Quality healthcare means more than visiting the doctor once a year for checkups. For patients to truly thrive, health education is fundamental, because it allows patients to better understand their individual healthcare needs and recognize any future risks that may exist for them. Here at Riverside Community Hospital, we strive to provide every patient with information and resources to manage their health in the clinical setting and at home. We also look forward to National Health Education Week, which provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of patient education and public health awareness to promote a healthier community right here in Riverside.
What is National Health Education Week?
National Health Education Week (NHEW) is an annual event that has taken place since 1995 thanks to the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). It is focused on increasing awareness of national public health issues and the role of patient education in healthcare. This year, some of the issues highlighted will include gun violence, health equity and access, and the increasing role of technology in health education.
How can you celebrate?
Many of the activities and discussions for NHEW will take place on social media, so it’s easy to get involved. Search the hashtag #MyImpact to read stories and facts from health education professionals and follow @SOPHEtweets to be part of the discussion.
You can also celebrate by improving your health education with classes and events held at your community hospital. With a greater understanding of the issues affecting your health and the health of your community, you can become empowered to take a more active role in your healthcare and make healthier lifestyle choices.
Riverside Community Hospital goes great lengths to help our patients remain informed as we provide exceptional care in our ER, Cancer Center, and Heart Care Institute. To connect with us, visit our website or call (951) 788-3463 to speak with a member of our nursing staff at any time.
No woman is immune to breast cancer, but there are many risk factors that can increase the chances that you will be diagnosed with breast cancer in your lifetime. Some risk factors you can control, while others will be unavoidable. However, you can control how much you know about breast cancer and how frequently you check in with your doctor for appropriate screenings, including mammograms. If you fall into any of the following categories, it is especially important to talk to your doctor, because you will be in the highest risk groups for the disease.
Women with an inherited genetic mutation.
If you have a family history of breast cancer, or you know that the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation runs in your family, then it is likely that you have an inherited genetic mutation that can increase your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Even if you do not have one of these genetic mutations, you might still be more proactive in your preventive care if you have a close relative, such as your mother, sister, or aunt, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Women over the age of 50.
Most breast cancer cases are diagnosed in women over the age of 50, which is why you will need more frequent breast cancer screenings as you get older.
Women with dense breast tissue.
Women with dense breasts have more connective tissue in the breasts than fatty tissue, which is harder to see through on a mammogram, so tumors may be more easily missed during routine screening. If you do have dense breast tissue, there are other imaging options, such as breast MRI that may be more suitable for you.
Women who have undergone hormone replacement therapy.
Hormone replacement therapy using the hormones estrogen and progesterone can increase the risk of breast cancer. Additionally, certain types of hormonal birth control may raise your risk. Talking to your OBGYN about the risks and benefits of any hormonal drugs is an important step for managing your breast health and getting the care you need.
For exceptional breast cancer care from screening to diagnosis to treatment to support, rely on Riverside Community Hospital’s Cancer Care Center. As a leading cancer treatment center in the Inland Empire, we are here to provide state-of-the-art care with compassionate patient support and education. For a physician referral in Riverside or guidelines for breast cancer screening, contact us today through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3463.