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12.1.2020 Don’t Forget About you Ladies

Let’s face it, you are busy! Most of you have full time jobs. Most of you come home and have to be a full time mom. You don’t have time to take care of yourself. You are too busy taking care of others that you neglect yourself. Well, if you don’t take care of yourself, you will have a heart attack!

We have this notion that only men die of heart attacks, and women live forever.

What is the #1 cause of death for women? Heart disease.

Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, being overweight, smoking, physical inactivity, and genetics.

There are multiple ways to avoid this for the long term. Some are with medications and others from lifestyle changes.

The good news is that at EPC we know about a cheap and effective treatment that everyone can have access to! It will not only decrease your risk of heart disease, but it will also improve diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. Side effects include increased energy and a healthier you!

What is it? Weight loss and increased physical activity! Did you know that just a 5-10% weight loss can have a HUGE impact on your risk for diabetes? Increasing your physical activity by walking for just 30 minutes per day can not only decrease your risk for heart disease, but it will also make you feel better both physically and mentally. To help with weight loss, Americans need to eat MORE. That is right, we need to eat MORE vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and lentils. By eating more of these high fiber foods, we naturally eat less of the foods that lead to difficulty losing weight. These foods also fuel our bodies and give us ENERGY!

Come see us to see how else we can help you live longer and be there for your family as well as yourself.

12.1.2020 Basics of Thyroid Cancer

The incidence of thyroid cancer is increasing as more screening is being done and more nodules in thyroid are being uncovered. According to American Cancer Society there were 52,890 new cases of thyroid cancer in the US in 2020 (12,720 in men and 40,170 in women). Generally, a nodule is picked up either by feeling a lump in the neck, thyroid ultrasound or incidental imaging of the neck. Thyroid gland is located at the base of the neck. So, if you notice any lumps or bumps in that area you should get them checked out.

Women are at higher risk for developing thyroid cancer. Some of the other risk factors include family history of thyroid cancer and radiation around the neck area. Thyroid cancer cannot be initially diagnosed through blood work. It is mostly diagnosed via biopsy where the doctor inserts a tiny needle in the nodule with help of ultrasound and obtains some specimen. Sounds frightening, but most of the time you only feel a pressure like sensation and before you know it, it’s done! Our doctors have years of experience with this!

Treatment generally involves removing thyroid tissue depending on the size and involvement. Most people end up needing long term thyroid hormone replacement after surgery. Some also require additional treatment with radioactive iodine to ablate any residual tissue. Normally the decision for iodine treatment is dependent on the size and spread of the cancer.

Thyroid cancer is one of the least aggressive types of cancer. While its prognosis is excellent, the rate of recurrence can still be from 20-30%. Therefore, it is always a good idea to follow up with your provider in a timely manner so that they can keep track of the tumor markers.

To learn more about thyroid cancer or if you have any questions please contact us.