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Skin Cancer Awareness

Skin Cancer Awreness SEORMCSummertime means warmer weather and enjoying the great outdoors. It also means long days in the sun and lengthy exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. These long hours in the sun can lead to damaged skin cells and skin cancer.

Signs and symptoms
Even if you wear sunscreen and protective clothing, it is still possible to develop skin cancer. That’s why dermatologists recommend conducting a monthly head-to-toe self-examination of your skin.

You should look for the following items when examining your skin:

  • A growth that increases in size and appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored
  • Moles, beauty marks, or birthmarks that change color, size, texture or appear after you are 21
  • Sores that are constantly itchy, crusty, burn or peel
  • Sores that do not heal within three weeks

Make note of any suspicious spots you detect during your monthly skin self-exams and contact your primary care doctor or dermatologist for further evaluation.

Importance of early detection
Skin cancer affects more than 3 million people each year. It is also the easiest form of cancer to cure when detected and treated early. That is why it is important to routinely check your skin for any abnormalities. A self-examination should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and could prove to be life-saving.

Yearly skin examinations by your dermatologist are also essential. Dermatologists can identify any areas of concern in the earliest stages and order any necessary biopsies.

Contact your dermatologist to make an appointment for your annual skin exam if you haven’t already had one this year. If you don’t have a dermatologist, your primary care physician can give you a referral.

Going Green: Treating BPH with GreenLight Laser Therapy

greenlight laser treatment of the prostateHarvey Moskowitz says that GreenLight laser therapy is the reason he can enjoy his life again.

For five years, Mr. Moskowitz endured the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – or an enlarged prostate. Faced with conventional, invasive surgery as the only treatment option, he decided to live with BPH.

One of the most common diseases for aging men, BPH affects half of men between age 51 and 60, and 90% of men age 80 and over. This non-cancerous condition of the prostate gland disrupts the lives of 27 million men over the age of 50 each year.

Symptoms of BPH include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Sudden urge to urinate
  • The need to push or strain when urinating
  • Blood in urine
  • Weak urine flow

An untreated enlarged prostate often leads to more serious conditions, like kidney stones, frequent bladder infections, and, in severe cases, permanent kidney damage.

Like many men with BPH, Mr. Moskowitz finally decided that the side effects and hassle of daily pills didn’t work in his life anymore. Mr. Moskowitz turned to Dr. David Robbins, a seasoned urologist who often recommends and administers GreenLight Laser Therapy to his patients with an enlarged prostate.

Dr. Robbins explains that GreenLight Laser Therapy, a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure, is a simpler solution for treating BPH. The therapy provides immediate relief of lower urinary track symptoms, and it boasts fewer serious adverse events, faster recovery, less bleeding, and lower hospital costs than conventional surgical treatments.

During the GreenLight procedure, a laser fiber is passed through a cystoscope and advanced into the urethra to the location of the prostate. There, the doctor directs the special laser at the prostate and heats up the tissue. The urologist systematically vaporizes the enlarged prostate tissue until the obstruction is removed. This allows the prostate channel to open so the urine can flow with ease.

“The difference between laser therapy and traditional methods is that as the laser vaporizes troubled areas, it opens up the tissue and also seals the blood vessels so there is minimal bleeding,” explains Dr. Robbins. This enables the operating physician to better visualize the area and more accurately and carefully construct the channel to restore urine flow.

Post-treatment, patients experience a rapid relief of symptoms and improvement of urine flow immediately after the procedure. In fact, Mr. Moskowitz returned to work the day after his GreenLight laser therapy. It’s no surprise that 94% of patients are satisfied with this alternative treatment option and would recommend it to others. “It’s a wonderful procedure,” claims Mr. Moskowitz. “I was able to urinate at a normal level again, pain-free. I got my life back.”

Over 700,000 patients have received GreenLight laser therapy worldwide to date. This proven, cost-effective solution doesn’t require daily ongoing medication for men diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. Ask your doctor about GreenLight laser therapy for BPH today.

Just How Bad is Soda?

How Bad is Soda SEORMCWe all know that soda is bad for your health, but many don’t know how bad soda really is for you.

