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Breast Cancer: Risk, Screening and Signs

by Laura Klein, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Breast Center

Posted on October 17, 2017

October is a month that is known for pumpkin picking, hayrides and beautiful fall foliage. The month is also synonymous with breast cancer awareness and features walks, fundraisers and nationwide comradery to raise awareness, as well as funds, to beat the disease. This cause is as important as ever, with approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. 
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Is Exercise Medicine?

by Don Tomaszewski, M.S., ATC/L, Director, Sports Institute/Medical Fitness/Outpatient Rehabilitation Medicine

Posted on October 10, 2017

You have probably heard that exercise is good for your health, but did you know that it can actually help to heal your body? Understanding the value of exercise is more important than ever since our nation is in the midst of an “inactivity epidemic.” This inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death nationwide and is responsible for 3.2 million deaths each year. The financial cost is also enormous—the medical repercussions of inactivity result in 102 billion dollars of US healthcare expenditures annually.
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How Can I Decrease My Breast Cancer Risk?

by Eleonora Teplinsky, M.D., Director, Breast Medical Oncology, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

Posted on October 6, 2017

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women (except for skin cancers). One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime with an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer in 2017. With these sobering statistics, a very common question is “How can I decrease my breast cancer risk?” There are many unavoidable risk factors for breast cancer including gender, age, family history, genetics, personal history of breast cancer, prior radiation to the chest, menstrual and pregnancy history, race/ethnicity, and certain breast changes. However, there are also several modifiable breast cancer risk factors that women can focus on to decrease their risk of breast cancer and to live a healthier life!
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Ovarian Cancer: Risk Factors, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

by Marie C. Welshinger, M.D., Medical Director, Gynecologic Oncology, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care, and Eleonora Teplinsky, M.D., Director, Breast Medical Oncology, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

Posted on September 8, 2017

Ovarian cancer is the 9th most common cancer in women and although it only accounts for approximately 3 percent of cancers in women, it is responsible for the most deaths of any cancer involving the female reproductive tract. The American Cancer Society estimates 22,440 new ovarian cancers will be diagnosed and 14,080 deaths due to ovarian cancer will occur in the United States in 2017.
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Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

by Howard Frey, M.D., Medical Director, The Urologic Oncology Center, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

Posted on September 5, 2017

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), but it can be treated successfully. In fact, more than 2 million men in the U.S. count themselves as prostate cancer survivors. Most cases of prostate cancer occur in men older than 50, and two out of three cases are in men over 65.
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Preventing Strokes in Patients with AFib

by Suneet Mittal, M.D., Director, Electrophysiology, The Valley Hospital, and Medical Director, Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation.

Posted on September 5, 2017

Did you know that more than 3 million Americans are affected by atrial fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation, which is also referred to as AF or AFib, is the most common irregular or abnormal heart rhythm disorder. It decreases the heart’s pumping ability and can make the heart work less efficiently. In addition, patients must be aware that AFib can lead to potentially life-threatening problems such as blood clots and a higher risk of stroke.
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What is an Embryologist?

by Nicole Burns and Melissa Nanidzhanyan, Embryologists, The Valley Hospital Fertility Center

Posted on August 8, 2017

If you or a loved one is having difficulty conceiving, you may have researched in vitro fertilization options. In vitro fertilization, which is commonly referred to as IVF, is a process that begins with ovulation induction to stimulate a woman’s ovaries. Next, the eggs are harvested through an ultrasound-guided technique. Once the eggs have been retrieved, they are fertilized and grown in a laboratory for three to five days before the embryos are transferred into the woman’s uterus or frozen for implantation at a later date.
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What Do Women Need to Know About Heart Disease?

by Benita Burke, M.D., FACC, Medical Director, Valley Medical Group’s Heart Care for Women

Posted on July 25, 2017

Did you know that heart disease impacts men and women differently? Research has shown that gender differences exist not only in the way disease affects the heart, but also in the symptoms and the way it is diagnosed. And, in combating this No. 1 killer of women, we must educate women on their individual risk factors and the importance of early diagnosis. 
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Medically Managed Weight Loss: A Nonsurgical Approach to a Healthier Weight

by Melissa Bagloo, M.D., Director, Center for Bariatric Surgery and Weight-Loss Management, The Valley Hospital

Posted on June 27, 2017

Weight loss, as well as maintaining a healthy weight, is a challenge that can sometimes seem insurmountable. If you are struggling with your weight, you are not alone! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70.7 percent of adults who are 20 years of age and older are considered to be overweight and/or obese. This is especially worrying because obesity can lead to a number of serious, and sometimes even fatal, health conditions. 
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What is Mindfulness-Based Meditation and Why Should I Try It?

by Jodie Katz, M.D., Director, Center for Integrative Medicine, The Valley Hospital

Posted on June 13, 2017

It seems like we are hearing more and more about mindfulness-based meditation and the role it plays in stress reduction. But what exactly is mindfulness-based meditation and why is the practice getting so much attention? 

It seems like we are hearing more and more about mindfulness-based meditation and the role it plays in stress reduction. But what exactly is mindfulness-based meditation and why is the practice getting so much attention? It seems like we are hearing more and more about mindfulness-based meditation and the role it plays in stress reduction. But what exactly is mindfulness-based meditation and why is the practice getting so much attention? 
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