You may have seen the term “BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 testing” being used on the internet in regard to breast cancer, but are you unsure about what it means? The simple explanation is this: BRCA1 and BRCA 2 are genes that help repair damaged DNA. Damaged DNA can lead to tumor growth. When either of these genes do not function properly, cells are more likely to develop genetic alterations that can lead to cancer.
It is possible to test for BRCA 1 & 2 mutations, but is it necessary for you? Having all of the information can help you make an informed decision.
The team at Associates in Womens Health will be participating in the 2017 Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure® on Sunday, October 8th. We encourage all of you to join us in this cause!
As common as uterine fibroids are, it was only a matter of time before a month was dedicated to it in an effort to help raise awareness, research, and funding. If you’re not familiar with the condition, you may be surprised to learn that by age 50, as many as 70% of white females and 80% of African American females have had fibroids. And if you are familiar with it, you most likely know there are many powerful and successful treatment options available to conquer the condition.
Often times, uterine polyps and uterine fibroids are categorized as the same condition. However, these two reproductive health issues are very different in their nature and how they’re treated.
In order to understand the differences, we must first understand each condition.
Nearly everyone will experience some type of stress in their lives. Stress can be caused by a variety of factors including, work, money, health, family and a laundry list of other items that are often unavoidable. You may know that long periods of stress and anxiety can leave you feeling tired and worn out, but did you know that it can have serious long-term effects on your health?
As a mom, you’re dedicated to knowing your child’s medical history to ensure they stay as healthy as possible. You probably even track what they eat, drink, and breathe, just to make sure you’re preventing every ailment you can. But, do you ever think about your own mother’s medical history and how it may affect both you and your children?
This Mother’s Day, take a step back and ask a few questions that can help gain valuable insight into your family’s health patterns for generations to come.
2017 Office Holiday Closings:
- Monday, May 29, 2017 – closed all day
- Tuesday, July 4, 2017 – closed all day
- Monday, September 4, 2017 – closed all day
- Thursday, November 23, 2017 – closed all day
- Friday, November 24, 2017 – closed all day
- Monday, December 25, 2017 – closed all day
- Monday, January 1, 2018 – closed all day
During these times, patients can still access our patient portal and someone from our office will respond as soon as possible.
Our Emergency & After Hours Phone Number is: (402) 559-3012
Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in the U.S. Approximately 140,000 people are diagnosed with it each year, and 50,000 die from it. Since 2000, March has been designated as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with blue as its ribbon color. Each year, many organizations including the Colon Cancer Alliance join together to plan events, fundraiser, and spread the word.
Could My Infertility be Caused by Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a much more prevalent issue than many people might think. In fact, fewer than 1/3 of women know what endometriosis is, despite it affecting approximately one out of every ten women in the United States.
Endometriosis occurs when uterine tissue begins to grow outside of the uterus. Because this tissue responds to a woman’s menstrual cycle, symptoms can be confused with period pain. Since the tissue has no way of leaving the body, lesions, scar tissue and inflammation can occur. All of these symptoms could potentially lead to infertility.
Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women.