Soda can lead to weight gain, heart problems, diabetes and more. Some health experts say soda doesn’t have any nutritional value at all and you are better off eating fast food because that at least has some nutrition.

Sugar problem
Sugar is the main culprit of weight gain from soda. Although some sodas are lower in calories, your body still turns the sugar into fat and causes you to gain weight.

Consuming sugar in the form of a drink is also troublesome. Your body doesn’t register fullness as easily when you drink calories versus when you eat them. This means you often drink more calories than necessary because your body doesn’t know when to tell you to stop.

This excess drinking can lead to “sugar rushes” which can cause your body to have a difficult time regulating your insulin levels. A person with long-term insulin problems often becomes diabetic.

Even diet sodas formulated with artificial sweeteners can contribute to weight gain by tricking your body into craving sweeter foods. In studies with mice, artificial sweeteners changed the gut bacteria in ways that made them vulnerable to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, both of which can lead to weight gain. Artificial sweeteners also contribute to a drop in leptin, the hormone that inhibits hunger.

Heart issues
In addition to sugar, two other main ingredients in soda are sodium and caffeine. These ingredients can cause major heart issues if consumed in excess.

Caffeine causes your heart rate to increase and blood pressure to rise. It’s also a diuretic in large doses, which causes frequent urination and leads to dehydration. Sodium causes fluid retention, which can increase blood pressure as well.

Keep it in moderation
While it is a bad idea to drink soda regularly, it is okay to enjoy a sugary drink every once in a while. The American Heart Association says people with a daily diet of 2,000 calories can enjoy 450 calories from sugary drinks each week.

It is best to replace most of your soda consumption with plain water. This change can help you lose weight and keep your heart healthy.

For more on what you can do to lose weight and live healthier, call 740-439-8000 to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians today.

4 Tips for a Happy and Healthy Summer

Happy and Healthy Summer SEORMCIt’s summertime – school’s out, and the living’s easy! Don’t let summer boredom or June-gloom get you down. It’s the perfect time to turn off the tube, get off the couch, head outside, and explore beautiful Cambridge. All of us at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center want this to be your family’s happiest and healthiest season yet!

There are plenty of exciting options for summer fun for everyone from adventurous explorers to the more reserved residents. Explore the Downtown Cambridge Events Calendar and the Cambridge-Guernsey Count Events Calendar for all the exciting summer activities happening around town.

And follow these tips to keep the fun going while ensuring health and happiness.

Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water!
High temps during summertime can increase the amount of water we need to consume. The typical recommendation is 64 oz. of water per day, but with additional moderate physical activity, your water intake needs can double.

Getting enough water benefits mind and body, enhancing concentration and cognition while also improving endurance and physical performance. Keep soda, alcoholic beverages, lemonade, and other caffeinated and sugary drinks to a minimum, especially during the summer due to their dehydrating effects. Low-calories sports drinks and electrolyte waters are good choices, but fresh, clean water is still the best.

Exercise moderately
If you feel you’re out of shape, introduce an exercise regimen slowly and work your way up to higher-intensity workouts.

When it comes to their workout goals, many folks are in a hurry – they want to lose those few extra pounds quickly. Sometimes, this approach can lead to soreness or even injury – and an end to the exercise effort. Start slowly and gradually build up to enjoy the workout and benefit from the exercise. In addition to the physiological and physical benefits, our minds also improve with added activity. Rich, oxygenated blood enters our brain, sharpening our reasoning and thinking, and awakening out mental faculties.

Eat fresh, seasonal, and local produce
Naturally, summertime foods are healthy!

Watermelon, tomatoes, cantaloupes, cucumbers, summer squash, and berries – to name a few – are yummy foods that are abundant during the summer. These delicious fruits and veggies are filled with healing nutrition and nourishing juices. For example, watermelon is high in lycopene, a compound with strong antioxidant properties that protect the body from aging and inflammation. Fruits of summer are jam-packed with minerals and vitamins, including magnesium and Vitamin C, which are lacking in the diets of many Americans.

Check out the Cambridge Main Street Farmers’ Market on Fridays from 9am - 1pm to stock up on your favorite summer foods!

