3 Ways to be Proactive about Preventative Care

October 27th, 2016
1. Know your body. Breast self-exams are one of the easiest ways to practicewoman hands above breast shutterstock_300025802 cropped preventative care. If you’re 20 or older, you should make breast self-exams part of your monthly routine, and contact your health care provider if you
see or feel:

A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
A change in the size or shape of the breast
A change in the color or feel of the skin of the breast, areola or nipple
Nipple discharge, erosion, inversion or tenderness

2. Schedule screenings. Self-exams are helpful, but if you’re between 20 and 39,calendar with 21 circled shutterstock_125348792 cropped you should schedule a clinical breast exam with your health care provider every three years. After 40, you should have one every year.
3. Rely on imaging. Mammography is the most xray held up shutterstock_292061510 croppedeffective detection method because it can spot problems before warning signs occur. Have a conversation with your health professional about when and how often to get mammograms.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Breast Health

October 25th, 2016

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1. Are you up on your family history?

Some genes are linked to breast cancer. Chat with close relatives and get to know their health history so that your health care provider knows what to watch for.

2. Did you start early or late?

Women whose periods started before age 12 or who began menopause after age 55 are slightly more likely to get diagnosed.

3. When should you be concerned?

Breast cancer is more common in women over the age of 40, but younger women and men should be aware of the symptoms.

4. How can you lessen your chances?

Cancer is not completely predictable, but there are some choices you can make to live the healthiest life possible such as exercising routinely and maintaining a healthy weight.

5. But is it really a big deal?

This year alone, 231,840 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.

Making Breakfast a Priority

September 27th, 2016

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By Ashley Evans, Clinical Dietitian Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County


Millions of Americans regularly skip breakfast for many reasons. Some of those reasons include wanting to lose weight or oversleeping. But according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, eating breakfast helps with brain function, attention span, concentration, and memory. Eating breakfast can reduce irritability and tiredness. It also helps prevent overeating later in the day. Read the rest of this story »