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One in eight women will be diagnosed
with breast cancer in their lifetime.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
|It's officially fall! It's the perfect time to reflect on how fortunate we are to experience the incredible change in seasons. As we relish in the long and wonderful days of summer, let's appreciate the seasons to come and look forward to all they have to offer. We are saying goodbye to one and hello to another. |
In this issue of our newsletter, we provide details on the walk-in flu clinics we offer in each office location. We discuss the emotional effects of a breast cancer diagnosis. We also provide an article on health clues you may be able to get from your urine. In our Healthy Living section, we share a list of foods and associated calories - and how long it would take to burn them off. We also include information from Androvia LifeSciences - looking for male research participants who will be compensated $500 for their involvement in the study. And, you'll find a new interesting "Medical Fact".
As always, we will continue to provide topics that are current, informative and important to your good health.
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Flu shots are now available to all patients.
We will be offering flu clinics on the following days on a walk-in basis.
Here are the offices, days and times of the clinic:
Mondays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and
Thursdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fridays 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursdays 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mondays 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The clinics will run every week while supplies last.
|Everyone Has A Story
|As most people know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase attention to the wide-spread diagnosis.
What most might not realize is being diagnosed with breast cancer can be devastating to both the individual and the family. There are so many women that have been afflicted from a breast cancer diagnosis - it could be your neighbor, your friend or a stranger walking down the street toward you. Often we witness patient's hardships in our offices, which prompted us share some often misunderstood ways patients may be trying to cope with their, or someone they love's, diagnosis.
When you, or someone you love, are diagnosed with breast cancer, there is an emotional impact - a fear that goes through you and can be consuming. Often, a diagnosis can force someone to not think clearly and be flustered with day to day activities that on a normal day would be easy to handle.
A breast cancer diagnosis can cause uncertainty, anger, numbness and confusion. It can cause someone to have trouble listening to, understanding or remembering what other people tell them during that encounter. Accepting a diagnosis and figuring out what cancer will mean in your life can be overwhelming and challenging.
The person dealing with the diagnosis can be the person right next to you without you even realizing. You might interpret someone as abrupt or even abrasive...but they might be going through someone in their life that you can not comprehend.
Going through cancer, of any kind, involves many emotions including shock, disbelief, fear, anxiety, guilt, sadness, grief, depression and more. Those going through these emotions might use any outlet, or person, available to release these feelings. This is usually not done on purpose. Sometimes, its just a matter of them needing someone to listen.
It a reminder to be kind to the stranger next to you - they might be going through an internal struggle and having trouble coping. Sometimes, just lending an ear or being compassionate to someone that seems frustrated or overwhelmed can make a world of difference.
We witness the struggles our patients face in our offices daily. We make every effort to treat a patient as if they are a family member. A life alternating diagnosis can be difficult to grasp - often it just takes a small gesture, or lending an ear to make a world of difference.
|What Your Urine Can Tell You
Your urine can offer valuable insight into your health. When we ingest food and drinks, the fluid is absorbed by your intestines then travels to your kidneys through your bloodstream.
The kidneys remove toxins and balance potassium, sodium and calcium levels and filters out excess water. These toxins and minerals travel through ureters (small tubes) and into your bladder where turns into urine.
When your bladder is full, nerves signal you have to go. Your brain sends a relaxing message to your pelvic floor muscles, your bladder contracts and your urine flows from your urethra.
If there is a disruption in this flow, it can be a key indicator into your health. Following are some things to look for and monitor:
Clear: You are most likely drinking more water than necessary. Too much hydration can cause health concerns - especially if you are experiencing muscle cramps, fatigue, nausea or confusion - see a doctor asap.
Light Yellow: You are well hydrated.
Dark Yellow to Brown: You are dehydrated - start drinking water asap. If a brown hue continues, it may be a sign there is an issue with your kidneys or liver.
Orange/Blue/Green: Odd colors are typically from taking vitamins or medications or ingesting food dyes. If these colors persist for more than two days, and/or you see light colored stool, see your doctor.
Pink/Red: If these colors are not a result of eating too many beets or berries, it can indicate blood in your urine which could be a sign of a UTI, bladder infection or issues with your kidneys.
