Breast Cancer Screenings – Preemptive Medicine At Its Best

Gallatin, TN Imaging at Sumner Station - Women's Imaging Services and MammogramsDid you know that cancer screenings help discover cancer before there are any signs or symptoms?  Breast cancer screenings in the Gallatin, Tennessee at Imaging for Women at Sumner Station accomplish just that.

There are three main tests that screen for breast cancer.

  • Mammogram – an X-ray of the breasts are the best means of detecting breast cancer early while it’s still easy to treat.  A mammogram can detect cancer before it’s grown enough to feel in a clinical or self-breast exam, and before symptoms are revealed.
  • Clinical Breast Exam – this hands-on exam is conducted by your doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional, and checks for lumps or changes in the breasts.  Both underarms are examined as well, to check for enlarged lymph nodes.
  • Breast Self Exam – checking your own breasts and both underarms for any changes or lumps.  If you notice anything different during these monthly self-exams, contact your physician right away.

The earlier breast cancer is discovered, the better the chances that treatment will be successful.  A screening mammogram looks for breast disease in women who don’t have breast health problems.  A diagnostic mammogram further examines an abnormal result during a screening.  Mammograms use very little radiation, and greatly lower the risk of complications from breast cancer.

Discuss these cancer screenings with your doctor, decide which are right for you and when you should have them.  This is a general guideline for testing:

  • Breast Self Exam – start at age 20
  • Mammogram – first one at 40 years of age, and every year after as long as you maintain good health
  • Clinical Breast Exam – every year after age 40

Remember that the goal of screenings is to find cancer before it has a chance to cause symptoms.  Schedule and follow through with your screenings, and encourage those you love to do the same.  Screenings save lives. That is a fact.

Imaging for Women at Sumner Station in Gallatin, TN provides comprehensive cancer screenings and mammograms close to home.  For cancer-related information, education and support call 615-328-3360.

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Same-Day Surgery – Is It For You?

Same Day Surgery Center in Gallatin, TNDid you know that it’s difficult to validate the quality of care extended in free-standing Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) as compared to your local hospital and its affiliated same-day surgery center?  Though they are part of a highly regulated industry, these free-standing surgical centers are not at this time required to report information regarding the outcomes of procedures performed in their facilities.  ASCs started submitting quality data to CMS in 2012, but CMS hasn’t released the complete information.  Insufficient information stops accurate assessment of ASC’s care levels.

The quality of care is highly documented for your local, hospital-based surgery center in Gallatin, Tennessee. The benefits of receiving treatment at Sumner Regional’s Same Day Surgery start with the peace of mind that comes in knowing you’re connected to the resources of a full-service medical facility. You receive the same quality of care as a patient in the hospital, with the convenience of recuperating at home, including:

  • Superb care from our outstanding medical teams.
  • Superb competence from our physicians and professional staff.
  • Less cost with no hospital stay involved.

When an overnight or extended hospital stay isn’t required following your surgery, Sumner Regional’s Same Day Surgery Center is where you want to be.  With the wide range of surgical procedures and numerous specialties performed here, when you and your doctor agree that outpatient surgery is right for you, Sumner Regional Same Day Surgery is your best option.

Schedule your same-day surgery and you’ll recognize the convenience.

  • Easy check-in
  • Receive your treatment on schedule
  • Your recovery is closely monitored
  • Clear and detailed instructions are given upon your release for care and recuperation in your own home

We make certain all this is as convenient for you as possible and that you’re confident in knowing what to expect while you recover in the comfort and privacy of your home.

When you need surgery, contact Sumner Regional Medical Center Same Day Surgery at 615-230-5096.  With the same high-quality care received in our hospital, at up to 25% less cost, and the convenience of going home after a short time of recovery, you’ll reap all the benefits that comes with knowing you’re in the best of skilled, competent, caring hands.

The Bountiful Benefits of Breastfeeding

Sumner Regional Medical Center - Breastfeeding and Birthing Classes Available in TennesseeAugust is National Breastfeeding Month, and Sumner Regional Medical Center joins in celebrating the amazing benefits of mother’s milk.  Everything your baby needs for nutrition in the first six months of life is supplied by this miracle fluid.

Marian Thompson, one of the founders of La Leche League, stated that the variety of health benefits from breastfeeding favorably affect both mother and newborn.  This statement has been proven by personal experience for thousands of years, and through many studies during the past 200 years.  These findings are both fascinating and well-founded.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby

  • Baby receives the perfect balance of vitamins, protein and fat in easily digested nutrients for growth and development
  • Baby’s immune system is strengthened by the antibodies present in Mother’s breast milk
  • When breastfed for at least the first six months of life, Baby suffers fewer infections and allergies
  • Childhood issues such as diabetes and obesity are less likely to develop
  • Breast milk is even shown to improve brain development

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mother

  • Quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight
  • Reduction of risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and stroke
  • Lowers risk of breast and ovarian cancers
  • May lower risk of osteoporosis
  • Alleviates stress
  • Time and cost savings – no preparing of bottles; no purchasing of formula: gives time to feed Baby, and bond together

Breastfeeding is special for so many reasons.  The physical closeness results in a treasured bond between Mother and Baby.  Offering nutrition only Mother can provide results in skin-to-skin contact and lots of loving eye contact.  The health and relational benefits to both Mother and Baby can last for a lifetime.

Sumner Regional Medical Center provides a Breastfeeding Basics Class on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 9 PM.  These free, beneficial classes are recommended for mothers-to-be during the 6th – 8th months of pregnancy.  Spouses and support friends or family members are welcome.

Special Delivery 101, a Prepared Childbirth Class, is offered on the first four consecutive Mondays every month.  From 6:30 to 9 PM, these free classes extend information regarding pregnancy, labor, delivery and newborn care.  Spouses, support friends and family members are welcome.  Attendance is recommended during the 7th or 8th month of pregnancy.

For more information about our breastfeeding and childbirth classes, including schedules or to register, call 615-328-4123. SRMC stands ready to support mothers in their decision to breastfeed their babies.  We’ll face your challenges with you in those first few weeks and help you succeed at giving your baby – and yourself – the bountiful benefits of breastfeeding.

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!