Clock adequate sleep
The old folks used to say “I’m getting my beauty rest” – they understood the importance of sleeping and resting to balance out the active side of life. Sleep gives the body time to renew and rejuvenate.

Generally speaking, the more physically active you are, the more rest your body requires. Experts estimate that over 40% of American have difficulty sleeping and suffer from sleep deprivation, a condition that predicts medical issues later in life.

When possible, adopt a bedtime routine. Avoid eating and working late. Turn off the television and smart devices 30 minutes prior to going to bed – the blue light emitted from electronics prevents the body from releasing melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep. End the day with deep breathing, quiet reflection and light stretching to let your body know that it’s time to sleep. Clock eight-nine hours of sleep per night most nights of the week.

The Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center team wishes you all a safe, fun, and healthy summer!

Ensure Your Kids Have a Healthy Summer

Health Fit Summer SEORMCFrom sun and bugs to heat and water, parents face a few challenges when it comes to keeping kids healthy and safe in the summer. Here are a few tips to minimize the ouch-factor and maximize your summer fun.

Beat the heat
These three simple practices will keep children safe when temperatures soar.

Stay sun savvy
We all love long summer days, but it’s important to be proactive about sun protection.

Infants under six months old should be kept out of direct sunlight. For babies and toddlers, use a barrier sunscreen containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide – ideally both. Older children need a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or greater. Reapply sunscreen every two hours – more frequently when swimming or perspiring.

Spending the day in the car? Remember, children can get sunburned through car windows, so slather on the sunscreen before heading on your road trip and invest in window shades for the back seat.

Sun-protective clothing, hats and sunglasses will also help protect kids’ skin and eyes from UV rays.

Pack smart snacks
When traveling, invest in a small thermal bag and cold pack to keep food fresh. Opt for healthy snacks, like fresh, local, seasonal fruits and veggies. Salads or sandwiches, especially those that contain mayonnaise, can cause illness if they’re exposed to hot temperatures for too long.

Also, ensure your kids wash their hands with soap before eating whenever possible. Keep antibacterial wipes or sanitizer handy to clean up in a pinch.

Prepare for bugs – and bites
When outdoors, you’re likely to encounter critters that bite. Ticks and mosquitoes are two pests you should be particularly wary of in warm weather months. The state of Ohio reported more than 150 cases of Lyme disease caused by tick bites last year. And a type of mosquito found in Ohio can transmit West Nile virus. Thirty-five cases were reported in the state in 2015.

Keep mosquitoes, ticks and other bugs at bay with insect repellent. The American Academy of Pediatrics says formulas containing up to 30% DEET are safe for children over two months old. Repellents at this concentration should be reapplied about every five hours. Formulas with a lower DEET concentration, should be reapplied about every two hours. Note that DEET can reduce the effectiveness of sunscreen by up to a third, so you may need to reapply sunscreen more often and use protective clothing to prevent sunburns.

Embrace tick safety practices. Know where ticks can be found in your area – most often in wooded areas, grassy fields and leaf piles. They can even be in your yard at home. Make a habit of performing a tick check when the kids come in from playing outside. And learn how to remove a tick and properly dispose of it.

If your munchkin gets stung by a bee or wasp, over-the-counter pain medicine such as acetaminophen and a cold pack applied directly to the area will provide relief. Allergies to stinging insects are common and can manifest suddenly, especially in children. Monitor your child for any symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as abnormal swelling or difficulty breathing, and seek emergency treatment immediately to treat the reaction.

Watch the waves
Whether you’re making sandcastles at the beach or chilling by the community pool, kids need supervision around water at all times. In a lake or ocean environment, stay within an arm’s length of your children in the water, regardless of their age or swimming ability. At a pool, join younger children and weaker swimmers for a dip and supervise older children and stronger swimmers from a lounge chair close to the edge. Just be sure to keep an eye on them at all times – no texting or reading.

Longer days, abundant sunshine, and an ice cream cone (or two!) – there’s no time like summer to enjoy family. Ensure your kids have a healthy summer by being proactive and tapping into your parenting instincts.


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