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How To Prepare For Your Mammogram

Mammograms are a regular part of an older woman’s health care routine. The process is fairly straightforward, but there are a few things you can do to prepare.

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Schedule Your Appointment

To schedule your mammogram, you will need to find a radiology facility. These places typically offer a variety of other services as well, such as MRIs or X-rays – something to keep in mind should you ever need to reach out to your chosen location in the future. A simple search for radiology in Toms River NJ or your current city will help you locate a place that makes you feel comfortable. If you have not gone through menopause, it’s best to schedule your exam the week after your period, as this is the time when your breasts are least likely to feel tender.

Bring Prior Images

If you have recently moved and are visiting this facility for the first time, bring any previous mammogram images to your appointment. You can ask to have your old images placed on a CD, which will be helpful for your new doctor to see if there are any changes.

No Lotion Or Deodorant

On the day of your mammogram, be sure not to wear any deodorant or lotion. It’s possible that these things can hide calcification or show up as a speck that is interpreted incorrectly. Depending on how much you wear, lotion can also cause your skin to be slippery, therefore making it difficult for the machine to analyze as much of the breast tissue as possible. If you wear deodorant or lotion regularly, place these items in a separate room the night before to avoid grabbing them out of habit.

Once you have found your facility, the steps you must take before a mammogram are easy. The more you go, the more comfortable you will become with this simple procedure.

Childhood Immunization Schedule 2017

Editorial cartoon credit: People’s Tonight Feb. 18, 2018 (NTorrecampo)

Stakeholders have yet to resolve the dengvaxia controversy, and while the government is working on it, health authorities assuage public fear by promoting other vaccines that have been proven effective to prevent childhood diseases such as tuberculosis and measles.

Sharing from Dr. Ethel Pineda’s Facebook Page:

Poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles. These diseases which can cause deaths and severe permanent physical impairment among children are easily preventable by immunization.

The Philippines is now polio-free.
The deaths from measles have diminished by more than 80% since 1990.
Pertussis ( whooping cough) by 61.7%.
Diphtheria by 57%
Tetanus by 69.6%
Tuberculosis by 31.5%

This is largely because of the Expanded Program on Immunization that was established in 1976 to ensure that Filipino children and mothers have access to routinely recommended vaccines.

Diphtheria, tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough vaccines have been around since the late 1950s.
The polio vaccine has been in commercial use since 1961.
Measles vaccine in 1963.
Mumps in 1967
Rubella (German measles) in 1969.

Add to that Hemophilus influenzae, hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), hepatitis A, pneumococcal vaccines which have been around for decades.

These vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective. There is no reason why the public should lose trust in this life-saving, and disability preventing undertaking by the government.

Go have your children (and yourselves) immunized. An ounce of prevention is definitely worth a ton of cure.

Text and Image credit to Dr. Ethel Pineda’s FB Page.

A Guide to Coping with Male Hormonal Imbalance

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Hormonal imbalance can strike either gender at virtually any age, making it important to visit a doctor or seek alternative solutions after discovering the problems. In a society that is particularly brutal to boys and men who develop at different rates or experience unconventional physical changes, it is even more important to receive the proper treatment. From social factors to current or future reproductive issues, coping with hormonal imbalance early is an excellent way to resolve the situation.

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Boys and Men

While a boy’s childhood can be free of chronic illness, puberty proves to be a difficult time for young men whose bodies are maturing differently than those of their peers. In boys, signs of hormonal imbalance may include the early onset of puberty, pediatric obesity, lack of appetite, bones that grow too slowly, jaundice or hair loss. Guardians of boys who notice one or more of these symptoms should seek treatment from a family physician or an endocrinologist.

Sudden or gradual physical changes in grown men can also indicate an imbalance in the level of hormones in their bodies; while it may be for different reasons than those that explain a boy’s hormonal issues, it is still important to see a doctor. Some symptoms for men may include irritability, sudden or excessive hair loss, night sweats, poor memory, erectile dysfunction, low libido or even high levels of male breast tissue. While many of these issues are difficult to deal with, gynecomastia, or “man boobs” may be the most noticeable physical change from a hormonal imbalance.

Understanding Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is most often related to an increase in estrogen, and it leaves many men uncomfortable and embarrassed. Such an increase in estrogen typically occurs during andropause, which is the male equivalent of menopause; mens’ bodies produce less testosterone as they grow older, and the outcome can involve too much estrogen. Although many men opt to have male breast reduction surgery, gynecomastia hormone treatment provides a far less invasive option. In fact, hormonal therapy removes the risks associated with both anesthesia and post-surgery blood loss.

Treat Hormonal Imbalances Immediately

Because men and boys often struggle with feelings of anxiety, depression and humiliation when their bodies behave in an unexpected fashion, they often fail to seek treatment. However, once symptoms are present, both men and boys should consult a doctor.