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Know the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer

Testicular cancer affects one in 263 men in their lifetimes, and the risk of dying of the disease is one in 5,000. The low death rates for this kind of cancer are largely thanks to early detection. Performing monthly self-exams plays a central role in early detection of the disease, as does being aware of the symptoms. If you are concerned that you could have the symptoms of testicular cancer, request a physician referral for an exam as soon as possible. Here is a look at some of the potential signs of this disease.

Lumps

Frequently, men who have testicular cancer are diagnosed after finding a lump in or on a testicle. In most cases these lumps are painless, though occasionally, they can be tender. If you discover a lump, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have testicular cancer, but it does mean that it should be evaluated by a physician. Your physician may order a biopsy of the lump to see if it contains cancerous tissue.

Breast Enlargement

Testicular cancer may in some cases affect hormone levels and cause a decrease in testosterone or an increase in hormones that cause breast tissue to grow. When this occurs, it may cause men to develop breasts or to experience soreness in the area of the breast. Young boys who have testicular cancer may also have a hormonal imbalance that leads to early puberty. These hormonal effects are rare, but if you notice these symptoms, your physician should determine the cause.

Pain

In most cases, testicular cancer is painless, but some men experience aching pains in their lower backs, abdomens and groins. Men with testicular cancer sometimes describe a heavy, full feeling in their scrotums that can also indicate a tumor.

At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, we offer comprehensive cancer treatments and a dedicated unit for cancer patients. To learn more about oncology services at our hospital in Las Vegas or to request a physician referral, please call (702) 233-5300.


How exercise can help you manage unhealthy stress

How exercise can help you manage unhealthy stress

Because stress is unavoidable in life, most people don’t think of it as a medical emergency. However, chronic stress can lead to a long list of medical issues, including heart disease, stroke and depression. Fortunately, exercise can be an effective way to manage stress and reduce your risk of medical complications. Here is what you need to know.

What are the effects of chronic stress?

Chronic stress leaves your body suspended in a constant state of fight or flight. The surge in hormones associated with chronic stress has many effects. It can cause your heart to consistently beat harder than is healthy, leading to damage, heart disease and even a heart attack. It can also interfere with your ability to sleep, which can lead to weight gain, depression and an increased risk of accident injuries.

Stress can also increase your appetite and trigger cravings for comfort foods as well as the desire to drink excessively, smoke and use drugs. These unhealthy habits can further exacerbate the effects of stress.

How can exercise help?

When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins reduce both physical and emotional stress and create a feeling of relief. With the endorphins active in your brain, your stress levels will fall, which in turn reduces the risk of negative health impacts.

Endorphins also help to battle insomnia, so you can get restorative sleep that will further help your stress levels. Although regular exercise is most beneficial for long-term stress management, as little as five minutes of exercise can help to reduce stress levels.

Don’t let stress trigger dangerous health problems for you. If you’re living with chronic stress, contact Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center for a physician referral in Las Vegas. We can match you with a caring physician who can help you conquer stress and its side effects. To reach our hospital, please call (702) 233-5300.


Prevent injuries as you get active this spring

When spring weather beckons you to get outside and get active, the last thing you want is a trip to the emergency room for treatment of an injury that could leave you sidelined until the fall. With just a few simple steps, you can keep injuries at bay while still enjoying the activities you love. Reduce your risk of a springtime sports injury with these tips.

Warm up before you begin

As Fred Redfern, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, discusses in this video, warming up before you begin any physical activity is crucial in preventing injuries.

When you warm up, you stretch your muscles slowly and get your blood pumping so that it is not such a shock to your system when you begin more rigorous activity. If you fail to warm up and jump right into activity, you have a higher risk of pulling or tearing a muscle, tendon or ligament.

Increase your conditioning slowly

If you have spent most of the winter on the couch, don’t expect to jump into a physically demanding activity right away. Slowly increase your fitness levels as you start a new activity regime. If your physical conditioning is not advanced enough for the activity you’re attempting, your body may be too fatigued to maintain proper form, which could lead to an injury.

