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Breast Care: Breast Cancer Screening

Mammogram

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 226, 870 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, and approximately 39,510 women will die from the disease.

To detect this deadly disease early when it is most treatable, medical professionals have developed a set of breast cancer screening modalities and have provided recommendations to patients regarding breast care and when to get tested. While there is some disagreement between organizations about when to start screening and how often to do so, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) agree that women with no symptoms or family history of breast cancer should have a mammogram performed every two years between the ages of 40 and 49. Women between the ages of 50 and 74 should be tested every year.

Current breast cancer screening options include mammography, breast exam by a healthcare provider, and the breast self-exam.

  • Mammography
    Mammograms use x-ray technology to form an image of the breast. Digital mammography provides clear pictures of the breast to help identify small tumors or lumps that cannot be felt during a physical exam.
     
  • Breast exam by a healthcare provider
    During a routine physical, your physician may give you a breast exam to check for any abnormalities, areas of inflammation, or lumps.
     
  • Breast self-exam
    Performed in front of the mirror, in the shower, or lying down, this series of thorough tests should be performed at least once a month to detect any changes in the breast tissue.

If you would like to learn more about the ACS and ACOG recommendations for breast cancer screening, speak with your physician or contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000. Our Breast Care Center offers digital mammography, PET/CT scanning, breast ultrasound, and many other breast care services, with MRI to be added soon.


What is Sarcoidosis?

White Blood Cell

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that can adversely affect many parts of the body, including the lymph nodes, eyes, liver, and skin. Patients affected by this disease may or may not experience symptoms. When symptoms occur, they can involve almost any organ system and include:

  • Respiratory problems, including pain behind the chest bone, wheezing, dry cough, and shortness of breath
  • General discomfort or uneasiness, which can include fatigue, fever, joint pain, weight loss, and overall feelings of illness and lack of well-being
  • Skin issues, such as hair loss, rash, raised or inflamed scars, or red and firm skin sores
  • Nervous system problems which may include seizures, poor coordination, tremors, headache, difficulty hearing, or weakness on one side of the face
  • Eye symptoms, such as burning, dry eyes, pain, vision fluctuations, or discharge
  • Other symptoms include nosebleed, swelling in the upper abdomen, muscle weakness, fainting spells, and dry mouth

The cause of sarcoidosis is unknown, but medical scientists believe that the disease occurs due to a malfunctioning of the immune system. This reaction may possibly be triggered by exposure to an infectious agent, such as a bacterium or virus, or an environmental toxin or allergen. Most scientists agree that genetic factors may contribute to an individual’s risk for developing this disease.

Sarcoidosis has no known cure. Once a diagnosis has been made, there are various medications that can be administered in the effort to alter the course of the disease. Corticosteroids are the most common treatment, followed by other drugs, such as methotrexate. Unfortunately, each available treatment is only used with varying success and comes with a range of side effects.

April is National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month. If you are interested in learning more about this unfortunate disease, visit the National Sarcoidosis Society website or contact the healthcare experts at Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.


Organ Donation: Giving the Gift of Life

Every year, organ donation provides patients with organ failure a second chance at normal, active lives. Unfortunately, the number of donors does not match those in need, and many patients do not get donor organs in time.

In this video, you can learn more about one man’s experience with organ donation. In 1998, Chris was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure, an irreversible disease. With the help of a generous donor, Chris overcame his incurable disease through organ transplantation. 

Becoming an organ donor is easy and can save a life. To find out more about enrolling as an organ donor in your state, visit OrganDonor.gov or contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.


Helpful Health Information Resources

Healthy Living

Learn even more about proper nutrition, heart health, and more by looking through the articles below. Still have questions? Contact the staff of Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000.

  • Angina, or chest tightness, is one of the many symptoms associated with coronary heart disease. Visit this health guide from The New York Times to find out more about the symptoms and causes of this common medical condition.
  • Cardiac catheterization is frequently used to evaluate or detect the presence of a wide variety of cardiovascular disorders. Read this guide from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for more information about coronary angiograms.
  • Following the American Heart Association’s guidelines for their Simple 7 Program can help you to live a longer, healthier life free of heart disease—see the recommendations for this program on the association’s website.
  • Poorly managed diabetes can lead to a variety of unpleasant health complications, including diabetic retinopathy. The National Eye Institute provides more information about this condition on their website.
  • Your body needs some fat to function properly, but some fats are healthier than others. This article found on GirlsHealth.gov briefly describes the different types of dietary fats and where they are found.
  • Tracking and scoring your eating habits can be a helpful way to evaluate your nutrition and make necessary changes. Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov to track your meals and learn more ways to stay healthy.
  • Do you know the warning signs of medical emergency? This article found on the National Stroke Association website lists the major symptoms of stroke.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency room wait times have increased to over an hour in recent years. Fortunately, the emergency room wait times at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are about half of the national average.
  • As a parent, it can be difficult to decide when your child is suffering from a medical emergency. This guide from KidsHealth.org may help you to become more aware of your available treatment options.
  • If you are still looking for more information regarding the correct procedure for breast self-examination, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation website.

Are You Prepared for a Medical Emergency?

Heart Monitor

Medical emergencies, such as a stroke, heart attack, and traumatic injury, tend to happen when least expected. Preparing for these life-threatening situations is especially important. Through ample preparation and thorough planning, you can expedite the treatment process and may help to prevent or minimize the consequences of severe medical illness or injury. Read on to learn some helpful ways to plan ahead for a medical emergency.

  • Know the symptoms
    For life-threatening conditions, such as a heart attack or stroke, knowing the symptoms and warning signs can make all the difference in seeking treatment in time. For a stroke, remember the National Stroke Association’s FAST mnemonic: Face, Arm, Speech, and Time. If the face is drooping or movement is hindered on one side of the body or if the victim is having trouble with speech, they may be having a stroke. Heart attack symptoms often include chest pain, numbness, shortness of breath, and anxiety.
  • Learn first aid
    Knowing first aid procedures, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), can help to save the lives of your loved ones and complete strangers. Learning the basics of first aid will not only help you to save lives, but will also help you to stay calm and approach medical emergencies with more confidence.
  • Have medical information ready and available
    Before a medical disaster strikes, have your medical information ready in a specific location. Having information about current medications, allergies, and medical conditions can help emergency personnel to provide prompt, effective treatment.

The Emergency Care services at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve the men and women of our community. As the first medical center in the country to use the Rapid Medical Evaluation™ method of treatment, our patients are seen by a healthcare provider in half the amount of time than the country’s average wait time. To learn more about how our emergency facility can help diagnose your loved ones faster, contact our health line today at (408) 259-4000.


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