• Men’s Health Alert: Testicular Cancer Screening Guidelines

    Testicular cancer refers to cancer that begins in the testes, which are male sex glands that are responsible for producing male hormones and sperm. Testicular cancer is not among the most common types of cancer and it has a high rate of remission. However, it’s still advisable for men of all ages throughout Las Vegas to be aware of the potential signs of testicular cancer to facilitate early treatment. If you’re concerned about your cancer risk, consider talking to a doctor at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center about screening tests that may be appropriate for you.

    Screening Guidelines

    Screening guidelines are issued by different organizations and these guidelines may not always give the same advice. Since every man’s health status and concerns are unique, it may be a good idea to speak with a physician for personalized recommendations. Routine self-exams and regular doctor-provided screenings for testicular cancer are not currently recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). However, the American Cancer Society recommends that doctors perform a testicular exam on men ages 20 and older during their routine physicals.

    Signs and Symptoms

    Men are generally advised to see their doctors if they notice any abnormal changes in the testicles . Testicular cancer can cause enlargement or swelling of the testicle, perhaps accompanied by a painless lump. Men may experience achiness in the groin or lower abdomen, pain in the scrotum or testicle, or the sensation of heaviness in the scrotum. In its later stages, testicular cancer may cause lower back pain. Rarely, men may develop gynecomastia.

    Diagnostic Tests

    Health screenings are tests or exams that are performed despite the absence of symptoms. In contrast, diagnostic tests may be performed after symptoms have developed. Men who report possible symptoms of testicular cancer may be asked to have blood tests and imaging tests, which may be followed by a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.

    At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, residents of Las Vegas and the surrounding areas have access to a dedicated oncology unit with private rooms, a Cancer Resource Center, and American Cancer Society Patient Navigator. Our Cancer Care program is just one of the many specialty medical services you’ll find here; our hospital in Las Vegas also offers heart health services, stroke care, emergency care, and physician referrals to specialists. Call (702) 233-5300 to speak with a registered nurse about our hospital services.

  • Stress and Fertility

    To successfully achieve pregnancy , your body must complete a complex series of steps. There are many things that can go wrong with the process of egg maturation, release, fertilization, implantation, and other stages. If you have encountered fertility problems, consider visiting a community hospital for an evaluation. An Ob/Gyn at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, such as the doctor featured in this video, can look for the potential causes of infertility. If need be, you might also obtain a physician referral to a reproductive endocrinologist at our hospital.

    Understanding Physical and Emotional Stress

    More research is needed to determine what if any, effect psychological stress has on female infertility . It is thought that high levels of stress hormones might affect ovarian function. However, couples who are having trouble conceiving a child are generally advised to undergo medical tests and exams to try to pinpoint the most likely cause of the problem. It is known that excessive physical stress may affect a woman’s ability to conceive. Although regular exercise is healthy, training too intensely may adversely affect reproductive health.

    Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices

    It is possible for stress to indirectly affect one’s overall health. If you find yourself in a constant state of worry or anxiety, you may be more likely to make poor lifestyle choices. In turn, these choices may cause a decline in fertility. Some examples of unhealthy lifestyle habits include smoking and consuming alcohol. Additionally, women who are significantly overweight or underweight may have a harder time conceiving a child.

    Managing Stress Levels

    When it comes to dealing with infertility, lifestyle changes are not generally considered a substitute for medical care. However, along with working with a physician, it never hurts to strive for a healthier balance in life. You could try relaxation techniques and light to moderate exercise to reduce your stress. Make a list of common stressors and try to avoid them or change your response to them.

    For every stage of life, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center offers family medicine and physician referrals to specialists. If you’re having trouble conceiving and you live in the Las Vegas area, consider visiting our hospital to discuss these issues with one of our providers. For general information about our hospital services in Las Vegas, you can call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.

  • Women’s Sports Injury Awareness for springtime

    If the coming of springtime encourages you to get outdoors and play sports around the Las Vegas area, consider taking a few minutes to think about injury prevention. Watch this featured video to hear Dr. Fred Redfern, an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, explain why women are more susceptible to certain sports injuries than men. Staying out of the emergency care department may be easier with a few simple guidelines for preventive care.

    Common Types

    One of the most common types of sports injuries among women is a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The ACL is located in the knee. A mild ACL sprain involves the slight overstretching of the ligament, although the knee is still stable. A moderate sprain involves the loosening or partial tear of the ligament and a severe sprain refers to a complete tear of the ligament. In addition to ACL sprains, female athletes often develop ankle sprains, rotator cuff problems, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis. All of these sports injuries may be quite painful.

    Possible Causes

    Certain sports are associated with a higher risk of certain injuries due to the movements required. For example, basketball players are at a higher risk of ACL tears. There are also several possible reasons why women may be more likely than men to develop some sports injuries, such as the presence of looser ligaments, less muscle mass, and a wider pelvis.

    Preventive Tips

    Physical therapy and other conservative treatments are often effective for helping athletes get back on their feet after an injury. However, prevention is always best. To reduce your risk of getting sidelined this spring, try to maintain your physical conditioning during the winter months. If you intend on training intensely this spring or summer, gradually ramp up your workouts to let your body adjust. Consider investing in some supportive footwear, and remember to warm up and cool down each time you play sports.

    For acute or chronic sports injuries, you can find the care you need at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Our state-of-the-art facility in Las Vegas offers exceptional orthopedic care , along with protocols-driven emergency care, heart health services, and stroke care. If you would like to request a physician referral to an orthopedist in Las Vegas, you can call us at (702) 233-5300.

  • Answering Your Questions About Autism

    Autism is a spectrum disorder, which means that it affects children in different ways and to varying degrees. This neurodevelopmental disorder can affect a child’s communication, behavior, social interactions, and cognition. A great source of information about autism and how it might affect your child is a physician at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas. If your child has been diagnosed with autism, you could request a physician referral to a specialist.

    What are the signs of autism?

    A child with autism may display developmental delays. In some cases, the child may initially develop typically but then display a regression. Young children who may have autism may not respond to their name, not point to objects or display interest, prefer to play by themselves, and display atypical body movements such as arm flapping. Some children with autism may resist physical contact like hugging, appear to be unaware of physical dangers, repeat words or phrases in a context that does not make sense, not speak at all, or have limited speech. These are just a few of the possible signs of autism. Parents can share with a pediatrician any concerns they may have about their child’s development.

    Are there any treatments available?

    There is no cure for autism, but there are evidence-based, effective therapies available to help children acquire important skills. The child’s healthcare team may recommend physical, occupational, or speech therapy. Children with behavioral issues, in particular, can benefit from applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy techniques. In some cases, medication may be helpful for managing symptoms such as anxiety.

    How can I encourage good behavior?

    Positive reinforcement is the gold standard for encouraging children with autism to swap negative behaviors for desirable ones. When your child does something desirable, reward him or her with specific praise. For example, you might say, “Carl, thank you for holding my hand as we crossed the street,” or “Rick, I like it when you ask nicely for juice.”

    If you have more questions about autism , you can connect with a pediatrician at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. We also offer Las Vegas-area residents comprehensive stroke care, emergency care, and heart health services. To request a physician referral, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300.