Creating a baby is no small feat. Many conditions, both in the woman and the man, have to be just right for pregnancy to occur. According to the Mayo Clinic, (www.mayoclinic.org), up to 15 percent of couples are infertile. They have not conceived a child even though they have had frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer. In up to half of these couples, male infertility is a significant factor.
Anyone who wishes to lose weight and keep it off has to face the grim truth that this goal will never be achieved without some hard work – exercise – and a change in eating habits. Exercise and nutrition are the key ingredients to long-
All women need to know about breast cancer because it can be very serious and potentially fatal. Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any other cancer except lung cancer. Experts estimate one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. But the good news is that death rates are going down. Patients diagnosed with breast cancer today often do much better than in previous years.
With summer vacation looming, parents and kids are getting ready for camp. Many camps require attendees to have a pre-
For most people, losing weight is a challenge that requires them to make lifestyle changes. They must focus on diet and exercise, reducing caloric intake while increasing physical activity. It is best to follow a low-
An ovarian cyst is a sac filled with fluid or semisolid material that forms on or within an ovary. These cysts are highly common, especially during the childbearing years. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ovarian cysts are less common after menopause; however, postmenopausal women who have an ovarian cyst are at higher risk for developing ovarian cancer. In most cases, cysts are harmless and typically go away on their own.
Have you made a resolution to take better care of yourself this year? Be sure to consider not only your physical health but your mental health as well. According to a new federal report from the Centers for Disease Control, people in the United States have made great progress in some health areas — for example, they get more exercise and fewer teens smoke cigarettes — but they have lagged behind in many others, particularly in the area of mental health.
You hear it all the time: “Before beginning any exercise program, see your doctor.”
It’s good advice, especially if you’ve been sedentary and are now determined to get back into shape. It is important to consult a physician about your current state of health so you can be aware of possible limitations or problems that could arise while you’re working out.
Breastfeeding is the best way to give your child a healthy start in life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says human milk provides the most complete form of nutrition for infants. It is more convenient than bottle feeding because the milk is always available at the right temperature, and there are no supplies to sterilize or formulas to mix. Breast milk substitutes such as formula are harder to digest, especially for premature infants since they have an immature gut.
According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), lung cancer is the third most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in the United States among both men and women. Each year, more people die from lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.
The most important risk factor for lung cancer is smoking.
People who have diabetes must be extra vigilant about their eyes. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults between the ages of 20 and 74, and 45 percent of patients with diabetes develop diabetic eye disease, which can lead to severe vision loss or even blindness, according to www.DiabetesSightRisk.com. One diabetic complication that affects the eyes is diabetic retinopathy, in which blood vessels become blocked and prevent areas of the retina....
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are often a winter inevitability. They are caused by the oral form of the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-
Hippocrates, the father of modern-
Too often we look for healing in medicine bottles. But perhaps it would be better if we looked elsewhere to the fruits and vegetables sections of our local grocery store.
There is good news about prostate cancer. It is one of the most common cancers men develop (the American Cancer Society says about one man in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime), but it is often treated successfully, especially when detected early, still confined to the prostate.
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All women need to know about breast cancer because it can be very serious and potentially fatal. Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any other cancer except lung cancer. Experts estimate one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. But the good news is that death rates are going down. Patients diagnosed with breast cancer today often do much better than in previous years. Breast cancers can be detected at smaller sizes and earlier stages than ever before, and early discovery can be important for having a better chance to cure the cancer.
As a family doctor, I often counsel women about mammogram screening as part of preventative care. I also do breast examinations to feel for any lumps that could potentially become cancer. There is some debate among medical professionals about the best times for mammograms. I typically suggest the American Academy of Family Physicians recommendations, but I certainly listen to patients and discuss whether a screening mammogram should be done. For women who are between ages 40-
based on the patient’s life expectancy and her goals for preventive care. Importantly, the main goal of the screening mammograms is to find and remove tiny cancers before they become large enough to feel or cause symptoms.
I often counsel patients about changes in the breast that might signify a cancer. If a patient notices a lump, changes in the size and/or shape of the breast, skin changes on the breast and/or a discharge from the nipple, further testing is often needed, including a diagnostic mammogram. This is different than a screening mammogram, in that the focus is on the abnormal area. A patient might also need a breast ultrasound and biopsy.
Many patients are worried about the discomfort associated with a mammogram. It is traditionally done by means of an X-
Many patients are also interested in what they can do to reduce their chances of getting breast cancer. Most cases of breast cancer seem to be random. However, some new research suggests healthy habits may reduce incidences of breast cancer. Drinking more than one serving of alcohol per day on a regular basis or cigarette smoking may increase the chances of breast cancer. Being obese may increase the risk of breast cancer while being physically fit through exercise may reduce risk. Though sometimes needed for other conditions, taking some estrogen-
Breast cancer is a normal concern for women because it is both common and serious. However, through the adoption of healthy habits, women may be able to reduce their chances of a breast cancer diagnosis. But even with the best of prevention plans, appropriate screening with mammograms to detect breast cancers at their smallest and earliest stages is critical for putting the odds in the patient’s favor. Discussing the appropriateness of a mammogram and other cancer screening tests for patients is an important part of annual health physicals.
Dr. Diana Hayslip is a native of Ohio. She moved to Kentucky from South Carolina with her family, joining Family Practice Associates of Lexington in 2007. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and sees both adults and children. Dr. Hayslip’s goal as your family physician is to “help you feel better and stay healthy.” You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Hayslip or any of the FPA providers by calling (859)278-