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    A Look at Breast Cancer Screening in Older Women

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Doctors agree that regular breast cancer screenings are important for women in a certain age group, but what happens when women get older? Do regular screenings help to save lives, or do they actually have negative consequences? Evidence suggests that some women should discuss the idea of halting screenings with their physicians. What is the right answer for you? Here’s what you need to know.

    Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

    In the United States, most breast cancer screening guidelines say that women should begin mammograms at age 50. There is disagreement over whether these screenings should be repeated annually or every two years. There is also disagreement about whether women should start screenings earlier, at age 40. When it comes to mammograms later in life, the American Cancer Society says women should continue having screenings for as long as they are healthy, while the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force says there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that women should continue having mammograms after age 75. 

    Older Women and Screening Risks

    The reason experts are concerned about breast cancer screenings in older women is the risk of over-diagnosis and treatment. Because older women are more vulnerable to the side effects of cancer treatment than younger women, treating very early stage breast cancer can actually do more harm than good. In a Dutch study into breast cancer screenings in elderly women, early-stage cancer diagnoses rose significantly while the diagnosis of late-stage cancer experienced only a small decline. This kind of over-diagnosis could interfere with quality of life for older women.

    Patient Recommendations

    For now, breast cancer screening guidelines are highly personalized. Work with your physician to make a screening plan based on your medical history and risk factors. Your physician can help you balance screening risks and benefits to give you the best breast cancer protection.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center’s Breast Center offers screening tests for women of all ages. Our Las Vegas hospital boasts a comprehensive range of health care services, including stroke care, an emergency room, and a heart hospital. For a physician referral or more information, call (702) 233-5300. 

    Answers to Your Questions about Breast Cancer Screening

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Regular breast cancer screenings play a critical role in early detection of tumors, which often means that treatments can be less evasive and more successful. At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, the Breast Center provides screening tests through our diagnostic imaging department, while our oncology experts provide treatment when cancer is discovered. If you’re like most women, you probably have questions about how you should approach breast cancer screening. Here are the answers to some of the most common queries that women have.

    What Types of Screening Tests Are Available?

    For most women, three types of breast cancer screening exams are recommended: mammograms, clinical breast exams, and breast self-exams. Mammograms are X-ray exams of the breast that allow doctors to see small tumors in early stages of development. Doctors perform clinical breast exams, often as part of an annual OBGYN visit. Self-exams are performed by you to check for lumps or changes in your breast tissue. Although this combination of tests works for many women, others may require specialized testing, such as MRIs, particularly if they have dense breast tissue.

    How Often Should I Be Screened?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that women between the ages of 50 and 74 get mammograms every two years and that women between 40 and 49 follow their doctors’ advice for screening schedules. Clinical breast exams usually happen annually, and self-exams should be performed monthly. However, it’s important to develop a personalized screening schedule with your doctor, as some women need more frequent and earlier screenings because of breast cancer risk factors.

    How Can I Set Up a Breast Cancer Screening?

    Ask your doctor to refer you to the Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center for a mammogram. If you need help with clinical breast exams or learning to perform self-exams, call our physician referral line to be put in touch with a doctor who can help.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas provides all of the support your family needs to maintain good health. To learn more about our healthcare services, from the emergency care to our heart hospital, call (702) 233-5300. 

    How to Play It Safe with Produce

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Produce is an important part of a balanced diet, but not taking proper precautions when handling them could leave you feeling anything but healthy. How can you prevent food poisoning from fruits and veggies?

    Watch this video to learn more about safe handling of fruits and vegetables. When grocery shopping, make sure produce is kept separate from meats, which could contaminate them with bacteria. You should also store them separately at home. Before eating, wash your hands as well as your fruits and vegetables to rinse away bacteria.

    If you do get food poisoning, get emergency care at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. Our emergency room is open 24-hours daily for all of your urgent care needs. Learn more about our Las Vegas hospital by calling (702) 233-5300. 

    What Is the Difference between Good and Bad Cholesterol?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    If you’re concerned about you heart health, there is a good chance that you’ve discussed your cholesterol with your doctor. Knowing your cholesterol number is an important part of managing your health, and most people know that they want that number to be as low as possible. However, did you know that your cholesterol number doesn’t tell the whole story? There are both good and bad kinds of cholesterol, and how much of each you have plays a major role in your heart disease risk. What is the difference between these two? Here is what you need to know.

    Bad Cholesterol

    Low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol is called bad cholesterol in layman’s terms. This kind of cholesterol adds to the build-up of plaque in your arteries, which is a hard substance that causes atherosclerosis. With atherosclerosis, the arteries become clogged and stiff, which makes it more difficult for blood to flow through. This can lead to a blood clot, which in turn can cause a heart attack or stroke. Atherosclerosis can also lead to peripheral artery disease, which specifically causes plaque build-up and narrowing of the blood vessels in the legs.

    Good Cholesterol

    The medical term for so-called good cholesterol is high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, cholesterol. Doctors believe that HDL cholesterol helps to remove LDL cholesterol from the blood stream and take it to the liver, where it is processed to be passed from the body. By scrubbing LDL cholesterol from the body, HDL cholesterol can help to prevent heart disease and stroke.

    For your best heart health, your doctor wants to see a low overall level of cholesterol with more HDL than LDL. For help achieving those numbers, make an appointment with a Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center doctor. If you do experience a cardiac emergency, seek urgent care in our ER and heart hospital. For a physician referral, call us in Las Vegas at (702) 233-5300. 

    Exploring the Recovery Process for Spinal Cord Injuries

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Spinal cord injuries occur when one or more of the vertebrae that usually protect the spine are fractured or dislocated, which causes the spinal cord to be stretched or damaged by bone fragments. Spinal cord injuries require emergency care for diagnosis and treatment, and long-term care is usually needed. Here is what to expect after a spinal cord injury.

    Emergency Care

    One of the first things emergency room personnel do when they suspect a spinal cord injury is to immobilize the head and neck to prevent further damage. Doctors may order imaging tests, including an MRI and CT scan, to determine if there really is a spinal cord injury. Once the injury is confirmed, a rigid brace or axil traction will be used to stabilize the spine and reduce the risk of additional injury. Emergency surgery may also be necessary to remove bone fragments, fractured vertebrae, slipped discs, and anything else pressing on the spine. In some cases, spinal decompression surgery is also performed shortly after the injury to alleviated built-up pressure.


    Patients need both physical and emotional support after a spinal cord injury. In the initial stages, therapists usually focus on developing leg and arm strength as well as communication skills, if necessary. Occupational therapists help people with spinal cord injuries re-learn fine motor skills, including things like eating and self-grooming. Overall, rehabilitation is tailored to the patient and their specific needs, including emotional support.

    Management of Related Problems

    An important part of recovery is managing medical problems that are associated with spinal cord injuries. These include breathing difficulties, pneumonia, circulatory issues, and depression. A patient with spinal cord injuries should report all symptoms to his or her doctor to help develop a care plan.

    For any suspected spinal cord injury, seek emergency care at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. In addition to emergency care, our Las Vegas hospital provides stroke care, a heart hospital, orthopedic care, and much more. For a physician referral or to find out more, please call (702) 731-8000. 

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