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Alzheimer's    Breast cancer    Cancer    Cervical cancer    Mammograms    Prostate   
ALZHEIMER'S

PREVENTING ALZHEIMER'S:
If you're a woman past menopause:

____ Ask your doctor about taking estrogren replacement therapy and/or the herb rosemary - may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's

TREATING ALZHEIMER'S:
____ Watch for the following symptom:
          - Memory loss - usually the first sign
____ Ask your doctor about taking Vitamin E supplement - to slow the progress of the disease

Caring for patients:
____ Don't tell them that they're wrong
____ Contact the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org or 800 272-3900) (determine the chapter nearest you)

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BREAST CANCER
Also see CANCER

- Approx. 44,000 women die of breast cancer each year

Prevention:
____ Exercise vigorously at least three times a week - has been shown to reduce breast cancer 40%
____ Consider using birth control pills - might reduce risk of breast cancer
____ Avoid alcohol - one study indicated a 10% increase in risk of breast cancer for every drink you have daily

After age 35:
If you have any of the following risk factors for breast cancer:
          - Family history of breast cancer
          - Having non-cancerous breast disease
          - Prior breast cancer
          - Have especially dense breast tissue
          - Had first child after you were 30 years old
____ Ask your doctor about getting your first mammogram and getting mammograms annually for the rest of your life

After age 40:
____ Ask your doctor about getting your first mammogram and getting mammograms annually for the rest of your life

TREATMENT:
If your have a strong family history of breast cancer:

____ Ask your doctor about getting a genetic test to determine if you have the defective gene which causes ovarian cancer
____ Contact the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland to get referred to a qualified genetic counselor
____ Consult with a qualified genetic counselor

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CANCER
Also see: BREAST CANCER, CERVICAL CANCER, COLON, LUNG, OVARIAN, PROSTATE, SKIN

PREVENTION:
Regularly
:
____ Eat or drink:
          - Garlic - might reduce risk of cancer
          - Tomato-based foods
          - Orange juice - might reduce risk of cancer
          - Pasta - might reduce risk of colon cancer
____ Reduce consumption of fat
____ Exercise

TREATMENT:
For head, neck, abdomen, chest, prostate, etc.:

____ Ask your doctor about proton radiation therapy (focused beams)

For more info:
____ Check cancer links

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CERVICAL CANCER
Also see CANCER

- Second to breast cancer as the most common malignancy

____ Delay the start of sexual activity - Women who start sexual activity before age of 18 are more likely to develop cervical cancer from an human papilloma virus (HPV))
____ Get regular pap smear tests
____ Practice safe sex , e.g.: use a condom
____ Limit number of sexual partners

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PROSTATE
Also see: URINATION

PROSTATE CANCER - PREVENTION:
- approx. 1 of every 10 men will contract prostate cancer
Regularly:
____ Consider eating more tomato-based foods - eating at least 10 servings a week may reduce risk of prostate cancer by 45%
____ Look for the following symptoms:
          - Difficulty with urination, e.g., having to get up at night, frequent urination, urgent urination

After 35 years old, yearly:
____ Get a rectal exam - can also help detect rectal cancer, hidden blood in stool
____ Consider getting a blood test to check for elevated levels of prostatic-specific antagens

PROSTATE CANCER - TREATMENT:
____ Ask your doctor about combining radiation with a hormone-blocking drug

ENLARGED PROSTATE:
- Symptoms of an enlarged prostate send approx. 6 million men to the doctor every year in the U.S.
- Half of all men can expect to have signs of an enlarged prostate by age 50

If you have one or more of the following symptoms:
          - Straining to urinate
          - Needing to urinate frequently
          - Pain and a burning sensation while urinating
          - A feeling that the bladder doesn't fully void
____ Have your doctor determine if your prostate is enlarged
If your prostate is enlarged:
____ Ask your doctor about microwave treatment - appears to reduce the possibility of retrograde ejaculation, impotence and incontinence - can be done as an outpatient

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