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On average, men tend to die younger and encounter more health problems at an earlier age, which is why it is increasingly important for fathers to receive regular health screenings after the age of 40 to ensure that they are there for their loved ones in the future. If you haven’t kept up on regular screening guidelines in a while, then Men’s Health Month this June is the perfect time to consult with your family doctor about your medical history.
Preventative health checkups are often ignored, but they can help identify the early warning signs of potentially serious health conditions and provide doctors with a more reliable medical history for future diagnoses. The NIH recommends preventative screenings every two years until age 50, and every year afterward.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., and high blood pressure is a major risk factor. However, high blood pressure doesn’t show any symptoms, which is why it’s essential to receive regular heart screenings at least every two years, or more often if you have a history of heart disease or other health conditions. Healthy blood pressure readings should be around 120/80 or slightly lower.
Age is one of the most significant risk factors for the most common types of cancer in men, but other risk factors such as smoking, obesity, family history, and ethnicity can also influence your individual cancer risk. Your doctor will be able to provide a customized cancer screening schedule based on your medical history, but at the very least regular screenings for colorectal cancer should be performed annually after age 50.
To schedule an appointment with an experienced medical professional here at MountainView Hospital, contact us online or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 today. As an award-winning and nationally recognized hospital, we maintain the highest standard of medical care with state-of-the-art facilities and individualized attention to patient needs.
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MountainView Hospital has launched a Lung Cancer Screening Program for high-risk individuals to detect lung cancer earlier, allowing early intervention for patients.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death for men and women in the United States. Each year, there are about 228,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. In Las Vegas, the statistics are even more astounding. Yearly, there are at least 1,300 lung cancer deaths in Nevada, more than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.
In Nevada, lung cancer affects women more than men, and has been determined as the No. 1 cancer problem among women in the state, according to a 2012 report issued by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Each year, more than 850 new cases are diagnosed in Nevada women, while there are more than 620 deaths related to lung cancer in Nevada women each year.
“Lung cancer is a serious health issue in our state,” said Dr. Arnold Chung, a cardiothoracic surgeon who underwent fellowship training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer. “Unfortunately because of the late onset of symptoms when someone has lung cancer, patients are often diagnosed in later stages, when medical intervention is less likely to provide benefit.”
MountainView Hospitals’ Lung Cancer Screening is performed by Red Rock Radiology, a department of MountainView Hospital. Patients determined to be at high risk by their physician can be referred to receive a low-dose CT scan. The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) found 20 percent fewer lung cancer deaths in participants screened with a low-dose CT scan versus those screened with a chest X-ray. It is important for each person who is considering having a screening scan to know that these exams may not detect all lung cancers.
“At MountainView, we are proud to offer programs that clinically differentiate us from other hospitals,” said Will Wagnon, CEO. “Lung cancer is known as the silent killer. We hope to begin changing that nomenclature with an accessible and affordable, early screening diagnostic test.”
Someone is considered high risk for lung cancer if the following statements describe them:
At least 50 years old
A current smoker or a former smoker who has had significant exposure to cigarette smoke. For example, you have smoked at least 10 or more cigarettes a day for at least 20 years
No current serious respiratory symptoms
MountainView Hospital’s Lung Cancer Program treats patients with lung cancer using a proactive, multidisciplinary team approach. Our doctors use the most advanced diagnostic, surgical and nonsurgical therapies available.
To learn more about MountainView’s Lung Cancer Screening Program, including an infographic of lung cancer facts, please visit: http://mountainview-hospital.com/service/imaging-lung-cancer-screening or call (702) 240-2963.
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MountainView Hospital recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes MountainView Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment for at least 24 months according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award addresses the important element of time,” said Antoinette Pretto-Sparkul, Vice President of Quality at MountainView Hospital.
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Cancer screening is an important part of the healthcare process, because it significantly improves outcomes for all types of cancer treatment when it is used effectively. Lung cancer screening is one of many tests you might consider to prevent the fatal threat of cancer in your life, but it is not necessary for everyone. Below is a look at some of the reasons your doctor might suggest this screening as part of your next annual checkup.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking is responsible for 90% of lung cancer cases in the United States. The risk is directly related to the amount you smoke, so if you smoke one pack of cigarettes a day, your risk is higher than that of a smoker who smokes one pack over two days. Secondhand smoke is also a significant risk factor, and it accounts for about 3,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. every year.
You are over 55
Lung cancer is not typically seen in younger individuals, so screening will not become necessary until you are 55 or older. It is only in rare cases where a family history of early onset lung cancer is present that screening is performed for younger adults.
You work in a harmful environment
Environmental toxins such as asbestos and radon gas can cause lung cancer. These are generally present in workplaces, but they can also be found in the home. If you have worked or lived in a space where radon or asbestos was present, you should inform your doctor of this exposure.
At Mountain View Hospital, we are proud to offer our brand new lung cancer screenings with the most advanced method available today, CT Scans. You can schedule an appointment for this low-risk screening procedure by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (702) 233-5474. For more on the cancer care services at our facilities and within the Sunrise Health System of Las Vegas, visit us at our website.
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What: Community Lecture: Pelvic Pain. Learn about a Quicker Recovery with Robotic Surgery.
Join guest physician, Saovaros V. Michaels, M.D., FACOG (Fellow of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) and learn about robotic-assisted surgery and how this technique can result in a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery and return to normal activities. Topics covered include pelvic pain and using robotic surgery to preserve fertility in younger women.
This event is FREE. Light refreshments will be served.
When: Thursday, May 16, 6 to 7 p.m.
Where: MountainView Hospital Medical Office Building
3150 N. Tenaya Way, Ste. 114 (H2U Office)
Las Vegas, NV 89128
Seating is limited, to RSVP call: (702) 233-5474. For more information, visit us online.