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Is Genetic Breast Cancer Screening Right for You?

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Cancer researchers have identified many factors that may increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Some of these risk factors are modifiable through lifestyle changes, such as making the choice to limit alcohol consumption. Other risk factors, such as a genetic predisposition, aren’t considered to be controllable. Women in the Las Vegas area who are considering genetic testing for breast cancer may wish to speak with a physician at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Understanding BRCA1 and BRCA2

BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes that are responsible for manufacturing tumor suppressor proteins. Sometimes, a gene can have a mutation. If a mutation affects one of these genes, they may no longer be able to make tumor suppressor proteins properly. The mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes can be inherited from the mother or the father. As you’ll learn when you watch this featured video, the risk of developing breast cancer increases substantially in people who have one of these gene mutations. The Ob/Gyn featured here explains that these genetic mutations can also increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Some women who have these genetic mutations decide to have a preventive mastectomy or preventive hysterectomy.

Defining Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is available from your local hospital. All that’s required is a sample of your blood or saliva. The sample is analyzed in a laboratory for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

Making a Decision

Not everyone is a good candidate for genetic testing because the gene mutations are not common in the general population. To decide whether it might be right for you, you could consider discussing it with your physician. Generally, this genetic test is recommended for women who have a family history of breast, ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer. BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing may also be recommended for women diagnosed with breast cancer prior to age 50.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, you can receive the highest level of patient care at the Cancer Care program at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Our community hospital in Las Vegas offers the latest in cutting-edge treatment modalities and exceptional patient amenities to improve your comfort level. To request a physician referral, you can call our hospital at (702) 233-5300.


Food Safety Awareness for Cookouts

Family picnics and cookouts are popular ways to celebrate with loved ones. If you’re planning a family get-together in the Las Vegas area, take a few minutes to consider the importance of food safety. Taking a few simple preventive steps now can help reduce the risk that a family member will require emergency care for a foodborne illness. In the event that someone does develop a serious illness, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center offers 24/7 emergency care.

Practice Cleanliness

It’s important to thoroughly scrub your hands with soap and water before handling food, but practicing cleanliness in the kitchen should go well beyond this basic precaution. Some people contract foodborne illnesses because of cross-contamination. This can occur if the same utensils that handled raw meats were then used to handle cooked foods. For example, if you bring raw burgers out to the grill on a platter and then use the same platter to hold the cooked burgers, the meat can become contaminated. To avoid cross-contamination, use different utensils and platters or wash them in between use.

Refrigerate Promptly

Another common cause of foodborne illnesses is the failure to maintain proper temperatures. Perishable foods, both cooked and uncooked, should be either served or refrigerated promptly to avoid spoilage. This is particularly important for foods such as deviled eggs and potato salad with mayonnaise.

Traveling Safely

If you’ll be bringing food to a gathering away from home, food safety is especially important. Bring either non-perishable items or keep perishable items consistently chilled. You can pack an insulated cooler with ice or frozen gel packs to prevent perishable food from spoiling.

If you or a loved one does develop signs of a foodborne illness, the emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is always available. Our community hospital in Las Vegas provides a full range of emergency care services, preventive wellness services, and chronic disease management services. Please direct requests for emergency care to a dispatcher at 911; non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services may be directed to our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300.


Raising Your Awareness of Prostate Cancer

Cancerous cells grow abnormally. Even though new cells are unnecessary, a cancerous cell continues to divide in an uncontrolled manner. Cancer cells inflict damage on tissues such as the prostate gland and can spread to other areas of the body. Because of the life-threatening nature of prostate cancer, it’s important for men to increase their awareness of this disease. Men who live in the Las Vegas area and have prostate cancer can turn to the comprehensive Cancer Care program at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Signs and Symptoms

When prostate cancer has just begun to develop, men aren’t likely to experience any signs or symptoms. As the cancer cells continue to divide and the tumor grows larger, men may experience unusual urinary issues. These can include frequent urination, nighttime urination, inability to urinate, hesitancy in starting to urinate, bloody urine, and pain or discomfort during urination. Prostate cancer can also result in erectile dysfunction, painful ejaculation, and bloody semen. Men may experience new or unexplainable back pain or bone pain. Sometimes, urinary or fecal incontinence can develop.

