Why breast self-exams are important (and how to do them)

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When it comes to early detection, regularly examining how your breasts look and feel for abnormalities is crucial. In fact, women often discover many problems themselves first. And, the earlier you find breast cancer, the better!

In addition to going for mammograms and annual check-ups, experts recommend that all adult women—beginning at age 18—perform monthly breast self-exams to check for lumps and other changes that might indicate the presence of breast cancer.

Continue the practice of giving yourself a breast self-exam throughout your life, even during pregnancy and after you go through menopause. Performing breast self-exams on a set, regular schedule will help you notice when things don’t look or feel quite right.

Keep reading to learn more about the importance of breast self-exams and what to look out for.

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Types of breast cancer surgery

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Everyone experiences feelings of shock and disbelief after getting a breast cancer diagnosis. Lots of different things will race through your mind.

Every person’s treatment protocol is customized based on what will best help them battle their breast cancer.

For some patients, breast cancer surgery may be a crucial part of their treatment plan, in combination with interventions like chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy, and targeted therapy.

4 things you need to know about mammograms

Keep reading to learn more about the most common surgical procedures involved in breast cancer treatment.

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Tips for avoiding readmission to the hospital

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Most of the time no one wants to go to the hospital, and nobody especially wants to have to return after they have been discharged.

Sometimes, though, it does happen because not all readmission and emergency room visits are avoidable.

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The best exercises to keep your joints healthy

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This article is part of the Ultimate Guide to Knee Replacement from Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Back in 1687, Sir Isaac Newton proposed the law of inertia: “A body at rest tends to remain at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion.”

Though Newton was talking about physics, his explanation also applies to how the human body works. As you age, the secret to keeping moving is to keep moving. In your body, it’s the joints that help make everyday movements—big and small—possible. Joints are the fibrous connective tissues that hold your bones together.

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Tips for preparing for surgery if you're overweight

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Being overweight is a health issue can affect your day-to-day general health, but it's a condition that can make surgery significantly more challenging. Additionally, carrying extra pounds will also increase your chance of surgical complications, including forming dangerous blood clots and developing postoperative infections.

For an easier surgery and recovery, Logansport Memorial Hospital offers a weight-loss program—called Health Management Resources (HMR)—that can help you get prepared. 

Keep reading to learn how being overweight may cause problems during your operation and potentially slow your recovery.

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