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Screenings Save Lives

Above, women who are breast cancer survivors circle around two Ringgold County Hospital medical imaging technologists.

Above, women who are breast cancer survivors circle around two Ringgold
County Hospital medical imaging technologists.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month which aims to increase awareness of the disease. Monthly self-exams and annual mammograms are the best way to detect the disease in its earliest, and most treatable stages.

While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages. The American Cancer Society encourages women to make healthy lifestyle choices such as eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, and reducing alcohol, if a woman drinks. These choices can help reduce their breast cancer risk. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend women at average risk start screening mammography at age 40 and continue annually or biannually after discussing with their health care provider.

Screening mammography decreases mortality from breast cancer. Residents of Mt. Ayr and surrounding communities are fortunate to have state-of- the-art medical imaging at Ringgold County Hospital. All of the radiologists and technologists at Ringgold County Hospital are state and board certified. Mammograms are performed in a gentle environment designed for comfort and women can be in and out in a little as 10 minutes. The FDAcertified, digital mammography suite offers the best in breast cancer detection; breast biopsies are performed in conjunction with the surgery department.

Did you know breast cancers found during a screening mammogram are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast? Finding breast cancer early (called early detection) can improve the chances that breast cancer can be treated successfully and with more treatment options, less extensive surgery, and ultimately, better treatment outcomes.

The American Cancer Society’s breast cancer screening guidelines vary based on a woman’s age and risk factors for breast cancer. It’s generally agreed that annual mammograms for women over the age of 40 are recommended. Talk to your
doctor about the screening plan that is best for you.

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Coach’s Corner: Halloween Safety Tips

Advice from Leslie Dredge-Murphy, Health Coach at the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic.

Everyone remembers the excitement of dressing up and Trick or Treating for Halloween. Your kids can have as much fun as you did – especially if you follow a few safety tips. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends:

Treats: Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.

Flame resistant costumes: When purchasing costumes, masks, beards, and wigs, look for the label Flame Resistant. It doesn’t mean these things won’t catch fire, but it does indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.

Costume designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists. Children should also carry flashlights.

Pedestrian safety: Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child. Remind them to use sidewalks rather than walk in the street. Also caution them against running out from between parked cars.

Choosing safe houses: Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.

Flu Vaccine Clinic

The Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic is hosing a Flu Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, September 15 from 7:30 – 11:30 am and 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment is necessary. You will not be seeing a doctor. Please bring your insurance card. For more information, please call 641-464-4470.

Coaches Corner: Protecting Your Children

VaccinationYou want to do what is best for your children. You know about the importance of car seats, baby gates, and other ways to keep them safe. But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations? Because of advances in medical science, your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before.

Vaccination is safe and effective. All vaccines are only given to children after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals. Vaccines will involve some discomfort and may cause pain, redness, or tenderness at the site of injection but this is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and trauma of the diseases these vaccines prevent.

Immunization also protects future generations. Vaccines have reduced, and in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations before. For example, your children don’t have to get smallpox shots anymore because the disease no longer exists!

For information about vaccinating your children, see your family practice practitioner at the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic 641-464-4470.

Children are Sweet Enough Already

RCH Newsletter July 2016 WaterWe know it’s important to get kids to eat healthy foods, but what about getting them on board with healthy drinks? What kids drink can greatly affect how many calories they consume and the amount of calcium (needed to build strong bones) their bodies get.

Serve Water and Milk
For kids of all ages, water and milk are the best choices. Besides having zero calories, water is a no-sugar thirst-quencher. Plus 1 cup of milk has 300 milligrams of calcium, so it’s a big contributor to a child’s daily
calcium needs. Choose fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1%) milk products most of the time. Children ages 1-2 need whole milk.

Here’s how much calcium kids need each day:
• Toddlers (ages 1 to 3 years): 700 milligrams of calcium daily
• Kids (ages 4 to 8 years): 1000 milligrams
• Older kids (ages 9 to 18 years): 1,300 milligrams

The current dietary guidelines for milk or equivalent dairy products or fortified soy beverages are:
• Kids ages 2 to 3 should drink 2 cups every day.
• Kids 4 through 8 should have 2½ cups per day.
• Kids 9 and older should have 3 cups per day.
Juice should not be given to infants younger than 6 months old. After that, serve only 100% fruit juice and limit it to 4 to 6 ounces per day. Try to choose juice without added sugar such as corn syrup. When kids
drink too much juice, juice drinks, sports drinks, and soda, these beverages can crowd out other nutrient sources they need. Sugary drinks can also pile on the calories.

Brad Wilson, D.O.

Brad Wilson, D.O.

Childhood Obesity and Diabetes
5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 27 in the Hospital Cafeteria

Join Dr. Brad Wilson for a free educational seminar to learn more about the causes of obesity and diabetes in children. The program is free, and a light dinner will be served. Call 641-464-4401 by September 23 to reserve your place.

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