Risk Factors

One of the most significant risk factors of prostate cancer is a man’s age. The risk of developing this type of cancer begins to increase after the age of 50. Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer are over 65 years of age. It is also known that African-American men have a higher incidence rate of prostate cancer than Caucasian men. Veterans of the Vietnam War who had boots on the ground may have been exposed to Agent Orange, a carcinogenic herbicide. Exposure to Agent Orange is associated with prostate cancer, along with other serious health problems.

Screenings

Screening tests can check for health problems despite the absence of symptoms. Because the use of screening tests for prostate cancer is controversial, it’s recommended that men consider speaking with their physician about whether a screening test might be right for them. The screening test for prostate cancer measures a man’s level of protein-specific antigen (PSA).

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is committed to exceeding the expectations of oncology patients and their families. Our community hospital in Las Vegas features a comfortable adult inpatient oncology unit with private rooms, Patient Navigators, and a Cancer Resource Center to promote patient education. After a cancer diagnosis, you can call (702) 233-5300 to request a physician referral to our accredited Cancer Care program.


How to Prevent Common Injuries in the Back to School Season

From minor discomfort to sprains and broken bones, and orthopedic injury can substantially impact your child’s health and performance in school. After a lazy summer, it is common for kids to sustain injuries as they get back into the school routine, which might include carrying a heavy backpack or participating in afterschool sports. Below you’ll find some tips for avoiding injuries as school starts up, saving your family from a trip to the ER.

Stretch and Warm Up Before Rigorous Exercise

If your child is an athlete, training will be an important part of his or her routine. You can help your child train by encouraging stretching and proper warmups, which can reduce injuries like shin splints and pulled muscles. If your child has not gotten much exercise in the offseason over the summer, he or she should take it slow getting back into afterschool athletic programs.

Limit Backpack Loads

When kids carry heavy backpacks, they might be at a higher risk for conditions like scoliosis as well as acute injuries to the shoulders and spine. Be sure that your child’s backpack is no heavier than 15% of his or her total body weight, and find a supportive backpack with padded, wide straps. Adjust the straps to keep the pack close to your child’s body, which will help in balancing the weight that is being carried. Encourage your child to use his or her locker or keep unnecessary items at home so that the pack never gets too full.

Wear the Right Protective Gear

Whether on a bike ride, playing sports, or simply walking to school, kids should have the right protective gear and clothing for the task at hand. Supportive shoes will be essential for all activities kids might participate in, and a helmet should always be worn to protect your child’s head while biking, on a skateboard, or during contact sports.

For all the care you need to keep your family well in Las Vegas, you can count on Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. To reach one of our nurses for answers to your healthcare questions, give us a call today at (702) 233-5300.


Helping Your Teen Break the Habit of Texting and Driving

Teenage drivers see the highest rate of car accidents and fatalities behind the wheel because they are inexperienced and sometimes reckless on the road. Today, many teens are falling into the bad habit of texting and driving, which can actually be more dangerous than driving under the influence. When reading or sending a text, your teenager may have his or her eyes off the road for several seconds—enough time for a wide range of hazards to arise and pose a danger. While you may not always be in the car with your teen, you can encourage better habits by steering your young driver away from texting and driving.

Lead by example

Though they may not admit it, teenagers often mimic the habits of their parents. Therefore, you should always make a strong effort to drive safely without distractions. By choosing not to use the phone while you are driving, you are showing your teen how to drive safely and making sure that you are playing it safe on the road too.

Encourage your teen to speak up

Even if your son or daughter is in the habit of putting the phone down while driving, other teens might not be so cautious. Be sure that your teen knows some effective strategies for communicating with friends to keep them from texting and driving. A direct approach is often best, so let your teen know that it is okay to speak up when someone is driving dangerously.

Discuss the real dangers

An honest discussion about the possible impact of texting and driving is helpful to give your teen a clear picture of why this habit should be avoided. Remind your teenager that texting and driving is a leading cause of fatal car accidents, and that no text is worth the risk.

When car accidents do happen, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is there for your family with fast and reliable emergency care in the Las Vegas Valley. To learn more about our ER or get tips for your health and wellness, call (702) 233-5300 and speak to one of our registered nurses.


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