Use the appropriate safety gear

Never participate in any physical activity without the necessary safety gear. From helmets to face masks and shin guards, safety equipment protects you from broken bones, concussions, broken teeth and eye injuries, which all require emergency care. Make sure your safety gear fits you correctly, and replace it if it becomes worn or damaged.

If an injury does occur, the emergency care team in Las Vegas at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is on standby to provide urgent treatment so you can get back in the game fast. Learn more about our ER or get a referral to a physician by calling (702) 233-5300.


How Pets Can Increase Your Risk of Falls

Pets bring joy and unconditional love to everyday life, but are they safe for high-risk patients? Every year, emergency care physicians treat thousands of patients for fall-related injuries caused by pets. Seniors are at a high risk of falls because of impaired balance, coordination, reaction time, and vision. Additionally, having osteoporosis can turn a simple fall into a long-term disability. Yet, for many people, the emotional health benefits of companion animals outweigh the risks. Here at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, our emergency care physicians encourage seniors in Las Vegas to take preventive steps to improve safety around pets.

Seeing a Pet Trainer

Dogs may inadvertently cause falls during their daily walks. Consider taking your dog to a professional trainer to teach him or her to learn to walk beside you, rather than in front of you. Dogs should also be taught not to pull at the leash and not to jump up on people to greet them.

Walking Your Dog

Some dogs may resist obedience training. For some people who are at a high risk of fractures, it may be wise to hire a dog walker. If you do walk your dog yourself, be aware of potential hazards that may lead to a fall, such as dizziness and heat-related illnesses. Certain medications can cause dizziness and seniors are at a particularly high risk of heat-related illnesses, which can cause fainting.

Minimizing Pet-Related Clutter

Inside the home, pets can indirectly contribute to falls. A cat or dog may scatter toys around the home or nudge the food bowl out of its designated area. These objects are tripping hazards. You can reduce the risk of tripping and falling by keeping the home well-lit and minimizing the number of toys available to your pets.

Adding Collar Accessories

In many cases, people have required emergency care after tripping over their pets. Consider attaching a small bell to your pet’s collar. The motion-activated sound will let you know if your furry friend is nearby.

If you or a loved one sustains serious injuries from a fall, please call 911 right away for emergency care. General questions about the medical services available at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center may be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300. Our hospital staff in Las Vegas is committed to empowering patients with the resources and information they need to live life well.


Teaching Your Child to Dial 9-1-1

Every American adult knows that emergency care is just a phone call away, but what happens if the only adult in the area is incapacitated or a child is alone? It’s important that all children are taught the basics of handling emergency situations. The emergency care physicians at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center recommend that children be introduced to the concept of calling 911 as soon as they are developmentally able to understand it. For some children, this may be as early as three years of age, or as late as four or five.

Recognizing Emergencies and Non-Emergencies

Countless calls to 911 are for non-emergencies. You can begin teaching your child about handling emergencies by helping him or her to understand what constitutes an emergency. Lost toys and skinned knees are situations that call for a parent’s intervention, not emergency care. House fires, unconscious and non-responsive adults, drowning, severe bleeding, and choking are situations that require an emergency response. Be sure to tell your child that if he or she isn’t sure if something is an emergency, it’s best to call 911 just in case.

Practicing Emergency Responses

Discussing the act of dialing 911 isn’t always sufficient to empower children to act when necessary. Ask your child questions such as, “What should you do if you see a fire in the kitchen?” and “Is it an emergency if your sister won’t share her toy?” Then, practice dialing 911 using a toy phone or a disconnected landline phone. If your child is still working on number recognition, spell out 911 in large letters and post it by the phone.

Identifying Age-Appropriate Skills

Emergency care physicians can save lives, but sometimes children can, too. Depending on your child’s maturity level, you can teach him or her how to apply pressure to a bleeding wound and perform hands-only CPR. Let your child know that if someone is drowning, your child can throw that person a flotation device and call 911, but he or she should not go into the water. Elementary-age children can even be taught how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Emergency care physicians are available around the clock, every day of the year at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Families in the greater Las Vegas area have been placing their trust in our hospital for nearly 60 years. All medical emergencies should be directed to a 911 dispatcher, but non-emergent, general healthcare questions may be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.


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