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    What Women Should Know for Cervical Health Awareness Month

    Last updated 6 months ago

    While cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for women in the United States, it is now responsible for fewer than 5,000 deaths each year because of early diagnoses and more advanced treatment options. Still, this number could be lower if more women followed prevention and screening guidelines that have contributed to the sharp decline in cervical cancer deaths over the past four decades. During Cervical Health Awareness Month in January, be sure to share these important facts with the special women in your life so they know when to get screened.

    HPV is the Primary Cause of Cervical Cancer

    HPV is a very common sexually transmitted infection that has many different strains, most of which do not have distinctive symptoms. Certain strains of the virus are the leading cause of cervical cancer, but these can be avoided with the HPV vaccine. This vaccine is ideally administered before a woman becomes sexually active, but it may be given any time before the age of 26.

    Healthy Women Should Have Screenings Every Three Years

    Cervical cancer screening through Pap testing will identify abnormalities in the cells of the cervix before cancer is able to progress beyond its earliest stages. Older screening guidelines recommended Pap tests every year, but women who have normal results on their first screening can limit testing to once every three years. After the age of 30, women may consider to have HPV tests along with the Pap test.

    Women Still Need Screening After Menopause

    There is a misconception that post-menopausal women should not be screened for cervical cancer, but screening should typically continue until a woman is about 65 years old. You should always discuss your need for cancer screening with your doctor to be sure that you can safely discontinue Pap tests.

    For preventive cancer screenings and superior oncologic care in Las Vegas, you can trust the Cancer Care Center of MountainView Hospital. To discover the screening and treatment technologies we utilize in our facilities, visit our website or call (702) 233-5474. 

    Making Healthier Choices for Kids

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Balancing your own health with the health of your children can be a challenge, but it is important to make the right choices for your kids so they can grow up making healthier decisions. This video explores some of the programs from the American Heart Association that can support your family’s health and make healthier options easier to choose. From tips for healthy cooking to research in congenital heart defects, the AHA strives to help parents empower their children to get healthy for life.

    With MountainView Hospital on your side, you can make even more of the resources available from the AHA by asking questions, following our preventive health programs, and attending our free classes and events in Las Vegas. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare line at (702) 233-5300 to begin making better decisions for your whole family’s health. 

    How Are Clinical Trials Playing an Important Role in Modern Healthcare?

    Last updated 7 months ago

    When patients are diagnosed with conditions like cancer or heart disease, they may not always benefit from existing treatment options. In these situations, clinical trials that explore new treatments may offer new hope for patients.

    As you will learn in this video, clinical trials are integral to the advancement of medical science, because they allow physicians to see if treatments really will work on a larger scale. Laboratory tests can create hypotheses, but there is no way to know if treatments will succeed until they pass clinical trials.

    If you are exploring your treatment options for a serious health condition, MountainView Hospital can help you determine if you are a candidate for clinical trials that may advance treatment for future patients. Learn more about the services offered within our hospital on our website or at (702) 233-5300. 

    What Is a Craniotomy?

    Last updated 7 months ago

    When a brain tumor or damage resulting from head trauma is in an area accessible through surgery, a craniotomy may be used to allow access to the brain tissue for the removal of tumors, relief of pressure in the skull, or excision of blood clots. During the craniotomy, the skull is actually opened, creating a flap that is replaced after the surgery is complete. In some cases, patients may be awakened after the opening is made depending on the nature of the surgery. Because the craniotomy does involve the opening of the skull, it will require a hospital stay following the procedure to control any post-surgical risks.

    MountainView Hospital now offers craniotomy procedures in addition to our other neurology and neurosurgery services to meet the growing needs of the Las Vegas community. You can get to know our Neurology and Neurosurgery department on our website or call us directly at (702) 233-5300. 

    Why Should You Attend Childbirth Classes?

    Last updated 7 months ago

    First-time parents are often eager to take childbirth classes to learn what they can expect during labor and delivery and prepare for the first few months of newborn care. However, childbirth classes may be beneficial for experienced parents as well.

    If, for example, you want to use a different birthing method than you did with your first child, a childbirth class might be the perfect way to get introduced to this new approach. You might also be exposed to new technologies that have become available since your last delivery. Breastfeeding classes also fall into the category of childbirth classes, and this type of education might be beneficial for moms who had nursing difficulties the first time around.

    At MountainView Hospital, we offer a wide range of childbirth classes and tours for any expecting parents planning to deliver with us. For a look at the great reasons to choose us for your labor and delivery, visit our website or call us at (702) 233-5300. 

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