• What Are the Most Common Causes for ER Visits in the Summer?

    Child Swimming

    Your children are out of school for summer. While summer break can mean ample opportunities for fun and relaxation as a family, it can also lead to summertime injuries. The emergency care center at Riverside Community Hospital typically witnesses a spike in the following medical cases once summer hits Southern California. To prevent a painful and potentially fatal incident, be sure to take the precautions mentioned below.

    As the days get hotter, the pool becomes more popular. Now is the time to make sure that your child is properly protected from the possibility of drowning. If you have not already done so, consider installing a fence around your pool with a gate and lock to prevent young children from entering the pool unattended. You might also want to mount a motion sensor at your backdoor so you know when you children exit the house. CPR training can also prove critical in the event of a drowning.

    Head Trauma
    Children needn’t fall far to suffer a head injury or concussion. Unintentional falls from bikes, playground equipment, or even trees can result in a substantial injury. To prevent a potentially grave accident, make sure your children wear helmets at all times. Also, provide adult supervision whenever your children climb playground equipment of any kind. If a child has suffered a concussion or laceration from a fall, call 911 or seek emergency care as soon as possible.

    Sports-Related Injuries
    Summertime is prime time for playing sports of all kinds. Children and adults alike flock to basketball courts, soccer fields, and baseball diamonds when the weather warms up. Unfortunately, these activities present the opportunity for a range of injuries, including sprains, strains, and fractures. Supplying your children with appropriate protective gear can help reduce their chance of injury.

    Riverside Community Hospital offers prompt emergency care for patients of all ages at our ER center. Call (951) 788-3000 or visit our website to learn more about the services offered at our Riverside facility. Patients can also access our current ER wait times on our website.

  • FDA Guidelines for Sun Protection

    Applying sunscreen when you are outdoors is one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer. This video explains how to make sure you’re getting appropriate skin protection.

    The sun radiates UVA and UVB rays, both of which contribute to skin cancer. Sunscreen can block these rays, but not all types of sunscreen are equally beneficial. For maximum protection, use sunscreen labeled as broad spectrum. This verifies that your sunscreen guards against both types of sunrays. Also consider the sun protection factor, or SPF. The higher the SPF, the more effective it is at safeguarding your skin. When possible, buy sunscreen with the highest SPF available.

    Riverside Community Hospital strives to provide important information to Riverside area residents about the steps they can take to protect themselves from skin cancer. For more information on our hospital services, call (951) 788-3000.



    American Cancer Society’s CANCER PREVENTION STUDY-3 is seeking to enroll 500 volunteers from the Inland Empire, ages 30-65, who have never been diagnosed with cancer, for a 20-to-30 year study of 300,000 people to determine genetic and environmental causes of cancer.   The event will take place today from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Hospital in the Health Education Center Main Auditorium, 4445 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, and Thursday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Vanura Homehealth Services, 8213 Rochester Ave, Rancho Cucamonga

    For the next 20 to 30 years, the American Cancer Society’s Research Department will follow enrollees by sending questionnaires every two years to be completed and returned.  Researchers will use this data to study factors associated with cancer and ultimately find ways to prevent it.

    To enroll in the study will take approximately 30 minutes.  Eligible and interested individuals will be asked to complete a brief study questionnaire, provide a waist measurement, and give a small blood sample, similar to a doctor’s visit.  Quest Diagnostics coordinates the blood draw. Soon after the registration at the local venue, a more detailed questionnaire will arrive to collect detailed information on lifestyle, behaviors, and medical/family history.

    The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-1 in the 1950’s established the link between smoking and lung cancer.  Cancer Prevention Study-2 in the 1980’s established the link between diet, nutrition, and exercise.  Two thirds of all cancers are related to tobacco use, diet, nutrition and exercise.

  • What Is the Importance of Mammograms for Women?

    Nurse With Patient having a Mammogram

    A mammogram is a noninvasive diagnostic tool that can help healthcare providers identify breast abnormalities that may indicate breast cancer. The use of mammograms is widely recommended for women aged 40 and older. If a patient has a family history of the disease or other evident risk factors, it may prove beneficial to begin annual mammogram screenings at an earlier age. The following information highlights why this simple test is an essential part of the fight against breast cancer. Riverside Community Hospital encourages all female patients who are at least age 40 to schedule a mammogram at our facility.

    Early Detection
    Monthly breast self-examinations can help women become more familiar with their breast tissue and aware of when their breasts experience change. Though beneficial, a self-examination may not detect the presence of abnormal cells that develop in deep layers of breast tissue too far beneath the skin to be felt. A mammogram, which provides an internal image of the breast, can pick up the deeper growths. Should a physician identify any irregularities, he can schedule a biopsy to determine if the growth is indeed cancer.

