Major Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 people were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and more than 50,000 people died from it. Though men can develop breast cancer, women are 100 times more likely to have the disease. You may not be able to avoid a breast cancer, but you can be better prepared for it by determining your level of risk. If one or more of the following risk factors apply to you, ask a doctor at JFK Medical Center about diagnostic imaging

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Family History of Cancer

Studies have shown that some people have a genetic predisposition to developing breast cancer. If you’re not sure of your family’s history of the disease, ask around. If you have a family history of breast cancer, consider starting your annual mammograms early.

Starting Menopause Late

Breast cancer and menstruation are closely linked. Women who began menstruating before the age of 12 or began menopause after 55 are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer. This is because women who menstruate longer have higher cumulative estrogen exposure, and estrogen is instrumental in the development of breast cancer.  

Getting Older

While breast cancer can develop in women in their 20s, women over 40 most commonly develop the disease. For this reason, doctors recommend that women get annual mammograms beginning at age 40. Women with multiple risk factors might get mammograms even earlier of consider supplementary diagnostics.  

Lifestyle Factors

Many breast cancer risk factors are fully within a woman’s control. For instance, women who smoke have a higher chance of developing breast cancer than non-smokers. Alcohol consumption, poor diet habits, and a lack of exercise can further contribute to a woman’s risk.

Having risk factors does not mean that you will definitely get breast cancer, nor does their absence preclude you from cancer development. For help determining your risk, schedule an appointment at The Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center. You can call us at (561) 548-3553 or visit our website to learn about our breast health services.

How to Help Someone Get Through a Seizure

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While a seizure can be a frightening experience to watch, there are several steps you can take to assist a friend or loved one during a seizure. Seizures vary in severity and duration. If you notice a seizure has lasted longer than three minutes, seek emergency medical care immediately. Because a seizure interrupts muscle control and often causes convulsions or unconsciousness, a person experiencing one cannot control their movements. Move furniture or other dangerous objects out of the way and guide a person to the floor rather than allowing them to fall. While you may have seen actors in television shows try to place objects into a seizing person’s mouth, you should never try this. Instead, try to roll their body to the side or tilt their head so any saliva or vomit will not block their airway. Do not hold a seizing person down, as you may cause injury to them or yourself.

When emergency care is needed, JFK Medical Center’s main campus ER and two off-site ERs provide immediate and effective medical treatment for seizures, injuries, illness, and more. Please call (561) 548-3553 or click through our website to learn more about how we can help in an emergency

The Most Common Types of Cancer in the United States

Cancer is a disease that occurs when cells begin to divide abnormally in the body, invading and affecting the health of other organs and tissues. Abnormal cells may develop and divide in any part of the body, such as the skin, bones, organs, and blood-forming or immune system tissues. Cancer care and treatment aims to eliminate uncontrolled cell division and prevent the spread of cancer cells. 

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Skin Cancer

The most common form of cancer is skin cancer, affecting approximately one million Americans every year. Non-melanoma skin cancer is often caused by exposure to damaging UV rays from the sun, but may also occur following exposure to radiation or damaging chemicals. Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that often develops from an existing mole or grouping of melanin-forming cells that create pigmentation in the skin.

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer can occur in both women or men, though it is 100 times more likely to occur in women because they possess a larger amount of breast tissue. Cancer of the breast may begin in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple or the lobules that produce milk. Current statistics indicate that one in every eight American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer risk increases significantly with age, but may also be affected by genetic and lifestyle factors.

Colorectal Cancer

The colon is part of the large intestine. Cancers that form in the colon often arise in the cells that create and release fluids, and are called adenocarcinomas. In 2013, there have been 102, 480 new cases of colon and rectal cancer. 50,830 deaths have resulted from these forms of cancer. Screenings to detect cancerous polyps are recommended based on age and personal risk of developing this form of cancer.

At the JFK Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Institute, our dedicated staff will work with you and your family to provide answers, support, and state-of-the-art cancer care. We also provide cancer screenings including diagnostic mammography. Check out our website or contact us at (561) 548-3553 to schedule an appointment. 

Overview of Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery allows for movements and procedures that are more delicate and controlled than human hands can perform. The da Vinci robotic surgery system offers surgeons a fine level of control over a set of robotic arms that assist with surgical procedures.

This video gives a brief overview of surgery with the da Vinci system. The surgeon utilizes a control console that is connected to a bedside cart that contains four robotic arms. A high resolution endoscope provides surgeons with a magnified, three-dimensional image of the operative site.

At JFK Medical Center, we offer minimally-invasive robotic surgery to patients undergoing urological, thoracic, gynecological and general surgical procedures. You can find out more about our da Vinci system by calling (561) 548-3553. Visit us on the web for more information about the benefits of robotic surgery.

Simple Ways to Boost Your Heart Health

Cardiac disease is one of the most common afflictions among Americans today. You can boost your heart health and prevent heart disease by making a few simple, small changes in your everyday life. If you have questions about your personal needs and goals, talk to your cardiologist for a personalized treatment and health plan. 

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Improve Your Diet

Making changes to your diet can significantly improve your heart health. Begin each day by eating breakfast, which has been shown to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by nearly 30%. When enjoying sweets in moderation, consider eating dark chocolate—it contains antioxidants that improve heart health and lower blood sugar. Include heart-healthy foods such as leafy greens, asparagus, avocado, and omega-3-rich fish. Cut down on LDL cholesterol, which contributes to the formation of plaques that clog your arteries.

Reduce Stress

Stress has been linked with high blood pressure and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Taking steps to reduce stress in your life such as practicing relaxing activities like yoga can improve heart health and lower your risk for atrial fibrillation and high blood pressure. Getting enough sleep is also important for lower levels of stress and better heart health.

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise holds many benefits for the heart. Exercise strengthens the cardiovascular system, improving the efficiency of your heart and reducing your blood pressure. Physical activity helps you to lose or manage your weight, which also lowers your risk of developing heart disease. If you spend much of your time sitting for work or other activities, take a break every so often to walk around. Even a short walk can help to counteract the negative effects that prolonged sitting have on the heart.

JFK Medical Center specializes in cardiovascular care, neurology, orthopedics, and more to provide patients the highest level of care and support. Call (561) 548-3553 to find out more about our hospital and offsite ER facilities. Check out our blog to learn more about boosting your health!  

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