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Importance of a Prostate Exam in Detecting Prostate Cancer

Detect prostate cancer early with an exam

As you get older, keeping up with your health becomes much more important. That’s why it’s vital to get the health screenings that can identify serious illnesses, perhaps long become they become severe cases.

For men, the most prevalent form of cancer is prostate cancer, with 3 million cases occurring in the U.S. every year. Fortunately, it can often be diagnosed early in men who undergo a prostate exam.

Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction

What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is a surgical procedure that removes fat, breast tissue and skin from the breast. This reduces breast cup size and weight, while at the same time lifting, reshaping and repositioning the nipple/areolar complex to a more youthful position.

While there is a large population of women that may want to augment their breast size by adding volume, there is an equally large number of women that want to reduce the size and weight of their breasts.

Preventing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Preventing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

As I drop my children off for school, walk through an airport or look out into my office waiting room, I see people of all ages wearing various types of headphones and listening to their phones or tablets. As the surrounding environment becomes noisier and noisier, the volume of the device slowly increases to maintain the clarity of the sound. Currently, the CDC has shown that one out of 10 children aged 6 through 19 is experiencing some level of noise-induced hearing loss.

Advancing Surgical Thyroid Options

Last year for Thyroid Awareness Month, I wrote about the advances in ultrasound and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy to identify patients requiring surgery for thyroid cancer. This year I would like to introduce next-generation sequencing (NGS). NGS can look at variable genetic alterations within a thyroid FNA specimen and provides a comprehensive understanding of tumor biology.

 

Gout for the holidays? No, thank you.

As we quickly approach the holiday season, I hope that many of my patients will be experiencing much-needed relaxation and quality time with friends and family. However, they may also celebrate with some little overindulgences in fine food and alcohol, which could lead to another unwelcomed holiday gift. This is the time of year I often get phone calls from patients experiencing pain, redness and swelling in their toes or foot with no memory of how it could have happened.

Get Your Child Caught up on Vaccinations as School Starts

It’s not too late! There is still plenty of time to get your child caught up on vaccines as school starts. With the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents have missed their child’s annual pediatric visit, which may have led to missed immunizations. Texas schools cannot require your child to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but they do require children to be up to date on other vaccines before school starts.