Don’t Get Burned By the Summer Sun

Sumner Regional Medical CenterSummertime is a vital time to share information on summer skin care and ways to prevent sunburn and the risk of skin cancer in the summer months.  As you work and play in the sunshine, these tips will serve to protect you from the aging and damaging effects of the sun’s rays on your skin.

42% of people acquire sunburn at least once every year. The reddening of your skin is caused by overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV radiation.  Sunburn not only looks bad and hurts, but it causes long-term, wrinkle-inducing damage.  The resulting damage to your DNA can open the path to skin cancer.  And it’s totally preventable.

Sunburn Prevention

  • Use sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher every day.
  • Apply sunscreen over your entire body half an hour before going out.  Reapply every 2 hours.
  • Cover up with clothing, a broad-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.
  • Find and use shade between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
  • DO NOT BURN.

Parents and Young Children

The risk for melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, doubles if a person acquires a serious sunburn when he or she is young.  Protect your children from the sun’s harm as newborns and through their teen years by following these simple A, B, CS:

  • Away from the sun 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Block with SPF of 15 or higher
  • Cover up with clothing and a hat and sunglasses, even for your little ones
  • Speak out and teach others to protect their children and themselves from sun damage

Cloud cover doesn’t protect your skin from the harmful UV radiation of the sun.  UV rays also reflect off the surface of sand, snow, water, and even cement.  If you feel your skin tingling or see any sign of reddening on yourself or your children, get out of the sun.  Apply moisturizing lotion frequently to soothe damaged skin.  Drink plenty of hydrating fluids.

Examine Your Own Skin

You are the best authority on your own skin.  Examine yourself from head to toes once a month to check for irregularities or changes.  Make—and keep—an appointment to see a dermatologist for a professional exam annually.

When you or a loved one needs the latest in cancer treatment technology, comprehensive care and genuine compassion, Sumner Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Center is designed to achieve the highest quality care with you in mind.

Women’s Health Month

Sumner Regional - Women's Health ServicesWomen’s Health Month was created to promote awareness and prevention as a vital weapon in the battle of women’s health. At Sumner Regional Medical Center, we believe that screening tests are the first defense in that battle. Regular screenings for various health conditions are important because problems discovered in their earliest stages are easiest to overcome.

Go Red for Women
Flaunt your colors by going red for women—and fighting heart disease. The key to preventing cardiovascular disease is managing the risk factors that include high blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. Screening tests are the best way to determine your risk factors. Your health care provider often conducts these screenings during your regular visits. Test results that reveal risk factors serve as a warning—it’s time to implement lifestyle changes that minimize those risks. The screenings offer you and your physician an opportunity to apply appropriate treatment before the disease develops. Influencing your health issues before disease is a reality is the positive direction you want to take.

Put on Purple
May is Lupus Awareness Month, and ninety percent of the individuals affected by lupus are women. Lupus is an immune system disease that causes damage and destruction to healthy tissue in various parts of the body. Lupus is a disease that is difficult to diagnose because it has symptoms that imitate many other illnesses. These symptoms come and go, are often masked and can vary over time. Screening tests are invaluable in diagnosing lupus. The symptoms include extreme fatigue, painful, swollen joints, anemia, edema, a “butterfly” face rash or sensitivity to sunlight, among others.  Listen to your body, and if you consider that you may be affected by lupus, discuss the need for tests with your doctor.

Mother-to-be Screenings
The favorite screening test for Mothers-to-be is the ultrasound (or sonogram), where you see images of your growing, unborn baby. You finally get to learn if you’re having a daughter or son, and whether to paint the nursery pink or blue. Screening tests for the mother-to-be can also protect you and your baby from serious complications that may arise during pregnancy.  Your doctor will suggest tests that apply to your personal needs.

Sumner Women’s Associates is making a difference in women’s lives by caring for the medical and surgical needs of women and the management of complex gynecological problems. Contact us at 615-328-3390 to schedule screening tests or other medical needs. Flaunt your colors—red, purple, pink or blue, and help Sumner Women’s Associates celebrate Women’s Health Month!

Sports Physicals: Are They Necessary and What Should I Expect?

Sports Physicals Sumner Co. TNAre you eager to get out there and tear up the track or the turf? First things first: You need to visit your physician for a sports physical.

A sports physical, often called a pre-participation exam, can present you with a clean bill of health for playing the sport of your choice. It can also help you discover and deal with health issues that could interfere with your participating in a particular activity. When you play most sports, your body works hard running, kicking, throwing and swimming. With proper treatment, medication and exercise, even athletes with limiting health issues are able to play safely.

Sports physicals involve two exams—a medical exam and a physical exam. The medical exam consists of answering questions regarding health information, including:

  • Any serious illnesses within your immediate family
  • Any illnesses you’ve had, or that you have now
  • Any previous injuries, surgeries or hospitalizations you’ve had
  • Any allergies you have
  • Any physical difficulties you encounter during exercise
  • Any medications you’re on

Your doctor will also perform a physical exam where he or she will test the following:

  • Your weight and height
  • Your blood pressure
  • Your eyesight
  • Your lungs, ears, nose and throat
  • Your strength, joints and flexibility

Based on the results of your sports physical, your doctor will fill out the form and sign it, allowing you to participate in school or summer sports programs. If you have questions, this exam is a good time to discuss them with the doctor. Your doctor may also have suggestions for strengthening exercises and how to avoid injury. When you have that signed form in hand, you are ready to go out there and be the best teammate you can be!

Sports physicals are just $30 now through August 30.  Appointments are available Monday through Friday, evenings and Saturdays.  Please call (615) 328-3380 to schedule your appointment today. We’ve partnered with BodyGuard Sports Medicine, a comprehensive sports medicine program focused on the treatment and prevention of sports injuries in athletes of all ages. SRMC has been providing excellent healthcare to Sumner County and the surrounding areas for more than fifty years.

Do You Need a Mammogram?

mammograms

Do women really need mammograms? We might all concur that women with a family history of breast cancer should have annual mammograms because of their higher risk associated with that history. And we would agree that women who have found a lump during their breast self-exam, or have other alarming symptoms need breast cancer screening.

But what about the rest of us?  Do we need to set and keep annual mammogram appointments?  Let’s look at some information to decide.

Mammograms are able to reveal breast tumors up to two years before those lumps are of the size where you or your physician can feel them. For women aged 40 to 70, the number of deaths from breast cancer has reduced significantly due to the use of mammograms. With the stated goal of mammograms being early detection of breast cancer, so that treatment may be started before the disease has a chance to spread, wouldn’t you agree that mammograms are of distinct value in women’s health care?

Mammograms require very small doses of radiation.  The risk of harm from this exposure is extremely low, and the benefits almost always outweigh any potential risks.  Let your health care provider and X-ray technician know if there is any possibility that you are pregnant, as any amount of radiation may harm your unborn baby.

Currently mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer when no symptoms or signs exist. The National Cancer Institute recommends that women age 40 and older should have these breast cancer screenings every one to two years. Women at higher risk should discuss with their doctor about whether to have mammograms before the age of 40 and how often to have them.  Mammograms are the most effective way to detect breast cancer early, take only a few seconds to perform, and can help save your life.  Women really do need mammograms. Speak with your doctor about scheduling this important procedure for yourself today.

Sumner Regional is offering $75 Mammogram Screenings for the month of October!

For more information, visit us at www.mysumnermedical.com.

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