Bubbles: If you see frothy bubbles when you urinate, it can signify protein in the urine.
Odor: Some foods and medications can cause your urine to smell more potent. If your urine starts to smell sweet it can be related to diabetes - if it smells more foul, it can indicate a UTI.
Leaking urine or sudden urges to urinate can suggest you have stress incontinence - the urge to urinate when repetitive pressure is put on the bladder, or an overactive bladder - involuntary spasms. You can help alleviate both of these scenarios by practicing kegels to build a strong pelvic floor. Kegels are preformed by squeezing your pee-stopping muscles for 10 seconds, then releasing. Perform kegels as often as you can.
Painful urination along with drips of urine and the sudden urge to urinate can suggest you have a UTI - urinary tract infection, or STI - sexually transmitted disease. Cranberry juice and extracts have been known to help ward off UTI's however for both UTIs and STIs, an antibiotic will most likely be needed if you are diagnosed.
- Always wipe from front to back to ensure you do not bring forward fecal matter into your urethra, which can cause infection. Ensure you do wipe when you go - a very moist environment can lead to yeast infections or UTIs.
- Try not to hold your bladder for too long as a common tactic. It can cause kidney and bladder infections.
- Always urinate after sex to flush out any bacteria and germs.
- Avoid douching - it can alter your vaginal flora.
If you have any questions or concerns schedule an appointment with Dr. Romero, our on-staff urogynecologist, one of the only board-certified uros in NJ.
|Healthy Living: Walk It Off
Anthony Schneck of Thrillist
, recently wrote an article on "How Many Steps It Takes To Burn Off 13 Of Your Favorite Foods". We capture some of the key take-aways here - with a link to the full article below:
This article took a look at the number of calories in 13 commonly consumed foods and drinks and evaluated how many steps (and miles) it would take to walk off those calories. They used an average of 2,000 steps for a mile and about 89 calories burned per mile walked. They are not perfect measurements; the estimates depend on your height, weight, gender, atmospheric conditions, etc.
Following is an abbreviated list of those 13 foods and drinks:
Can of Coke: 140 calories; 1.57 miles; 3,140 steps
Naked Juice (Blue Machine): 170 calories; 1.91 miles; 3,820 steps
Snickers Bar: 215 calories; 2.42 miles; 4,840 steps
Grande Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino: 410 calories; 4.61 miles; 9,220 steps
Big Mac: 540 calories; 6.07 miles; 12,140 steps
Shake Shack Chocolate Shake: 740 calories; 8.31 miles; 16,620 steps
Five Guys Cheeseburger: 840 calories; 9.44 miles; 18,880 steps
Chipotle Chicken Burrito (no guac): 1,050 calories; 11.8 miles; 32,600 steps
Outback Bloomin Onion: 1,954 calories; 21.96 miles; 43,920 steps.
Not only do the calories consumed contribute to weight gain, it's also the type of calories consumed. There is a big difference between eating an apple (100 calories) or a 100 calorie processed cookie pack. Your body can utilize the fuel from one (the apple) much more readily than the other (cookie pack).
| Seeking Male Research Participants
Androvia LifeSciences is a research based company focused on helping men, and couples alike, find answers for issues surrounding fertility. Infertility is a real problem for some men and women trying to conceive. Up to 15% of couples in the United States are infertile. Unfortunately, most of the research, treatment, education and support for infertility is female based. Androvia LifeSciences is looking to change that with male participants.
Androvia LifeSciences is seeking male donors to submit semen to help finalize their research project. The sample provided will only be utilized for laboratory conducted research and will be discarded immediately. Each donor will be compensated $500 for his time and effort.
Your personal information and donated sample will be carefully protected and remain completely confidential. On the day of your appointment, you will have the option to collect at home and drop the sample off or collect in office in Mountainside, NJ.
Each donor is required to bring proof of fertility by means of a note from your doctor's office confirming your partner's pregnancy or proof of having fathered a child within the past 24 months.
If you or your partner is interested in participating or hearing more about Androvia's research project, please contact Alana at Androvia LifeSciences and mention you were referred by The Rubino OB/GYN Group: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; 646-747-9105.
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