June is Men’s Health Month and a good opportunity to highlight health conditions, which are important to understand and discuss with your health care provider. Testicular cancer is one of the leading causes of death in men in the United States and is the most common cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 34. Testicular cancer occurs in the testicles, which are located inside the scrotum. The good news is testicular cancer is highly treatable and annual examinations can help detect testicular cancer early.
In the U.S. someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds – or 800,000 strokes each year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is one of the leading causes of death and disability and can strike at any time. Nearly 25 percent of all strokes happen to people under the age of 65. The good news – as many as 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by working with a health care provider to properly manage risk factors.
What is a stroke?
Sherry Wimberly grew up with a love for horses and started riding at the age of three. Her father nurtured that love as he drove her from Oklahoma City to Norman every chance they had to take Sherry riding. She went on to compete in rodeos across Oklahoma as a barrel racer. In 2006, horses came back into Sherry’s life when she and her husband purchased land in Claremore. Working on the farm, however, was beginning to be too difficult for Sherry. “I’d already quit smoking in 1998 and I didn’t realize how out of shape I was,” she says.
Whether it is in front of the computer at work, behind the wheel on the way home or watching our favorite show later that night, sitting is a large part of our day, but it is taking a toll on our health. The average American sits 8 hours a day. That is quite a stretch of time when our bodies could benefit from movement, physical activity or even standing. This sedentary period of time, researchers have found, can increase our risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, cancer and even death.
More than 280,000 people suffer cardiac arrest each year, with 80 percent of those cases occurring outside the hospital. As a result, survival rates are very low – less than 10 percent, according to the American Heart Association.
The National Cancer Institute recommends women over the age of 40 get a mammogram screening every one to two years. However, not all women heed this recommendation.
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab helps patients reduce their risk of future heart events, alleviate pain from heart surgery and improve recovery and symptoms of disease. Patients come to weekly rehab sessions to help their hearts and their lungs, but at Hillcrest Claremore they have an opportunity to be engaged with the program for another reason – the annual Summer Distance Challenge. The challenge encourages patients to get more out of their exercise routines and push themselves a little harder. This year the theme was “Route 66.”