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A look at the impact of breast cancer on Hispanic women

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the providers at Cancer Center in Riverside encourage all women to learn about the importance of breast self-exams and screening mammograms. Hispanic women in particular can benefit from accessible health screenings, as they tend to be disproportionately affected by breast cancer.

The prevalence of breast cancer in Hispanic women

Thousands of Hispanic women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and not all of them survive. In the U.S., breast cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in Hispanic women, according to the National Cancer Institute. It’s also the most common cause of cancer-related death.

A comparison of Hispanic patients to non-Hispanic, Caucasian patients who were diagnosed at the same stage and age reveals that Hispanic women are more likely to die from breast cancer.

The diagnosis of breast cancer in Hispanic women

One major problem contributing to these troubling statistics is the insufficient breast cancer screenings of Hispanic women. This particular patient population is more likely to be diagnosed later, when the cancer has spread to other parts of the breast, and beyond.

A delayed diagnosis means that these patients may need mastectomies, rather than lumpectomies, and a more aggressive treatment plan overall. A late-stage diagnosis also means that medical intervention is less likely to lead to a favorable long-term survival rate.

The steps women can take to protect their health

One of the most effective steps a woman can take to protect herself from breast cancer is simply to talk to her doctor about it. With the help of their primary care physicians, women can learn about their risk factors, and determine whether they need to start having screening mammograms.

Although there is no foolproof way to definitively prevent cancer, women who take the following steps may reduce their risk:

  • Limit or avoid alcohol
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise on most days of the week

Women who notice any unusual changes in the look or feel of their breasts and the surrounding areas are encouraged to talk to their doctors right away.

With its comprehensive patient support services and compassionate care, Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital is a sanctuary for patients and their families. We’re committed to giving our patients world-class cancer care for the best possible outcome. Call a registered nurse in Riverside at (951) 788-3463 to request a referral.

Could physical therapy treat your tennis elbow?

Lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow, is a repetitive strain injury that affects the arm. If you’ve been diagnosed with it you may have experienced impaired grip strength, elbow stiffness and pain. Patients with tennis elbow who come to Riverside Community Hospital can work toward recovery with the help of our talented physical therapy and orthopedics team, one of whom is featured in the accompanying video. He explains the basics of a nonsurgical treatment plan.

Pain management for tennis elbow
Before you begin rehabilitative exercises to treat tennis elbow, your physical therapist may start you on pain management modalities. You may use cold packs during the first 24 to 48 hours in order to reduce inflammation and relieve the pain. After the first couple of days, a heating pad may be more beneficial.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can also improve the pain and reduce swelling. In severe cases, an orthopedist may administer anti-inflammatory drugs directly to the injury via injection.

Bracing and support for tennis elbow
Various styles of tennis elbow bracing and support devices are available to take pressure off the injured area. These include tennis elbow sleeves, straps and epicondylitis clasps. Your physical therapist will recommend a type that is most likely to benefit you.

Physical rehabilitation for tennis elbow
Initially, your physical therapist may perform passive exercises. This means he or she will move your arm in specific ways, without you doing any of the work.

As your pain diminishes and you’re able to move the arm yourself, you’ll be shown how to do stretches and exercises designed to rehabilitate and strengthen your arm. Your physical therapist will also help you retrain your muscles to avoid future injuries.

Physical therapy for tennis elbow surgery
If conservative treatments aren’t enough, an orthopedic surgeon may recommend surgical intervention to correct tennis elbow. Your physical therapist will play an important role in your post-surgery recovery. As the area heals, you’ll work with your physical therapist to regain strength, flexibility and range of motion in your arm.

In the event you do need surgery, you’re in good hands at Riverside Community Hospital. Riverside Orthopedic Institute and its highly trained surgical team provide unique amenities, including a modern, multifaceted approach to pain management. A registered nurse in Riverside is available to speak with you when you call (951) 788-3463.

An introduction to bladder fistulas and how they are treated

If you have any of the symptoms of a bladder fistula, you should have the issue professionally diagnosed as soon as possible. Not only will this allow you to have the fistula treated, but it will also rule out other health problems that might be causing your symptoms. Riverside Community Hospital offers state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging to locate fistulas and compassionate care to treat them. Read on to learn more about this medical problem and the importance of having it treated.

What is a bladder fistula?
A bladder fistula is an opening between the bladder and another part of the body—either the skin or another organ. In most cases, the fistula opens up between the bladder and the colon or the bladder and the vagina. The fistula is an abnormal opening, and it can result in urine or feces leaking from the vagina, bad-smelling gas expelling from the vagina or chronic abdominal pain. The issue is most common in women.

