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    What All Women Should Know about Breast Cancer

    Last updated 9 months ago

    After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer among women in the United States. In addition, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. However, more and more women are now surviving the disease. At MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, we help women face breast cancer with screening tests at our Red Rock Radiology unit and compassionate care in our Cancer Center. Educating yourself about breast cancer can help you take control of your health. Here are some facts every woman needs to know.

    Risk Factors

    Your risk factors for breast cancer can be divided into two categories: risks you can change and risks you can’t. Some risk factors for breast cancer that are in your control include obesity, lack of physical activity, and the use hormone-based medications, including birth control and hormone therapy. Risk factors you can’t change include family history of breast cancer, age, and race. Breast cancer is most common in women over age 55 and in Caucasian women. However, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer.


    Breast cancer is usually diagnosed after a lump is discovered during a self-exam or during a mammogram at a hospital. It’s important to follow your doctor’s suggestions for cancer screenings, as early diagnosis of breast cancer usually means treatment is less invasive and more effective.

    Treatment Options

    There are many different ways breast cancer can be treated, and accordingly, many women survive this disease. Potential treatments include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone treatments. Your doctor will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for the size, type, and location of your cancer.

    The Cancer Care department at MountainView Hospital is a dedicated, 24-bed unit with case managers on hand to see you through your entire cancer treatment process. For a referral to a physician or for more information, please call us at (702) 233-5474. Don’t forget to ask about our other services, including stroke care, emergency care, and our heart hospital services. 

    Liver Cancer Prevention Guidelines

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Liver cancer is the fourth most common kind of cancer around the world and is the third leading cause of cancer death internationally. In the U.S., liver cancer tends to be less common than it is in the rest of the world. However, the number of cases in the U.S. has been rising in recent years, particularly in white, black, and Hispanic men over age 40. At MountainView Hospital, our Cancer Care department offers a range of liver cancer treatment options, but as with all cancers, taking steps to prevent the disease is important. Here is a look at some of the risk factors for liver cancer and what you can do to decrease your chances of getting it.

    Control Alcohol Intake

    Chronic alcoholism can cause a disease called cirrhosis. In people with cirrhosis, healthy liver tissue turns into scar tissue. This scar tissue interferes with blood flow in the liver, compromising the organ’s ability to function properly. Having cirrhosis increases your chances of getting liver cancer. If you choose to drink, talk to your doctor about what a healthy consumption level is. If you are concerned that you are drinking excessively, your doctor can help you get the support you need to quit.

    Get the Hepatitis B Vaccine

    Having chronic hepatitis B increases your chances of getting liver cancer. The longer your hepatitis is left uncontrolled, the more your risk of developing liver cancer increases. Getting the hepatitis B vaccine will protect you from this disease.

    Avoid Risky Behavior

    Hepatitis B and C can both be transmitted during unprotected sexual activity. Both of these conditions can increase your chances of getting liver cancer, so avoiding unprotected sex can help you decrease your liver cancer risk.

    Our oncology experts at MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas help patients facing all different types of cancer to develop a plan for fighting the disease. In addition to cancer care, our Las Vegas hospital is home to a full range of care options, including bariatric surgery, emergency care, and stroke care. Get answers to your questions about our hospital by calling (702) 233-5474. 

    Mammogram Guidelines for All Women

    Last updated 9 months ago

    One of the most important things women can do for their health is to have regular mammograms. A mammogram can show a tumor in the breast before it can be felt during a self-exam, and early detection is one of the key factors for successfully battling cancer. Watch this video to learn more.

    The American Cancer Society recommends that women over age 40 have yearly mammograms. If you have certain breast cancer risk factors, such as a family history of the illness, your doctor may recommend that you start screenings earlier or have them more regularly.

    MountainView Hospital is pleased to help in the fight against breast cancer by offering $75 screening mammograms to the uninsured in our Las Vegas community during October and November. You can find out more about our hospital, including our emergency care services, by calling (702) 233-5474. 

    How to Keep Your Child Healthy During the School Year

    Last updated 9 months ago

    The recent enterovirus outbreak is one more reminder of the way illness and school often go hand-in-hand. In the close environments of classrooms and with some less-than-perfect hygiene, school can be a hotbed of health risks for kids. The good news is that your child can stay healthy this year with a few simple tricks and a little help from you. In honor of Children's Health Month, here are some tips for keeping your child out of the hospital and in the classroom this school year.

    Schedule a Flu Shot

    Scheduling a flu shot is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your child healthy. For children, the flu can be especially dangerous. Many kids who have the flu may end up needing emergency care for complications. Arrange for your child to get the flu shot early in the season and be sure to follow your doctor’s vaccination schedule closely. Some children require two cycles of the flu shot that are spaced apart at specific intervals to achieve immunity. Follow these guidelines to ensure your child has the right level of protection.

    Teach the Importance of Clean Hands

    The reason why children are so susceptible to illness during the school year is simple—when they are out of your sight, they often don’t wash their hands. Talk to your child’s teachers about the classroom policy for washing hands throughout the day, and work together with the school to ensure that hands are washed after using the restroom and before eating. Make hand washing a habit in your home and encourage your child to keep up the routine at school.

    Keep Sick Children at Home

    Missing school might mean a lot of make-up work, but sick children should always stay at home. Not only do sick children need the rest for their own health, but keeping them at home helps to prevent the spread of germs at school. Commit to using sick days wisely and encourage other parents to do the same.

    When your family members need care, trust MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. We offer emergency care, robotic and bariatric surgery, a heart hospital, and a comprehensive range of other services. Learn more by calling (702) 233-5474. 

    Breast Cancer During Pregnancy: What Are the Treatment Options?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Dealing with breast cancer during what is supposed to be one of the most joyful times of your life is never easy. However, there are ways to treat your breast cancer without risking the health of your unborn baby. By working closely with your hospital’s cancer care team and your OBGYN, you can create a safe and effective treatment plan. If you’re facing both breast cancer and pregnancy at the same time, ask your physician to refer you to the oncology department at MountainView Hospital for care. Consider this basic information about breast cancer during pregnancy and your care options.

    Basic Facts about Breast Cancer and Pregnancy

    Breast cancer occurs during one in 3,000 pregnancies, primarily in women between the ages of 32 and 38. Most diagnostic tests for cancer, including mammograms, are safe for most pregnant women. However, it’s possible for these tests not to show cancer that is present in pregnant women because of the ways the breasts change during pregnancy. For this reason, breast cancer is often diagnosed in later stages in pregnant women, which is why it’s so important to pay attention to your breast health during pregnancy and report any changes to your doctor right away.

    Breast Cancer Treatment During Pregnancy

    To treat breast cancer during pregnancy, doctors consider both the stage of the cancer and the age of the fetus. Surgery to remove the breast cancer can be performed safely throughout pregnancy for most women. Chemotherapy can be used for pregnant women once the pregnancy is past the three-month point. After that, it is rarely harmful to the baby, but can cause premature labor and low birth weight. Radiation is not usually used for women with stage I or stage II breast cancer, but may be recommended for women with later-stage cancers once they are past the third month of pregnancy.

    The Cancer Center at MountainView Hospital can help you make the right choices as you face breast cancer during pregnancy. Our Las Vegas hospital provides a range of health services for our community, including stroke care, a heart hospital, and robotic surgery. Get more information by calling (702) 233-5474.

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