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Women’s Health

What does it mean to have dense breast tissue?

If a recent mammogram showed you have dense breast tissue, you may wonder what this means for your breast cancer risk. Studies show that dense breast tissue makes breast cancer screening more difficult and increases the risk of breast cancer. A dense breast tissue diagnosis is an opportunity to review your breast cancer risk factors …

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Living life to the fullest in the face of breast cancer

After decades in education as a teacher, principal and administrator, Pam Neves was enjoying her retirement. She was relishing time with family, traveling, fun with friends and the occasional pickle ball game. There was one aspect of life after retirement that she never saw coming—cancer. Like many others, Pam’s life changed suddenly and completely. In …

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What every woman should know about pelvic organ prolapse

Talking about gynecologic issues, including pelvic organ prolapse, can be a bit uncomfortable for many women. Some of you may be tempted to stop reading right about now—but stick with me and allow me to help educate you about why this topic is so important for women of all ages. Pelvic organ prolapse, explained First …

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Hormonal imbalances: Are your hormones really out of whack or are you just doing too much?

At least once a day, and it’s usually several times, I hear the same concern from women in my office… “My hormones are out of balance.” When I question why they think this may be, it is always the same host of answers: mood swings, low libido, weight gain, fatigue, apathy. And 99% of the …

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Mom Wrist? Coping with hand and wrist pain during pregnancy and early parenthood

When most people think of aches and pains associated with pregnancy, they likely think morning sickness, backaches and sore feet. Issues with the hands and wrists would probably not even make the list. That is, unless you are among the hundreds of thousands of pregnant women each year who experience these problems. Hand and wrist …

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Women and heart disease: The surprising links you may not know

If you asked the average person to describe what a heart attack looks like, chances are they would picture a middle-aged man grabbing his chest. This is the quintessential image of a person experiencing a heart attack, and while this often does occur, it doesn’t tell the whole story.  For starters, almost as many women …

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