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From the National Non-Profit Project Pink Comes a Story of Love, Liberation and Laughter:
The Breast Cancer Diaries
For ten years, Ann Murray Paige covered the news, but for the biggest story of her life she turned the camera on herself. When Ann, a former local news reporter and anchor is diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38, she sets up a diary camera in her bedroom.
Did you know that one out of every four women will experience some form of pelvic health issue – bleeding, urinary incontinence or pelvic pain? This number actually doubles as women age!
Pelvic pain and incontinence frequently are suffered in silence, due to embarrassment. But an entire medical discipline devoted to these conditions is making significant inroads in the treatment of the painful conditions that fall under the topic of “pelvic health.” Women can now exchange embarrassment for empowerment.
In this edition of Nurse Barb’s Daily Dose, Barb speaks with the pelvic health experts: Drs. Sari Levine and Katherine Sutherland and physical therapist Meenal Mujumdar. Together, they address some of the misconceptions that keep women from seeking treatment for pelvic pain or incontinence problems and explain the advances in treatments that are worth considering.
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Joseph’s brother was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 38 and is now battling a recurrence after 5 years of being cancer free. As they looked closely at the family history, there were several other aunts and uncles who had also had cancer in the stomach, pancreas or bladder. Joseph asked me about genetic testing for himself and his children. He wondered if these cancers were random events or related to a genetic disorder.
In an emergency, it’s critical to know the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
Men may experience:
Women’s symptoms are often different:
Only about 1/3 of women having a heart attack will experience crushing chest pain
Women may have some or all of these symptoms with a heart attack:
If you have these symptoms or any chest pain that occurs with exercise or activity, don’t wait, call 911.
Why women hesitate to call
Many women think that they couldn’t possibly be having a heart attack because they don’t have crushing chest pain or some of the other common signs and symptoms that men have. And, before you judge this next statement, just know that many women also hesitate because their symptoms seem mild and they don’t want to inconvenience anyone, especially emergency responders.
When in doubt, call 911
I know a woman who had burning chest pain, sweating and then fainted in her yard in front of her family. When she woke up after a few minutes, she insisted that the family continue their plans to go to dinner with her and not call 911, because she was feeling a little better and she didn’t want to spoil the plans they made to go out to dinner. It was only weeks later when she had crushing chest pain and couldn’t breathe that she decided to get to the Emergency room, where she learned that yes, this was a having a heart attack, and her fainting spell was also her sign of a heart attack.
New lifesaving technologies
Once you call 911, there are new lifesaving technologies that help people get the care they need as fast as possible. The Lifenet system helps saves valuable time by transmitting crucial patient information while en route to the hospital, enabling a person who needs cardiovascular surgery to whiz right past any delays in the ER and get right to the cardiac cath lab.