cervical health

January is Cervical Health Month at MSCI

Women’s health is an important subject to talk about. January is Cervical Health Month around the country, and MSCI is doing its part to educate our patients on how to enjoy their best health possible. Cervical health involves screening in particular for HPV and cervical cancer. For women, an annual screening can help with early detection and prevention of cervical cancer, and the HPV vaccine can prevent HPV.

Here are a few facts about HPV:

·         Nearly everyone, men and women, will contract HPV at some point in their lives; however, HPV will go away on its own most of the time (9 out of 10 times)

·         HPV affects 79 million Americans

·         When HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems, including genital warts and HPV-related cancers. These include cancers of the penis, vulva, cervix, vagina, or anus

·         Every year, almost 31,000 men and women will develop cancers associated with HPV. Around 28,000 of these cases could be prevented by the HPV vaccine

·         HPV can be spread even when there are no signs or symptoms

·         Symptoms of HPV can develop years after being infected

·         The HPV vaccine can prevent HPV from spreading

·         It is recommended by the CDC that all kids ages 11-12 should get two shots of HPV vaccines, twelve months apart

Cervical cancer is another disease that can be screened. Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV. Detecting cervical cancer usually results in a successful treatment. To screen for cervical cancer, doctors perform a Pap test. The test checks to see if there are any abnormal cells of the cervix, and if detected, doctors can usually begin treatment right away.

If you need to find an OBGYN in Irving, you can contact our specialists Dr. Frans Beltran and Dr. Kristen Carmichael. Both doctors offer comprehensive women’s health services to help women of any age enjoy their best health. You can learn more about both of these doctors by visiting our OBGYN in Irving website. As we mentioned previously, January is an excellent time to schedule important annual medical appointments, including a women’s wellness exam. Talk to one of our Irving OBGYNs if you have any concerns about your health.


American Diabetes Month at MSCI

Diabetes has affected a staggering number of Americans. The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 1 in 11 Americans have diabetes, and when you consider the family members of those suffering from diabetes, it’s reasonable to say that this disease affects nearly everyone in our country. This month, we’re highlighting the dangers of diabetes as well as how common this disease is.

With modern advances, diabetes can be managed, but the consequences of diabetes cannot be understated. Diabetes can cause kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage and more. Because of these complications, diabetes can also cause sores, especially on the feet. Left untreated, these foot ulcers can lead to permanent damage to the tissue and bone, ultimately leading to amputation in some cases.

Diabetes increases the risk of kidney problems. Due to the damage diabetes causes to small blood vessels, kidney functions can be severely hampered and damaged. By regulating blood sugar levels, the chances of developing kidney problems can be controlled; however, kidney problems are an ever-looming issue for those suffering from diabetes.

The third major and most common complication from diabetes is blindness. Again, because of damage to small blood vessels, the eyes are at risk for diabetics. As the tiny blood vessels become more ineffective, blood cannot as easily flow to the retina. While this does not always cause blindness, it is a possibility. As before, this condition is treated by monitoring blood sugar, but there are also procedures involving lasers that can mitigate damage.

The best way to fight diabetes is to make small lifestyle changes. Moving around more often encourages your body to be overall healthier, so when presented with the opportunity, consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator, for instance. Eating healthier can also reduce the chance of diabetes, and eliminating junk food from your diet can go a long way in turning your health around. Sugary drinks, sweets, and fatty foods should be enjoyed in moderation as a special treat, not an everyday indulgence. Finally, if your family has a history of diabetes, be sure to talk to your doctor frequently.

Diabetes can be controlled much more now than in previous generations, but the best way to approach diabetes is to avoid diabetes. Make healthy lifestyle choices and talk to your doctor about an effective plan of attack if you are risk for diabetes. If you already have diabetes, make sure you are constantly checking your blood sugar to minimize the risk of more serious complications. If you are still looking for a doctor, consider scheduling an appointment with one of our doctors and talk to them about your concerns. Contact us today by calling (972) 253-4200.