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                                                                                                           Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

                       September is recognized as ovarian cancer awareness month. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 78. Her lifetime chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 108. Early detection in any type of cancer can increase survival rates. If you have any question or concerns about ovarian cancer talk to your doctor.


    Risk Factors:

    - Age: Ovarian Cancer is rare in women under 40. Most ovarian cancer develops after menopause

    - Later Pregnancy: Women whose first full-term pregnancy occurs after age 35

    - Non-full-term pregnancy: Women who have never carried a pregnancy to full-term.

    - Using Fertility treatment (in vitro)

    - Family History

    - Taking hormone therapy: primary in women taking estrogen during menopause

    - Having present or past breast cancer

    Having any of these risk factors causes your statistics of having ovarian cancer higher but is not a guarantee of ovarian cancer occurring. 



    - Bloating

    - Pelvic or abdominal(belly) pain

    - Urinary symptoms:

    - Urgency: always feeling like you must go

    - Frequency: having to go often

    - Trouble Eating or feeling full quickly

    Other symptoms include:

    - Fatigue, upset stomach, back pain, pain during sex, constipation, changes in periods, abdominal swelling accompanied by weight loss.


    Screening for Ovarian Cancer

    - Physical exam

    -Medical history

    - Pelvic exam: Checking for enlarges ovaries and signs ascites (fluid in abdomen)


    Further test only occurs if physical exam suggests ovarian cancer.

    - Consolation with specialist (gynecologic oncologist)

    - Imaging testing

    - Ultrasound

    - CT scan

    - Other testing: to check for cancer spreading


    Types of Ovarian Cancer:


    • Epithelial tumors
      - About 90% of ovarian cancers develop in the epithelium, the thin layer of tissue that covers the ovaries. This form of ovarian cancer generally occurs in postmenopausal women.
    • Germ cell carcinoma tumors
      - Accounts to about 5% of ovarian cancer this type begins in the cells that form eggs. While germ cell carcinoma can occur in women of any age, it tends to be found most often in women in their early 20s.
    • Stromal carcinoma tumors
      - Ovarian stromal carcinoma accounts for about 5% of ovarian cancer cases. It develops in the connective tissue cells that hold the ovary together and those that produce the female hormones estrogen and progesterone
    • Small cell carcinoma of the ovary
      - Small cell carcinoma of the ovary (SCCO) is a rare, highly malignant tumor that affects mainly young women, with a median age at diagnosis of 24 years old. 
  • September Awareness


    September is recognized as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Out of every 100 American men, about 13 will get prostate cancer during their lifetime, and 2 to 3 men will die from prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is 99% treatable if detected early. Most men with prostate cancer are older than 65 years and do not die from the disease. Finding and treating prostate cancer before symptoms occur may improve your health and help you live longer. Learn more and talk to your doctor before you decide to get screened or treated for prostate cancer.



    • <>Difficulty starting urination.
    • <>Weak or interrupted flow of urine.
    • <>Frequent urination, especially at night.
    • <>Difficulty emptying the bladder completely.
    • <>Pain or burning during urination.
    • <>Blood in the urine or semen.
    • <>Pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away.
    • <>Painful ejaculation.

    *If you have any symptoms that worry you, be sure to see your doctor right away.


    Screening for Prostate Cancer

    One screening test for prostate cancer is a blood test, which can be abnormal (not normal) for several reasons besides prostate cancer. The only way to know if an abnormal test is due to cancer is to do a biopsy.

    Treatment of prostate cancer may include:

    • <>Close monitoring and follow-up visits.
    • <>Radiation.
    • <>Surgery to remove the prostate.

    *Patient may incur side effects with treatment


    Questions for Your Doctor:

    • <>Am I at a greater risk for prostate cancer?
    • <>At what age should I start to think about screening for prostate cancer?
    • <>If I get my blood test, and it is not normal, what other things could I have besides prostate cancer?
    • <>What is a biopsy, and how is it done?
    • <>What are the side effects or risks of a biopsy?
    • <>If my biopsy shows some cancer cells, what does that mean?
    •                 <>Ask about all treatment options: close monitoring and follow-up visits, radiation, or surgery to remove the prostate.
    • <>What are the side effects or risks of each treatment?
  • Back to school:How to pack a lunch to help your child grow!

