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Topics: cancer, health tips, CT scan

How Does Social Isolation Affect Our Health?

Apr 23, 2020 9:07:35 AM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

The strategy of closing businesses and advising residents to stay at home is, by design, isolating. That’s good for limiting the damage that the coronavirus known as COVID-19 is able to inflict in our communities. Isolation, however, comes at a cost. In the best of circumstances, restrictions on where you can go, what you can do, and who you can see in person would be hard to deal with. The stress of a new, fast-spreading illness and uncertainty about the future make it even more troubling. How can these changes in our daily lives affect our health?

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Topics: health tips

7 Ways to Boost Your Immune System During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Apr 7, 2020 3:30:00 PM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

In a time when so much seems beyond our control, we want to control what we can. While it’s likely that many Americans will contract the coronavirus, the severity of any individual’s illness is difficult to predict. One thing we each can do is give our immune systems what they need to be in top shape to fight whatever comes our way. Here are seven ways you can support your immune system.

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Topics: health tips

5 Tips for Lowering Your Risk of Heart Disease

Mar 23, 2020 6:15:00 PM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the U.S., accounting for approximately 25% of all deaths. Fortunately, many of the factors that contribute to heart disease are within your control. You can lower your risk by following these five tips. 

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Topics: health tips

Am I at Risk for Heart Disease?

Feb 11, 2020 3:36:40 PM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for one in four deaths1. Last year, the American Heart Association reported that a staggering 48% of Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease2, which includes coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, and high blood pressure. Many factors influence your individual risk, and you can reduce or eliminate some, but not all, of these risk factors by adopting healthy behaviors.

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Topics: health tips, CT cardiac calcium scoring

November Is National Family Caregivers Month!

Nov 18, 2019 10:50:00 AM

Posted by Iowa Radiology

Since 1997, November has been recognized in the U.S. as National Family Caregivers Month. At this time each year, we honor the everyday heroism of the more than 40 million Americans who serve this role. The AARP Public Policy Institute determined that that in 2013, family caregivers provided 37 billion hours of care to adults who needed help with everyday activities, estimating the economic value of this work at $470 billion.[1]

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Topics: health tips

Fibrocystic Changes in the Breast

Mar 25, 2019 12:29:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Although it’s important to be aware of changes in your body—particularly if they may indicate cancer—it’s also important to realize that our bodies go through plenty of normal, healthy changes throughout our lives. For women, these often include changes in breast shape and texture.

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Topics: health tips, breast biopsy, mammography

What Should I Know About Breast Health?

Feb 9, 2019 5:01:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

Because 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, it’s important to understand the basics about breast health. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S., claiming more than 40,000 lives annually. Although genetics can play a role in the development of breast cancer, approximately 85% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have no known family history of the illness. Here’s what you should know to protect yourself. 

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Topics: cancer, health tips

What Is a Fibroadenoma, and How Does It Affect My Health?

Dec 10, 2018 12:55:00 PM

Posted by Diane Campbell

What are fibroadenomas?

Fibroadenomas are the most common type of breast mass. They are benign and typically affect women in their 20s and 30s but can be found at any age. Juvenile fibroadenomas are the most common type of breast lump found in girls aged 10–18.

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Topics: health tips

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