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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.
Healthy Sleep Tips:
- Stick to the same bedtime and wake up time, even on weekends. This helps regulate your body’s clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. Find a relaxing activity right before bedtime, like a nice warm bath!
- Naps during the day may help you but, if you can’t sleep at night you might want to eliminate those cat naps!
- Exercise daily. However, Exercising vigorously right before bed or within about three hours of your bedtime can actually make it harder to fall asleep
- Evaluate your room. Your bedroom should be free from distractions, noise and light. Keep your room cool- between 60-67
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress & pillow. Have comfortable pillows; make the room attractive and inviting for sleep.
- Use bright light to help manage your circadian rhythms. Avoid bright lights in the evening and seek sunlight in mornings
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine & heavy meals in the evening they can disrupt sleep. Finish eating 2-3 hours before bedtime.
- Wind down. Your body needs time to shift into sleep mode, so spend the last hour doing a calming activity like reading
- If you can’t sleep go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired. Keep your room for sleep not work
- If you’re still having trouble sleeping, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor. They are here to help you (208) 527-8206
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!