    Top 9 Nutrients a child needs to grow:

    1. Protein
    • - Meat, Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Nuts, Beans, Dairy products
    1. Carbohydrates
    • - Breads, Cereals, Rice, Crackers, Pasta, Potatoes
    1. Fats
    • - Whole-milk dairy products, Cooking oils, Meat, Fish, Nuts
    1. Calcium
    • - Milk, Cheeses, Yogurt, Ice cream, Egg yolks, Broccoli, Spinach, Tofu
    1. Iron
    • - Red meats, Liver, Poultry, Shellfish, Whole grains, Beans, Nuts, Iron-fortified cereals
    1. Folate
    • - Whole-grain cereals, Lentils, Chickpeas, Asparagus, Spinach, Black or kidney, beans, Brussels sprouts
    1. Fiber
    • - Whole-grain cereals, Chickpeas, Lentils, Kidney beans, Seeds, Nuts
    1. Vitamin A
    • - Carrots, Sweet potatoes, Squash, Apricots, Spinach, Broccoli, Cabbage, Fish oils, Egg yolks
    1. Vitamin C
    • - Citrus fruits (such as oranges), Strawberries, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Melons, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Papayas, Mangos

    Nutrient Pairing:

                Between band practice, football, softball, etc. making sure your child is getting their needed nutrients is sometimes difficult with a school child’s ever-growing schedules. So, making sure the nutrients you do intake is fully absorbed is important, and when you pair your nutrients it can help optimize your absorption.


    • Protein and Vitamin B6
    • - Vitamin B6:
    • - pork.
    • - poultry – such as chicken or turkey.
    • - fish.
    • - bread.
    • - wholegrain cereals – such as oatmeal, and brown rice.
    • - eggs.
    • - vegetables.
    • Carbohydrates and B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folate, B12
    • -Nuts
    • - Mushrooms
    • - Tuna
    • - Chicken
    • - Lean Pork
    • - Liver
    • - Salt water Fish
    • Fats and Fat-soluble Vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E, K)
    • - Vitamin D: tuna, salmon
    • - Vitamin E: sunflower seeds, almonds
    • - Vitamin K: Green vegetables
    • Iron and Vitamin A & C
    • Folate and B12
    • Vitamin C and avoiding caffeine


  • August Is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

    National Breastfeeding Month

    August is recognized as National Breastfeeding month since 2011. It was put in place to “Improve the nation’s health by working in collaboratively to “Protect, promote, and support breastfeeding”.

    Why Should you breastfeed your baby?

    • The BENEFITS:
      • Health
        • Unlike formula which contains more protein then a child can absorb breast-fed babies absorb virtually 100% of the protein in human milk.
        • Lowered chance of breast cancer for both mothers and babies.
        • Breast milk contains immunities to diseases and aids in the development of baby's immune system.
        • Helps a baby’s brain develop.
        • Lowered chance of intestinal diseases in breast feed baby’s.
        • Lowered chance of allergies.
        • Breastfed children have lowest obesity rate.
        • Babies receive vitamins A, D, E, K from breast milk.
        • Breast milk has the highest concentration of antibodies.
      • Cost
        • Breast milk is the only food a baby needs for the first 6 months of life.
        • In the baby’s first year of life they take a little over 9,000 ounces of milk/formula.
          • Average formula cost 19 cents an ounce
          • Estimated total formula cost for the year is $1,710
            • This total does not include the water, or if you baby must be on a specialty formula.
      • Time
        • Breast feeding works around your schedule and can be done anywhere.

    Know your rights as a breastfeeding mom!

  • STD Testing

    Effective immediately, the Clark County Public Health Department (CCHD) will provide testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea via urine specimen for any consenting youth or adult in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health Guidelines.

    CCHD nursing staff will administer treatment following the CDC STD treatment guidelines and Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT guidelines.  For individuals testing positive for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia.  Testing and treatment will be provided free of charge and is intended for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.

    For further information please contact our office at 217-382-4207.

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