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Panorama City in The News
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women according to the American Cancer Society.
Each year, approximately 22,240 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer, and approximately 14,070 women will die from ovarian cancer.
Sylvia Fowler, MD, Chief of Oncology/Hematology from Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center wants you to know the possible signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer:
“Ovarian cancer happens when cells that are not normal grow in one or both of your ovaries. Treatment is most successful when cancer is found early, but often times we find this cancer after it has spread throughout the body. It is very important to be aware of any changes with your body and see your doctor if symptoms occur daily for 2 to 3 weeks,” says Dr. Fowler.
Knowing the following signs and symptoms can help early detection. Symptoms, when occurring almost daily for 2 to 3 weeks, may include:
- Recent, frequent bloating.
- Pain in the belly or pelvis.
- Trouble eating, or feeling full quickly.
- Urinary problems, such as an urgent need to urinate or urinating more often than usual.
Risk factors include:
- Getting older
- Being overweight or obese
- Having children later or never having a full-term pregnancy
- Using fertility treatment
- A family history of ovarian, breast, or colorectal cancer
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According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 14,000 children are treated annually for backpack-related injuries.
Danielle Flowers, MD, pediatrician and Physician-in-Charge at Kaiser Permanente Mission Hills Medical Offices, encourages parents to pay special attention when choosing backpacks for youths.
Backpacks that are worn incorrectly, not fitted properly or are too heavy, can cause backaches, shoulder pain, poor posture and neck injuries.
A full backpack should never weigh more than 10-15 percent of a child’s body weight. To put this in perspective, if a child weighs 75 pounds, their backpack should weigh no more than 11 pounds.
Dr. Flowers suggests these additional tips:
- Fit the backpack closely to the body, resting it in the middle of the back.
- Don’t let the backpack sag. Avoid it falling more than four inches below waistline.
- Place heavier items closest to the center of the back.
Last minute tips on rolling backpacks:
Although some parents may be tempted to purchase a rolling backpack, users tend to overload their rolling backpacks and if the pack has to be lifted continuously, it can cause wrist and/or shoulder strain.
Kathy helps to lead a team of physicians and employees serving more than 250,000 Kaiser Permanente members in the East San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Kathy’s service area includes the five large medical offices on the Panorama City Medical Center campus, as well as medical offices in Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Santa Clarita, and Canyon Country.
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Prevention is about staying healthy, and preventing or delaying disease. Wellness is living your best life. Kaiser Permanente Panorama City is here to help you do both. There are many things you can do to take an active role in your prevention plan to stay healthy and thrive through all stages of life.