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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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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!

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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 

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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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It is often perpetuated that those with “high pigmentation” or darker complexion, will not and cannot get skin cancer. FALSE, FALSE, FALSE!

Melanoma on extremity

Melanoma on extremity

The Dark Skin/darker complexion that is seen is due to a substance in the skin called “melanin”, which after it spends time in the sun can become a defense mechanism.  Dark-skinned people have a higher concentration of melanin, which can offer a stronger defense/protection from the sun (sort of like a mild sun screen). HOWEVER, this does NOT mean darker skinned people are immune to skin cancer…not at all!

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early.

The most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. Each of these has been linked to intermittent and/or chronic sun exposure. Tanning and sunburns are analogous to cigarettes in that just one can increase your risk of cancer, regardless of skin color.

melanomaBecause of this myth, skin cancer is often caught late in African Americans, resulting in a higher fatality (death) rate. An example such as melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, recent studies showed that the 5 year survival rate was 59% in African Americans compared to 85% in Caucasians.

Among African Americans and others of African descent, Asians, Hawaiians, and Native Americans, melanomas are most likely to appear in the mouth, melanomas on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and under the nails.

Take simple steps today to protect your skin. Here are some of the Skin Cancer Foundation Guidelines

  • Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Put on sunscreen every 2 hours and after you swim or sweat.
  • Do not burn
  • Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
  • Check your skin regularly for changes (If uncertain, take a photo with your trusted phone…and compare AND show your doc! See chart below)
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam

abcdes-of-melanoma-largeTell your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues while out at your backyard BBQ, pool or beach parties to protect themselves – dark skinned, light skinned and everything in between!

Dr. OZ discusses skin cancer…


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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! A reader’s request …

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Greetings my dear readers!

Coconut_greenAs many of you may know … I grew up in the beautiful islands of the Caribbean. I am, therefore admittedly, impartial about certain things…such as COCONUTS! Someone request that I blog about the properties of coconut. No problem mon.  For inspiration, I just enjoyed a few bites of “dark chocolate covered pieces of coconuts” …  *smile*

It is said, that those who consistently use Coconut products, enjoy an overall wealth of benefits, such as:

  • Prevention (decrease) of Obesity
  • Improvement of Heart Health
  • Improvement of Digestion
  • High dietary fiber
  • Low Glycemic Index
  • Quick energy boost
  • Reduces sweet cravings

coconut-waterCoconut,

  • contains no trans-fat,
  • Is gluten free
  • Has healing properties against bacteria, virus, parasites and fungus
  • Helps support overall Immune System functions

My vote: Coconut makes anything tastes better! But is there scientific proof of these benefits?

Because I am not the expert in this area … I will allow you to read more here,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/10/25/coconut-oil-benefits_n_4164278.html

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/index.htm

 

Or watch Dr. Oz below on the benefits on coconut oil, oil pulling, etc.,

 

 

Fox News report …

 

 

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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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