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Raise your awareness of prostate cancer

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of the disease in men. Fortunately, when it is diagnosed early, prostate cancer is often highly treatable. Understanding the risk factors and symptoms of prostate cancer will help you make the right decisions about your health. Here is a closer look at this common form of cancer.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer usually causes these symptoms:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased urination at night
  • Weak urine flow
  • Problems starting urination
  • Pain during urination or ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen

Frequently, prostate cancer does not cause any symptoms at all, especially in its early stages. Some men who are diagnosed with the disease only find out because of a routine screening test.

How is prostate cancer treated?
Treatment for prostate cancer depends on several different factors, including the stage of the disease and if it has spread outside of the prostate. Some options your physician may consider are:

  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Prostatectomy

In some cases, your physician may recommend watchful waiting, in which he or she actively monitors your prostate for the cancer to develop further but does not start any treatment. Typically, this option is only recommended for men whose cancer is in very early stages and is limited to the prostate.

Should I have regular prostate cancer screenings?
Only your physician can determine if and how often you should be screened for prostate cancer. He or she will consider your overall health and your risk factors to make this choice. The screening exams used for prostate cancer are:

  • Digital rectal exams, during which your physician attempts to find any lumps or abnormalities on your prostate
  • Prostate specific antigen test, a blood test that screens for high levels of prostate antigens, which could indicate cancer

The Centers for Disease Control does not recommend using a prostate specific antigen test for men who don’t have any symptoms of cancer since the test can give false positives.

The Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital offers multidisciplinary cancer treatments to help patients achieve recovery, including CyberKnife Radiosurgery. For a referral to one of our cancer care providers, please call our hospital at (951) 788-3463.

Limiting sun exposure on the job

You might remember to wear sunscreen before heading out for a run or relaxing by the pool. But what about unprotected sun exposure at work? Health experts recommend wearing sunscreen every day, regardless of whether it’s sunny or cloudy. Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital provides high-tech, high-touch care for our neighbors in Riverside. Another important part of our mission is to raise awareness about the steps everyone can take to reduce their risk of cancer, including skin cancer.

Knowing the risks
Unprotected sun exposure is an occupational hazard. Over time, it can increase the risk of:

  • Skin cancer
  • Cataracts
  • Sunburn
  • Eye lesions and cancer

Outdoor workers are at the highest risk of prolonged sun exposure. These include road crews, house painters, gardeners and summer camp staff.

Indoor workers should know they aren’t immune to the harmful effects of ultraviolet exposure. Sunlight easily passes through windows and inflicts damage on the skin. This is why truck drivers are more susceptible to getting skin damage and cancer on the left ear or left side of the face.

Limiting sun exposure
Whenever possible, it’s advisable to stay indoors when the sun is strongest, which is generally between 10 am and four pm.

Before going outdoors, wear lightweight clothing that covers up as much of the skin as possible. Some clothing is labeled to provide extra protection from the sun. Wear a wide-brimmed hat—baseball caps don’t protect the back of the neck.

Protect your eyes from sun damage with sunglasses. Look for a pair labeled to offer broad-spectrum protection.

Wearing sunscreen
Similarly, choose broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Put on a liberal amount of sunscreen all over your exposed skin. Be sure to get these commonly missed areas:

  • Ears
  • Back of the neck
  • Top of the hands
  • Behind the knees
  • Scalp (If you aren’t bald, look for spray sunscreen)

Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors, and reapply it every two hours or as directed by the product. Use a lip balm with SPF built in—it’s possible to get cancer on the lips.

Riverside Community Hospital is your family’s partner in health. You’ll find superior cancer care at our hospital in Riverside, along with responsive ER care for medical emergencies like dehydration, heatstroke and severe sunburn. You can speak with a registered nurse any time of the day or night by calling (951) 788-3463.

Stop believing these breastfeeding myths

Today, new moms have access to comprehensive breastfeeding support services at Riverside Community Hospital and around the country. But it wasn’t always like this. During the early 20 th century, women were discouraged from breastfeeding because it was perceived as a low-class thing to do. Fortunately, society is better informed these days, but there are still quite a few breastfeeding myths floating around.

Myth: Formula is more nutritious
It’s possible that this myth got its start from the fact that babies who are breastfed need to feed more often than those who are bottle fed. This is because breast milk is gentler on little tummies, and it’s easier to digest.

The truth is that breast milk is far more nutritious than formula could ever be. It contains a unique blend of antibodies that boost your baby’s immune system, along with all of the nutrients your baby needs to develop properly.

