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Beginning at the age of 50, both men and women should receive a colonoscopy to screen for polyps and colon cancer. Colon and rectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and it most often occurs in people over the age of 50. When colon cancer is found early it can be treated and often cured, however it is usually not found early and therefore is the second leading course of cancer deaths in the United States. A colonoscopy screening can detect early colon cancer and is recommended even if you have no symptoms and no family history of colon cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that you have a screening colonoscopy beginning at age 50 and if you have a family history of colon cancer you may need to be screened earlier starting at the age of 40. Please feel free to talk to your primary health care provider about colonoscopies and other preventative screenings at your next appointment.
That’s a great question and one we hear a lot. Let me give you a few guidelines to go by. If at any time you are feeling the symptoms of a heart attack, stroke, or feel like life or limb are in danger go to the nearest ER or call 911.
Here are some additional warning signs and conditions that may also warrant a trip to the ER:
• Chest pain or pressure
• Uncontrolled bleeding
• Sudden or severe pain
• Coughing/vomiting blood
• Severe allergic reaction
• Difficulty breathing
• Sudden dizziness/weakness
• Severe persistent vomiting /diarrhea >48 hours
• Changes in mental status, confusion that is sudden
Here is some potential non-life threatening conditions that should you choose could potentially wait until the clinic opens.
• Minor cuts requiring stitches
• Simple fractures
• Minor Eye injuries
• Flu symptoms
• Insect bites
While some illnesses make us uncomfortable and downright miserable, they are not life threatening. We are always here to help the residents of Lost River and beyond, but just be mindful of what a true emergency is; and what can wait until the morning. And as always, if you are just unsure what to do, don’t hesitate to come it. We will be glad to help you on your way to recovery and better health.
Follow these sun-safety tips year-round to help prevent serious skin damage and possible skin cancer later!
- Remember UV rays bounce off water, concrete, snow and sand.
- Wear clothing that’s dark & tightly woven
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat & sunglasses.
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher when outdoors.
- For children, the SSA recommends sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher.
- Apply sunscreen before going outdoors and reapply often.
- Reapply sunscreen after swimming, perspiring, and toweling off.
- Keep very young children (6 months or less) out of the sun.
- Wear wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
- Keep in mind the sun is strongest between 10am and 4pm
- And remember to stay in the shade whenever possible!
April is National Stress month; try a few of these tips to help you live your life stress free.
- Enjoy a hobby
- Believe in yourself
- Get plenty of sleep
- Read a book
- Visualize a relaxing scene
- Laugh at yourself
- Learn to say “NO”
- Be silly
- Watch a funny movie
- Take it one day at a time
- Play with a pet
- Eat a good breakfast
- Cry if necessary
- See problems as opportunities
- Savor meals
- Forgive and forget
- Soak in the tub
- Set limits
- Buy yourself flowers
- Don’t procrastinate
- Celebrate life
- Simplify your life
- Take a vacation
- Love others
- Watch clouds go by
- Count your blessings
- Listen to soothing music
Dear 50+ with chest pain,
To answer your question it is important to note that chest pain which is: pain, pressure, tightness burning or other discomforts, can be an indicator of a potential serious cardiac or cardiovascular disorder. There are many areas that pain may originate from, such as the skin, ribs, intercostal muscles, pleura, esophagus, heart, aorta, diaphragm or thoracic vertebrae. Therefore, it is important to have chest pain evaluated by a primary healthcare provider to determine the source of the chest pain.
The New Year is here and it’s not too late to vaccinate for the flu. Did you know that flu season starts in the fall and peaks in January and February? However, the flu season lasts until April. Everyone age 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine.
Throughout the U.S. the incidence of influenza, a.k.a. the flu, has increased. The number of hospitalizations from the flu has also increased, with six pediatric deaths this season and the season is not over.
Symptoms of the flu include: a 1000 F or higher fever, a cough and/or sore throat; a runny/stuffy nose; headaches and body aches, chills; fatigue and nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. It can be hard to distinguish between the common cold and the flu, but a simple test done by your health care provider can determine whether or not you have the flu. Generally, the flu is worse than the common cold, with symptoms that are more intense. If you have these symptoms you should see your medical provider as soon as possible for testing. There are antiviral medications that can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. However, antiviral medications work best when started within the first two days of getting sick.
Other treatment options at home for the flu are to get plenty of rest, drink plenty of clear fluids, use a humidifier and cover up with a warm blanket to help with the chills.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated against the flu. Lost Rivers Medical Center offers the flu vaccination for $20. Stop in and get vaccinated if you have not and get your children vaccinated as well.
Best regards for the New Year, Michelle Pehrson FNP-C
Diabetes affects many parts of your body, especially your feet. Over time, elevated blood sugar can impair your immune response and blood flow, leaving your lower extremities extremely vulnerable to infection.
What happens in the foot, doesn’t always stay in the foot!
You can’t afford to risk the potentially devastating effects of a fast-spreading infection.
If you don’t take care of your feet, you can end up with a sever ulceration- the primary factor leading to lower-extremity apmputations.
Get Back on Your “Own Two Feet”
Contact us if you or a loved one notices any tingling, redness, skin discoloration, coldness or swelling of the feet, or if you have a blister, sore, or cut that isn’t healing.
By: Dr. Timothy G. Tomlinson, D.P.M
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