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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … http://www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is that time of year again, when American Cancer Society seeks our support. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is being held in many cities throughout the United States. Have you joined a team and offer your financial support?

breast pinkThis could be a template for all other cancers. Imagine for a moment, if there is a walk for a specific cancer every 2 weeks…that would be awesome right?! Prostate Cancer, Colon Cancer, Gastric Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thyroid Cancer, Brain Cancer, etc.,… Imagine the societal impact and the health benefit for the participants too? A walk every 2 weeks…Why not? Just imagine…

Learn more about upcoming American Cancer Society Breast Cancer walk in your city, by clicking HERE and also see the videos below. Who knows, maybe you will see me at one of these walks…be sure to say hello! 🙂

ACS 2015

ACS Video

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Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

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Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … http://www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough. This September, Legacy Health Educators is proud to participate in Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month.food for thought

  • Fewer than 1 in 7 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day.
  • Fewer than 1 in 10 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day.

The great news? Communities, health professionals, businesses, and families can work together to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables.  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend two cups of fruit and 2-1/2 cups of vegetables each day.

Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you:

  • Lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer
  • Maintain or reach a healthy weight
  • Keep your body strong and active

vegetablesHere are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day:

  • Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it.
  • Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks.
  • Challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week.

Remember, eating more fruits and veggies can be fun – and it’s worth it!

5 Healthy Foods

Are Fruits Bad For Your Diet?

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … http://www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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Ovarian Cancer is deadly. It is the 4th leading cause of death in women and the leading cause of gynecological cancer death. The average lifetime risk is 1 in 70 with median age of diagnosis of 63years. Like most other cancers, Ovarian Cancer is highly curable if diagnosed at an early stage, but 75% presents with more advance disease, at stage III or IV. Early diagnosis is usually very difficult, because patients often present with vague abdominal symptoms and there is a lack of good screening test with initial presentation.

Sister Mary Joseph Nodule w/Ascites

Sister Mary Joseph Nodule w/Ascites

Common Symptoms:

  • Abdominal discomfort/pain/bloating
  • Increasing girth (increase size around waist/abdomen region)
  • Change in bowel (movements) habits
  • Early satiety (feeling full after eating small amount of food)
  • Nausea
  • Sister Mary Joseph Nodes (associated with ovarian cancer and of gastrointestinal tract)
  • Ascites (fluid just under the abdominal skin, that shifts like a wave when tapped)

In addition to the basic blood, liver and kidney evaluation, some specific labs (blood work) that may assist with ovarian cancer diagnosis includes:

  • CA125 – elevated in 80% of ovarian tumors
  • CA 19-9 – low sensitivity, but could be positive in other cancers
  • CEA – elevated in 58% of advance stage ovarian cancers
  • AFP & βHCG – Measure if <30years old to help rule out other types of tumors

Ovaries-hurt-when-sneezeBecause of its presentation, diagnosis usually involves quite a number of imaging as well: Transvaginal ultrasound, CT scan and/or MRI, cystoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, endometrial biopsy if patient has abnormal vaginal bleeding, assessment of any ascites fluid, etc., Surgical exploration is also necessary to complete staging of disease (find out how advance and how far it has spread).

Treatment: As with most cancers, the treatment for ovarian cancer is dependent on the final staging, but majority involves surgery followed by chemotherapy. If not a chemotherapy candidate, then Whole Abdomen Radiation Therapy (WART) may be considered after surgery. However, WART is falling out of favor, due to the toxicity and side effect profile.

Can it be detected earlier? See videos below.

Dr. Oz’ brief review of Ovarian Cancer

Patient Education video w/diagrams

SEPTEMBER is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. For additional information you may also contact:

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
2501 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 435
Dallas, TX 75219
(888) OVARIAN (682-7426)
(214) 273-4200
nocc@ovarian.org
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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … http://www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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Earlier this year, we looked at “Why Your Thyroid Gland Matters” take a quick review HERE. For some, this may be a reason why there are issues with weight gain, fatigue, etc.,  As an Oncologist and being the cancer world, topics such as “over-diagnosis” always renders a reaction from me. If a life is being saved in the long run, can we truly quantify “over-diagnosis” in cancer?

thyroiddA new study published in the journal Academic Radiology lists reasons why thyroid cancer over-diagnosis.  Although there were an estimated 62,000 new cases of thyroid cancer in 2014, the number of fatalities was estimated at fewer than 1,900. Incidence rates have risen by 185% in 35 years, and surging rates and a mismatch between incidence and mortality signal a problem with over-diagnosis.

