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Medically reviewed by Noel Phipps, MD Florence Radiological Associates

Dense breasts were once thought to raise the risk of breast cancer so dramatically that nearly half the states have laws (NC has a law; SC is considering one) requiring a woman’s doctor to talk to her about screening in addition to mammograms.

Surgical Options for Breast Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Joseph Pearson, MD Pee Dee Surgical Group

Nearly every woman diagnosed with breast cancer has surgery – even if they also have radiation, hormone therapy, targeted drug therapy or chemotherapy. Lets review a woman's surgical options.

Minimally invasive Hysterectomy

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Charlesd Tatum, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

It was more than 2 decades ago that a surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus with small incisions was first introduced. Yet, in 2010 nearly 60% of the hysterectomy surgery in the US were still being performed with long incisions across a woman’s stomach. Although the traditional approach to hysterectomies can be medically required in some cases, most women are excellent candidates for the newer technique.

Surgically Fixing Carotid Arteries

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

A blocked carotid artery in your neck can trigger a stroke. However, McLeod Vascular Surgeon Christopher Cunningham, MD, says the fix is easy with little pain:

Precautions to take after Total Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Barry Clark, DO Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

“Life after total joint replacement of a knee or hip can be great – if you follow your therapy to regain strength and balance and take some precautions,” says McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Barry Clark, DO. “The precautions are largely meant to avoid stressing your new joint until healing and recovery are well on their way.”

Don’t Shrink from Treating Uterine Fibroids

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Michael Davidson, MD McLeod Women’s Care

Not long ago, Brenda thought it was just part of being a woman. Not just her monthly period, but the pain and bleeding that bothered her throughout the month. Some days Brenda couldn’t work. She missed her daughter’s dance recital. Her constant need for a bathroom made her hesitate to go out with friends. And her pain took the romance out of sex with her husband.

Symptoms of Strokes

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Don’t ignore temporary blindness, paralysis or trouble understanding or speaking to people. These could be signs of a stroke. Spotting and treating strokes quickly is important to saving a life.

Your Love Life After Hip or Knee Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopedics Florence

Pain and limited movement caused by osteoarthritis in a knee or hip can limit life in many ways – intimacy with your spouse or partner is just one of those ways.

10 Years of Tamoxifen: Good News...

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Michael Pavy, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

In the 1970s, research was undertaken on the drug Tamoxifen as a possible way to help prevent breast cancer in women with a high risk. Results of those studies showed that women, who took the anti-estrogen drug for 5 years experienced a 50% reduction in cancers, compared to those who did not get Tamoxifen. High-risk women include those who had a mother or sister with breast cancer.

Stroke Danger and the Carotid Artery

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

There are 3 types of strokes: hemorrhagic, caused by bleeding; embolic, when a solid piece of plaque breaks off and blocks blood to your brain; and the embolic stroke triggered in your carotid artery. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Christopher Cunningham, MD, explains the carotid embolic stroke:

Medically reviewed by Michael Davidson, MD McLeod Women’s Care

Snickering aside, women should be grateful to Gynecologist Arnold Kegel. In the late 1940s, he developed an exercise for pelvic muscles that offers women huge benefits. Studies show that 70% of women with stress incontinence who use the Kegel exercise will see improvement. Beyond the leakage issue, Kegels can prepare a pregnant woman’s body for labor and improve your sex life.

Preventing Breast Cancer with Tamoxifen

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Michael Pavy, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

Not only have we made great strides in treating women with breast cancer but today women, who have a high risk of the disease, are much better off thanks to pharmaceutical breakthroughs. McLeod Oncologist Dr. Michael Pavy describes the new hope for women at high risk of breast cancer:

Medically reviewed by Adnan Alsaka, MD McLeod Nephrology Associates

Most people know that a cardiologist is concerned with the heart. Or a gynecologist, women. Or a urologist, bladder and its problems. But a nephrologist? Not so many.

Reasons You Need Total Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Michael Sutton, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

Total knee or hip replacements, formerly done mostly on people between 60 and 80, are now being done on many active people younger than 60 and, yes, individuals older than 80, who don’t want to lose their mobility.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Don’t Wait

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Charles Tatum, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Pelvic Prolapse is shorthand for the condition when a woman’s bladder, uterus or vagina slip.

3 Tips on Preventing Colon Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Timothy Spurling, MD Florence Gastroenterology Associates

“The best way to prevent colon cancer is to have a screening colonoscopy,” says McLeod Gastroenterologist Dr. Timothy Spurling. “If we find and remove polyps, we prevented them from turning into colon cancer. I also have three other tips to lower your risk.”

Arthritis Meds and FDA Warning

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Michael Sutton, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

In early 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered stronger warning labels on non-prescription NSAIDs.

Learn the Type of Strokes

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Our region has much to be proud of. However, being #1 in the county for arterial diseases, such as strokes, is not an honor so much as an indication we can do better. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Christopher Cunningham, MD offers this important background.

Schedule a Colonoscopy

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Timothy Spurling, MD Florence Gastroenterology Associates

Colon cancer – tumors in the lower part of the large intestine – is only the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. However, it ranks second as the cause for deaths due to cancer.

Tips on Exercising After TJR

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Nigel Watt, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Exercise is a key to successful recovery after a knee or hip joint replacement. The goals are simple, but essential:

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