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Reduce Your Risk for Cervical Cancer

January 30, 2017 in News

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and we want to tell you about four things that may help reduce your risk for cervical cancer.

What is the cervix?

The cervix is a narrow passage at the end of the uterus, which opens into the vagina.

Cervical Cancer Symptoms and Diagnosis

Cervical cancer most often affects women younger than age 50, although about 20% of cervical cancers are diagnosed in women older than 65. The most common symptoms of cervical cancer are: abnormal vaginal bleeding (take note of anything that doesn’t seem normal for you), abnormal vaginal discharge, and pain during or after sex.

How to Reduce Your Risk for Cervical Center

There is no guaranteed way to prevent cervical cancer, but there are some things you can do to reduce your risk including:

  • Get Tested There are two tests that are used to screen for cervical cancer: a Pap test and an HPV test. During a Pap test, a sample of cells is taken from the cervix and tested for cancer or other conditions that may develop into cancer. An HPV test looks for the human papillomavirus, which can cause cell changes that may turn into cervical cancer. Your doctor may recommend these tests every three or five years if you’ve had normal results before.
  • Consider an HPV Vaccine There are two HPV vaccines that protect against the types of HPV that cause most cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. The vaccines are given in three separate doses and are recommended for girls aged 11-12, but may also be given until age 26. Talk with your doctor and determine if these vaccines are right for you.
  • Don’t Smoke If you are a smoker, now is the time to quit. The human body begins to repair itself as soon as hours after your last cigarette. Smoking increases the risk of cervical cancer, and all other types of cancer
  • Live a Healthy Lifestyle Maintain a healthy weight, ensure your diet includes many fresh fruits and vegetables, and get regular exercise. These lifestyle choices can lower your risk for cervical cancer as well as many other diseases and conditions.

Know Your Risk, Talk With Your Doctor

Cervical cancer is more common in the following groups of women:

  • Women with HPV, lowered immune systems, or genital herpes
  • Black, Hispanic, and American Indian women
  • Women who smoke
  • Women younger than 50, especially between the late teens and mid-30s

Know your personal risk and talk with your doctor about the screening tests that are right for you and how you can reduce your risk of cervical cancer.

Do You Know What Your Thyroid Does?

January 25, 2017 in News

You’ve heard of a thyroid, but do you know just how important that little butterfly-shaped gland is? January is Thyroid Awareness Month, which makes it a great time to learn about what the thyroid does, and how you can identify potential thyroid problems.

What is a thyroid?

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located on the neck below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid secretes hormones, which influence many vital body functions including metabolism, menstrual cycles, heart rate, cholesterol levels, and body temperature.

Surprising Symptoms of Thyroid Problems

The thyroid may become overactive (known as hyperthyroidism) or underactive (known as hypothyroidism). There are many possible symptoms of a thyroid that is not working properly—some may be surprising—including:

  • Mood changes including anxiety, irritability, nervousness, or depression
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Trouble sleeping, excessive tiredness or fatigue
  • Dry skin and hair, or hair loss
  • Changes to the menstrual cycle including missed or light periods, or frequent or heavy periods

Your Risk for Thyroid Problems

A thyroid condition can affect men and women of all ages however, there are certain risk factors, which increase your risk including:

  • Being female (women are 5 times more likely to develop a thyroid condition)
  • Being over age 60
  • Having a personal or family history or thyroid problems, or autoimmune disease
  • A recent pregnancy
  • Radiation exposure to the neck

If You Suspect Thyroid Problems

Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and decide if additional testing is right for you. Your doctor may recommend an ultrasound or a biopsy procedure to provide additional information about your thyroid function. Raleigh Radiology offers these procedures and more at seven convenient imaging centers in the NC triangle.

Barrett Drive Breast Center Set To Close

October 19, 2016 in News

barrett-driveRaleigh Radiology is proud to be a provider of Women’s Imaging in the North Hills area of Raleigh, NC for more than 20 years. We provide care to countless women that we come to know on a personal level and appreciate as a part of our family.

With the relocation of many referring physician groups in the North Hills area and an ever-changing marketplace, Raleigh Radiology has decided to close our Breast Center location on Barrett Drive and focus our efforts on our other centers and future growth. The Breast Center will officially close on October 21, 2016.

breast-center-waitingSome of our patients opted to schedule your annual mammogram at the Raleigh Radiology Breast Center at your last appointment.   If you have an appointment scheduled at the Breast Center, our scheduling team will call you to get that appointment rescheduled at a time and location of your choice.

If you have not scheduled your appointment for your next annual mammogram, please call one of the following numbers to get on the schedule so you don’t miss this important screening exam.

Convenient Options for Scheduling Your Screening Mammogram

Phone:  919-781-1437
Phone:  919-877-5400
Scheduling Hours: Monday – Friday , 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Or schedule online: by clicking here.

Raleigh Radiology has imaging centers conveniently located throughout Wake County and Clayton. We will be happy to schedule your mammogram at the location best suited to your needs. Visit our locations page to familiarize yourself with all of our locations.

The same radiologists who interpret Raleigh Radiology Breast Center mammograms will interpret your mammograms at any of the other locations. All of your prior mammograms/Bone Density studies are digitally stored and will be available for comparison, so you don’t have to worry about transferring your images to another provider.

The Latest Technology

Many of our locations offer 3D Mammography™ Technology, the latest technology in breast imaging. It allows the radiologists to better see the different structures as well as location, size and shape of abnormal tissue. This technology allows more cancers to be found at earlier stages when they are more treatable and reduces the chance of a false positive exam requiring additional imaging thus reducing patient anxiety. Ask your physician if this exam is right for you.

Raleigh Radiology has been the community leader in breast imaging for decades and we thank you for being a loyal and much appreciated patient of Raleigh Radiology.

We look forward to caring for you and your family in the future.