What causes bladder fistulas?
The most common causes of bladder fistulas include:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Cesarean sections
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Radiation therapy for cancer

How is a bladder fistula diagnosed?
There are several ways in which a bladder fistula can be identified by a medical professional. In some cases, the fistula can be found using a simple speculum exam. It can also be diagnosed through a cystoscopy, a procedure used to examine the urethra and the lining of the bladder. If the fistula is in a location that is more difficult to reach, diagnostic imaging can be used to find it.

How can a bladder fistula be treated?
If a fistula is small and the surrounding tissue is healthy, the problem may resolve on its own. Otherwise, the fistula will need to be treated surgically. Depending on the location of the fistula, it may be repaired using laparoscopic or robotic surgery. If the fistula has been caused by complications of colon cancer, it may be removed as part of cancer surgery.

Riverside Community Hospital offers a wide range of essential medical services for women, including diagnosis and treatment of bladder fistulas. If you would like to find out more about the services we offer at our hospital in Riverside, CA, please contact us today by calling (951) 788-3463.

Handle food safely when you're dining outdoors

Dining outdoors is a great way to relax and enjoy time with family and friends, but without careful attention to food safety, it could also end in a trip to the hospital for emergency care. Make sure your next outdoor dining experience doesn’t lead to illness with these food safety tips.

Pay attention to temperatures
Temperatures play a central role in food safety. Hot foods should be kept hot, and cold foods should be kept cold. Follow these guidelines to make sure your foods stay at the right temperature:

  • Keep cold foods below 40 degrees F before serving, and don’t eat them if they sit out longer than two hours (or one hour on days over 90 degrees F).
  • Keep hot foods above 140 degrees F, and follow the same rules as cold foods for how long hot foods can sit out safely.
  • Put drinks in a different cooler than perishable foods, so opening and closing the cooler to get a drink doesn’t expose the food to higher temperatures.

Avoid cross-contamination
Cross-contamination occurs when items that have touched raw food touch food that is ready to eat. This can allow bacteria to transfer to your food before you eat it, which can lead to food poisoning. To avoid cross-contamination, keep these safety rules in mind:

  • Keep utensils and cutting boards that were used on raw foods away from cooked foods.
  • Don’t pack raw meat with ready to eat foods to prevent juices from the meat from coming into contact with the food.
  • Always discard marinade after removing the meat.
  • Wash your hands after handling raw foods

Clean fruits and vegetables
Rinse all of your fruits and vegetables before packing them to serve outside. For fruits and vegetables with firm skins, use a scrubbing brush to clean the surfaces. Dry all of your items off thoroughly before packing them.

If your fruits and vegetables are labeled as washed, you do not need to clean them.

If your outdoor dining party is derailed by food poisoning, the ER at Riverside Community Hospital is ready to help you recover. We are here around the clock to treat all of your emergency medical needs in Riverside. You can get answers to all of your questions about our hospital services by calling (951) 788-3463.

Preventing childhood obesity with the right habits in your family

For growing kids, weight management can be even more challenging than it is for adults. However, because childhood obesity can cause the early onset of weight-related medical conditions, such heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and because it can set children up for weight problems as adults, working to keep your child’s weight healthy is critical. You can make significant strides in helping your child with weight management by adopting healthy habits as a family. Try these tips to help your child—and your entire family—stay healthy.

Ban temptations from your pantry
Eating healthy doesn’t mean never having a treat, but it will be far easier for your child to avoid high-calorie, unhealthy snacks on a regular basis if you simply don’t keep them in your house. Stock your refrigerator and cupboards with healthy snacks that are easy to reach for, including fruit and veggies with hummus, and save treats for outside of the home. Your child will become accustomed to enjoying healthier snacks and won’t feel deprived if things like chips, candy, and cookies aren’t within arm’s reach.

Be active as a family
Kids need at least 60 minutes of activity on most days, so make being active a family affair. Get out together and play a game of basketball, go for a walk after dinner, or spend some time swimming at the local pool. You’ll get time to enjoy each other’s company while helping your child adopt an active lifestyle.

Lead by example
Your child will mimic your habits, so embrace a healthy lifestyle yourself. Let your child see you going out to exercise and making healthy food choices. When you cook, serve heart-healthy meals that are low in added sugar, salt, and saturated fat. Limit portion sizes for the whole family, and reach for water throughout the day.

At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re committed to keeping families healthy by providing extensive medical services, ranging from heart care to bariatric weight loss surgery in Riverside. Find out how more about how we can help your family maintain good health, and request a referral to one of our specialists by calling (951) 788-3463.

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