Myth: It’s easier to bottle feed
It’s true that breastfeeding can be difficult at first. This is why so many women attend breastfeeding classes and seek help from lactation consultants. But once you get accustomed to the routine, breastfeeding is much easier than bottle feeding.

Unlike formula, breast milk doesn’t need to be measured, warmed to the right temperature or served in sterilized bottles. There’s no need to pack bottles, nipples and formula whenever you leave the house. Plus, you won’t have to worry about running out of food for your baby in the middle of the night.

Myth: Small breasts indicate poor milk production
The size of a woman’s breasts does not influence her breast milk production. Your body has an amazing capacity to produce as much milk as your baby needs. Many women even produce more milk than their babies eat, which they may choose to donate to at-need families in their communities.

Family Birthplace at Riverside Community Hospital firmly believes in the importance of giving every baby a healthy start in life, which is why we’re pleased to offer free breastfeeding classes to all new moms in Riverside. Regardless of where you deliver, you’re always welcome at our classes and our Breastfeeding Center. A registered nurse is available to help you at (951) 788-3463.

What happens when you tear your ACL?

An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is often the result of a sports activity, but non-athletes can also sustain ACL tears. ACL tears can be mild or severe. Your orthopedic doctor at Riverside Community Hospital will design a personalized treatment plan for you based on the severity of your injuries, your lifestyle and your overall health.

The anatomy and function of the ACL
Three bones comprise your knee joint: The kneecap (patella), thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia). The bones are connected by four main ligaments at the knee joint. There are two collateral ligaments, which are located on either side of the knee.

The ACL is one of the cruciate ligaments, which cross over each other in an X shape. The ACL is in front of the other cruciate ligament, which is the posterior cruciate ligament. Your ACL ligament is responsible for keeping the tibia in place and stabilizing the knee as it moves.

The reasons for ACL tears
The ligament can become hyperextended. If it stretches out far enough, it can tear partially or completely. Often, ACL tears are accompanied by other types of orthopedic damage, such as trauma to the meniscus or articular cartilage.

The following movements can cause an ACL tear:

  • Suddenly stopping
  • Slowing down from a jog or sprint
  • Abruptly changing direction
  • Landing improperly after jumping
  • Sustaining direct physical trauma to the knee, such as from a football tackle

The signs and symptoms of ACL tears
ACL tears usually cause obvious symptoms, especially if it’s a complete tear. As soon as the ligament is injured, your knee might give way and you might fall to the ground. You may hear an abnormal “popping” sound.

ACL tears can be quite painful. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Swelling within 24 hours
  • Discomfort while walking or inability to place weight on the leg
  • Tenderness
  • Loss of range of motion

Riverside Community Hospital is a leading destination for patients with orthopedic conditions who demand superior medical services and individualized, attentive care. Our orthopedics program provides a continuum of care—from diagnostics to surgery to follow-up care. Call (951) 788-3463 to request a referral to a specialist in Riverside.

Establish the foundation of healthy vision for your child

Eye doctors recommend scheduling a child’s first vision screening at six months of age, or earlier if risk factors or symptoms are present. Parents are often surprised to learn that eye exams are necessary at such a young age, but this is essential to detect potential problems as early as possible. Your baby’s vision is priceless, and a pediatric eye doctor can help establish a lifelong foundation of good eye health. If you have any concerns about your baby’s health screening schedule, the doctors at Riverside Community Hospital are always available.

Take your child to the eye doctor
At your baby’s first visit to the ophthalmologist, his or her eyes will be checked for focusing ability and straight gazing. The doctor will also look for signs of eye diseases.

Assuming your child is asymptomatic and at a low risk of eye problems, his or her next vision screening will be at the third birthday. Then, your child should have a vision screening before first grade, and at least every two years afterward until the 18 th birthday.

Protect your child’s eyes from the sun
Your child’s skin isn’t the only body part that can sustain serious damage from too much sun exposure. Excessive sunlight to the eyes can increase your child’s risk of cataracts and eye cancer.

Protect an infant’s eyes by keeping him or her shaded while inside the stroller. Older kids will enjoy wearing sunglasses, especially if they get to pick out sunglasses with fun colors or cartoon character decorations. Your child’s sunglasses should be rated to offer broad-spectrum protection.

Provide protective eyewear for sports
As your little one grows, he or she may be interested in joining a sports team or playing solo sports. Ask the eye doctor to recommend a sports-specific type of protective eyewear. Serious eye injuries can lead to lasting vision loss.

Riverside Community Hospital is committed to promoting the health and safety of our neighbors throughout Riverside. Our physicians provide patient-centered, personalized care for individuals at all stages of life. Call (951) 788-3463 to request a referral.

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