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Know the risk factors for breast cancer

PIKEVILLE — This year, more than 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and 2,350 new cases will be diagnosed in men in the U. S. The Kentucky Cancer Registry indicates that more than 100 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Pike County. The risks of breast cancer are many, and some are uncontrollable. According to Susan G. Komen, the most common risk factors for women include: Getting olderHaving an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 breast cancer geneA personal history of breast or ovarian cancerA family history of breast, ovarian or prostate cancerBeginning menopause after age 55Having a first child after age 35Excess radiation exposureHigh bone densityBeing overweight after menopause or gaining weight as an adultPostmenopausal hormone use of estrogen or estrogen plus progestin Warning more on this story...  

Lokomat machine helping patients regain mobility

PIKEVILLE — David King, 36, and Tracy Blackburn, 57, both of Pike County, are pleased with the treatment they are receiving at the Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Rehabilitation Hospital. Both patients are making great strides with the hospital’s Lokomat machine, which automates locomotion therapy on a treadmill. King was involved in a car accident three years ago, breaking his neck in two places and leaving him paralyzed. Blackburn was involved in a four-wheeler accident two years ago, breaking his leg, dislocating his shoulder and leaving him partially paralyzed. King’s and Blackburn’s therapies involve the Lokomat machine. There are only 88 Lokomat machines in the United States. PMC is the only facility offering Lokomat therapy for adult and pediatric patients in eastern Kentucky. The Lokomat is intended for patients, ages four and up, who have more on this story...  

Ask your doctor when to begin breast cancer screening exams

Making changes in your daily life may help reduce your risk of breast cancer. Try to: •Ask your doctor about breast cancer screening. Discuss with your doctor when to begin breast cancer screening exams and tests, such as clinical breast exams and mammograms. •Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of screening. Together, you can decide what breast cancer screening strategies are right for you. •Become familiar with your breasts through breast self-exam for breast awareness.  Women may choose to become familiar with their breasts by occasionally inspecting their breasts during a breast self-exam for breast awareness. If there is a new change, lumps or other unusual signs in your breasts, talk to your doctor promptly. Breast awareness can’t prevent breast cancer, but it may help you to more on this story...  

PMC physicians named to 2015-16 Best Doctors In America® list

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center’s Ruth Lavigne, MD, radiation oncologist, and Bill Harris, MD, interventional cardiologist, have been named among the Best Doctors in America® for 2015-2016.   The prestigious recognition marks the fifth time that both Dr. Lavigne and Dr. Harris have earned this honor. The highly regarded Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup® results from exhaustive polling of over 40,000 physicians in the United States. In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”  Best Doctors, Inc. ,  evaluates the review results, and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria.     Best Doctors has earned a sterling reputation for reliable, impartial results by remaining totally independent. Best Doctors works with the best more on this story...  

PMC encourages women to ‘take control’

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing National Women’s Health and Fitness Day on September 30. According to FitnessDay. com, this day focuses attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women. “As women, we need to realize that we can’t take good care of others in our lives unless we first take care of ourselves,” said PMC OB/GYN Angela Maggard, MD. “The goal of Women’s Health and Fitness Day is to encourage women to take control of their health, learn the facts they need to make smart choices and to make time for regular physical activity. ” Health Magazine lists ways to celebrate National Women’s Health and Fitness Day: •Try a new sport Get your thyroid checked •Eat some super foods •Take more on this story...  

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