3 Key reasons considered for overdiagnoses of Thyroid cancer are:

  1. the imaging of incidental thyroid nodules. Such nodules are present on 16 to 25 percent of computed tomography (CT) scans, which is lower than other modalities. The malignancy rate of incidental nodules on CT and ultrasound is less than 12 percent.
  2. A second underlying reason is thyroid nodules are easy to biopsy. This suggests the biopsy threshold (reason to do a biopsy) is low and that decisions may not always comply with recommendations. The number of fine-needle aspiration biopsies for thyroid nodules doubled from 2006 to 2011, which was linked to a 31 percent gain in the number of surgeries for thyroid nodules.
  3. The third reason is routine processing of surgical specimens for other thyroid diseases such as goiter and thyrotoxicosis find incidental cancers in anywhere from 6 to 18 percent of patients.

Would you want to know if you have thyroid cancer or thyroid disease?

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

 

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … http://www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I cannot help but think about all the remaining women and “mother figures” in my life – My mom and my Paternal Grandmother, who is now 91yo, are gratefully still with us. I never miss a moment to say to my mom, “Love you!”  Even after a disagreement or heated argument. I’d say something along the line of, “I have to get off the phone now to calm down…ok? Love you…bye.” And yes, I would follow-up afterwards as well. How is your relationship with your mom? Hang out with her recently? Spoke with her recently? It is a worthwhile relationship to work at improving

Memory of MomSome are not so fortunate…and will be celebrating Mother’s Day…in memory of their love one. My friend’s mom Lilly, was a great women, mother and wife. I know that she is sorely missed.

It is my hope that all your memories of your mom are filled with smiles and happy recollections!

Ms. Lilly, Teresa, and all the Moms are looking down from Heaven…smiling, pleased with all their children…pleased with you.

Cheers!

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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Why is there such an obsession over good health? Even more so over aging or getting old? I do not have the answer or formula, as there is a billion dollar anti-aging industry searching for that as well. What I do know, is that aging gracefully is quite possible for everyone – Love Yourself, Love Others, Be Kind, Be Grateful, Stay Active, Laugh a lot and LIVE for the moment…that is a GREAT start and canvas quite a bit!

Example:  To quit smoking is a part of loving and being kind to oneself…and by so doing improve one’s health!

It is not just to live longer either, but to enjoy a better, healthy life NOW, that will also be beneficial much later… to have something to look back at…when you are 80, 90, or 102 yo! Aging gracefully is … priceless! As Dr. Charles Stanley would say, “We reap what sow, more than we sow, and later than we sow.” …. sow wisely!

Stay Active!

Stay Active!

Staying Active: If dancing is not your thing, maybe daily walking after dinner, playing tennis, gardening, or anything else that is enjoyable and settles your mind – may do the trick. Don’t forget to exercise the brain too!

Laughing/smiling does the heart good! This video brought a smile to my face and lightens my heart…here’s hoping it does the same for you also!

Start practicing the “aging gracefully” process today…

102 yo DANCER… sees herself dancing for the FIRST time!

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information”

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JANUARY is Thyroid Awareness Month!

What is it? 

thyroidThe Thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck and just below the laryngeal prominence (Adams Apple) – (see image).  The main function of the Thyroid is to produce hormones that maintain your body’s metabolism. It essentially breaks down nutrients to release energy. Your body is in need of energy constantly – even when at rest!

What if the Thyroid makes too much hormones? You may experience:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Excess sweating
  • Unexpected weight loss

What if the Thyroid does not make enough Hormones? You may experience:

  • Gloomy
  • Colder
  • Tired
  • Unexpected weight gain

What are some of the common Thyroid disorders?

  • Thyroid goiter

    Thyroid Goiter

    Hyperthyroidism (abnormally high activity)

  • Hypothyroidism (abnormally low activity)
  • Thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid)
  • Thyroid nodules (may be benign or Thyroid cancer)
  • Goiter (any of the above may lead to an enlarged thyroid gland)

Additionally, in females, thyroid hormone levels must be checked beginning at age 35 (or sooner if symptoms are present) as thyroid can affect the menstrual cycle, and must also be normalized during pregnancy.

Follow instructions in video below for self-examination. For more information, please see below!

thyroid exam

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

245 Riverside Avenue, Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 353-7878
(904) 404-4207 Fax
ajohnson@aace.com
www.thyroidawareness.com

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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