    Ongoing Care and Assessment
    If a woman has already successfully beaten breast cancer, regular mammograms can be imperative for monitoring her health and evaluating new growths that may develop. While many women may not experience breast cancer for a second time, undergoing periodic mammograms can help ensure that their breasts remain free of disease.

    Fewer Breast Cancer Fatalities
    Since mammograms were introduced several decades ago, the rate of breast cancer deaths has fallen. By employing methods for the early detection, treatment, and ongoing supervision of breast cancer, physicians can provide patients with the best means possible for a healthy, vibrant, and cancer-free future.

    For more information on mammograms at Riverside Community Hospital, call (951) 788-3000. Patients who require immediate care can also take advantage of our iTriage Symptom Checker when they come to our Riverside emergency center.

  • A Quick Look at da Vinci Prostatectomy

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    For some men diagnosed with prostate cancer, surgery is the best option for treatment and recovery. In the past, the partial or whole removal of the prostate was a particularly complex procedure, as numerous delicate structures and nerves surround this small gland. With the introduction of the da Vinci surgical system, prostate cancer patients can now receive the surgical treatment they need with far fewer postoperative complications. Da Vinci prostatectomy allows cancer care surgeons to nimbly navigate the prostate area and remove the diseased gland without affecting nearby organs. This type of treatment incurs a lower rate of postoperative urinary and erectile dysfunction when compared with traditional surgical methods. Given the small incisions made during robotic surgery, patients often enjoy a quicker recovery as well.

    Riverside Community Hospital is proud to offer da Vinci prostatectomy services to eligible patients in the greater Riverside area. Our goal is to provide our cancer patients with the most effective and least invasive treatment options available. Call (951) 788-3000 or visit our website for more information.

  • Aging Gracefully with Prostate Cancer Testing

    Is prostate cancer treatment necessary for all men? This video discusses who should get tested for prostate cancer and what measures should be taken if cancer is found.

    Most doctors agree that men age 50 and older should get screened for prostate cancer. If cancer is detected, though, patients and their physicians should discuss if treatment is necessary. Some forms of prostate cancer grow at an extremely slow rate. Given that cancer care comes with side effects, it may be preferable to monitor the cancer than treat it. If the cancer is found to be fast moving, patients may then decide to undergo surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.

    Riverside Community Hospital aims to provide patients with the necessary preventative measures for optimal health. If you would like to schedule a prostate cancer screening at our Riverside hospital, call (951) 788-3000.

  • Men’s Health Basics: Habits for Cancer Prevention

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    No single behavior can comprehensively prevent diseases such as lung, skin, or colon cancer, but a number of activities can reduce a person’s risk. That’s why Riverside Community Hospital wants to inform the greater Riverside community about the steps they can take to prevent certain cancers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 300,000 American men die from cancer each year. To combat this substantial problem, we urge our male patients to consider the following tips for cancer prevention:

    Always Apply Sunscreen
    Did you know that skin cancer affects more Americans than any other type of cancer? At the same time, this disease is highly preventable. Central to lowering your risk for skin cancer is wearing sunscreen whenever you are outside. Skin cancer experts recommend that individuals apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher each time they go outdoors. For added protection, wear a long-sleeved shirt, slacks, and a hat when possible.

    Monitor Your Weight
    Being overweight or obese can contribute to your risk for a vast number of conditions, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Excessive weight can also increase your risk of suffering from many types of cancers. Colon cancer is one such disease that may develop in part from weight issues, as are pancreatic and kidney cancer.

    Stop All Tobacco Usage
    The cancer risks of smoking are very real. If you smoke or chew tobacco, you are significantly increasing your chances of getting lung and oral cancer. This habit can heighten your risk for more than a half-dozen other types of cancer as well. Smoking cessation is important for your health and a cancer-free future. Consult your physician about nearby programs that can help you to stop smoking as soon as possible.

    Preventative care is the best way to lower your risk for cancer. To find out more about what you can do to ward off this disease, call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000. We also encourage patients to use our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral program to learn more about their cancer needs.

  • CyberKnife: Lung Treatment

    CyberKnife technology allows for the treatment of lung cancer without surgery. This video gives patients a closer look at this innovative cancer care method.

    CyberKnife addresses lung cancer by emitting precise doses of radiation treatment to the cancer site. This occurs as the patient lies comfortably on a treatment table. The CyberKnife system not only delivers treatment at virtually any angle, but also follows the patient’s breathing rhythm to decrease radiation exposure to healthy tissues. The procedure is completely noninvasive and rarely results in patient discomfort. After treatment, patients may return to their daily schedules.

    Riverside Community Hospital offers CyberKnife treatment for eligible lung patients. To schedule a consultation to discuss your CyberKnife options, call our Riverside facility at (951) 788-3000.