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Assessing Your Risk For Breast Cancer

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About one in eight women will develop cancer during their lifetime. While researchers do not know why cancer occurs, they have identified several factors that increase a person’s risk for breast cancer. Being a woman – While men can also develop breast cancer, the disease is ...
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Treat Stomach Problems

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Many gastrointestinal (GI) problems are closely linked to anxiety and stress. If you commonly experience a “nervous feeling” in your stomach, talk to your doctor about underlying issues that may be causing the problem. “Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition that involves inflammation of the intestinal ...
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Foods for Nursing Moms

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If you are breast-feeding your baby, it is important to stick to a balanced, nutritious diet so your baby receives the nutrients he or she needs. In general, you should add about 500 calories per day to your diet. “Breast-feeding moms need large amounts of calcium ...
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Keep Your Breasts Healthy

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One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, and one in two women will experience some sort of breast problem. So it is important that women pay attention to their breasts to make sure there have not been any changes. “Some health professionals ...
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Combat Germs

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Germs can spread quickly among children – sometimes creating mini-epidemics at schools. You can decrease your children’s risk of spreading and contracting illness if you teach your children these tips to combat germs: Wash hands. “It may sound simple, but washing with soap and water is ...
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TAVR for Aortic Stenosis

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Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve narrows, obstructing blood flow from the heart. Patients with severe aortic stenosis usually need surgery to replace the valve, but some people are not good candidates for surgery. Saint Francis’ Heart Valve Center now offers an alternative treatment for ...
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Pink Tie Guys Calendar

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Guys can look good in pink, too: Just ask the men of Pink Up’s Pink Tie Guy Calendar. “Breast cancer does not only affect women,” says Steven C. Bjelich, FACHE-D, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Center. “Men can have breast cancer, too. Even ...
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Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco

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While using smokeless tobacco may be slightly less dangerous than smoking cigarettes, it can still cause cancer and many other serious health problems. In the U.S., there are two main types of smokeless tobacco – chewing tobacco, which consists of loose tobacco leaves in pouches; and ...
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Support After Weight-Loss Surgery

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Patients who undergo weight-loss surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center have support every step of the way. On the third Thursday of every month, they meet as a group to discuss challenges and triumphs. “The support group is a way for our patients to network and ...
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Dangers of Syncope

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Syncope occurs when you suddenly lose consciousness and then awake soon after. In many cases, these fainting “spells” are harmless and caused by your body’s reaction in response to a trigger, such as the sight of blood. However, sometimes syncope can be a symptom of a ...
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