University Hospitals St. John Medical Center hosted a roundtable health talk, “Men’s and Women’s Health Summit,” at the Westlake Recreation Center the evening of May 23.
A panel of urologists, gynecologists and radiologists discussed a variety of topics as guests joined in for the talk and light meal – all part of UH St. John’s commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles and healthy communities.
Mitch Dizon, MD, discussed menopause, explaining that it is a natural part of life coming around the age of 51. Bleeding after menopause is not normal, but can often be traced to benign causes like fibroids, polyps, infection or thinning of linings. Many treatments exist. More serious are cancers best diagnosed early for effective treatment. Today, even in the case of hysterectomy, laparoscopic surgeries lead to rapid recovery. A variety of approaches can assist with sexual concerns that affect about 40 per cent of patients.
Sherif El-Nashar, MD reports that urinary incontinence affects about 1 in 6 Americans. Overactive bladder is more prevalent than most believe, affecting 33 million Americans. You do not have to leak in silence! A consultation can help you discover dietary bladder irritants like nicotine, caffeine and certain foods. There are also several effective treatment options like nerve stimulation, botox and surgical urinary tract slings to consider in addition to a wide range of pharmacologic choices your physician can tailor to your needs.
Niki Constaninou, MD, focused on Breast Health. She emphasized the importance of screenings. Early detection of breast cancer saves lives – 614,500 nationally since 1989! Yearly mammograms should begin at 40 years of age, and biennially after 55. 2-7 cancers are found for each 1,000 screenings and early detection, either through mammography or other techniques, is critical. Her advice: “Get your mammogram annually at 40 or sooner if at high risk. Know your breast density, consider supplemental screening and spread the word!
Chris Reese, MD discussed kidney stones – painful granules composed usually of calcium or uric acid that can go symptom-free of cause agonizing pain along the back or side with an intense need to urinate. Often, the patient must wait for the stone to pass, sometimes with the help of medication. Surgery is an option if the stone fails to pass or the pain is unbearable. Shock wave therapy can be used to disintegrate stones. Drinking lots of fluids each day is a good way to lower your risk of forming stones. There are also medications to minimize stone-causing mineral accumulations in the body.
The prostate, reports Juan Jiménez, MD, is a gland placed in a man’s body just to give him trouble! As men age, prostates enlarge and compress urinary tract flow. Prostate conditions are diagnosed through multiple approaches including a digital rectal exam, PSA blood test and urine analysis. The enlarged prostate can be treated through several avenues, including limiting bladder stimulants like caffeine and alcohol. Medications are also available to open passages and an exciting new first line therapy – Rezum – is available through a simple office procedure that provides symptom relief in 3-5 weeks. Call Urology Partners at their west side offices for info at (216) 941-0333.