If you are one of the growing numbers of women who regularly visit their gynecologist or obstetrician for routine pelvic examinations, pap tests, and mammograms, you are part of the good news that is taking place in women's health. The growing prevalence of women being proactive in their health by taking part in health screenings has led to earlier detection of breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes, bone diseases and other disorders, preventing and/or delaying onset of disease and improving cancer survival rates.
Prevention is the heart of healthcare, however, when prevention is no longer an option and you have been diagnosed with a disease, then the goal becomes providing you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your health care.With improved technology and treatment, people are now living with many diseases such as, diabetes and cancer as a chronic disease. Unfortunately, even with the best of care, these diseases can cause problems with wounds. Diabetes can affect your circulation and impair the healing process so even a scrape may not heal well. Loss of sensation to your lower extremities and feet may make you unaware that a wound is developing until the wound becomes problematic. Infection is a common complication in diabetic foot ulcers and can lead to infection in your bones, a condition called osteomyelitis. One of the cornerstones of cancer treatment is radiation. Radiation must be calculated in a dose significant enough to control the cancer. Some people are more sensitive to radiation injury than others so even the most precise treatment may cause a reaction to
the treatment. Side effects of radiation are either acute, those that happen during or just after your treatment or chronic, those that happen months or even years after treatment. Acute injuries almost always heal with time and with treating your symptoms. Chronic complications may not get better and may even get worse. When the damage is to the bone it is called "osteoradionecrosis" and when it is to muscle, skin or your internal organs it is referred to as soft tissue radionecrosis. Almost all chronic radiation complications result from scarring and narrowing of the blood vessels within the area which has received the radiation. If this process continues to the point that normal tissues are no longer receiving a healthy or adequate blood supply, death to the tissues occurs and a wound develops.
When faced with the challenges of an acute or a chronic non healing wound the services of a wound care center is essential to seeing you back to an optimal level of health and a healed wound. The wound care staff will help you understand the process of wound healing, explaining standards of care and products utilized, will chart your progress and give you the information and care needed to complete optimal healing.
Another service available is Hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Wound healing requires oxygen delivery to the injured tissues. The high dose oxygen provided in the hyperbaric chamber provides an optimal healing environment and leads to the growth of new blood vessels . It also assists in fighting infection.
The diseases that cause the most deaths in females are heart disease and cancer, especially lung, breast, and colorectal cancers. These diseases are highly preventable which stresses the need for continued health promotion, preventative programs and lifestyle changes to promote good health habits. Becoming knowledgeable about your health is the most important medicine of all and you are the most important player on your health care team!
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