Unfortunately, there are certain things that we wished we didn’t inherit. If cancer runs in your family, you could be at an increased risk. This is something that you need to discuss with your general medicine doctor at your next checkup.
My family has a history of cancer. Does this mean I’ll get cancer, too?
Not necessarily. While it’s true that genetics can play a role in what conditions or health problems you face throughout your lifetime, sometimes it’s certain habits and behaviors such as poor diet, not exercising, or smoking that are increasing your risk.
The good news is that while genetics cannot be changed, these bad behaviors can. Sometimes seeing the dangers of leading an unhealthy lifestyle through a family member who has developed cancer, can teach you a lot about the importance of quitting bad habits and leading a healthier lifestyle.
Cancer runs in my family. What can I do to protect myself?
Some people just assume that if cancer runs in their family that there isn’t much they can do to prevent it. Along with leading a healthy lifestyle, seeing your general medicine doctor for regular screenings can also provide peace of mind. Screenings can also identify and detect cancer early when it is highly treatable.
Talk with your general doctor about your risk so that you can decide which tests are right for you. We can also work with you to create a healthy lifestyle to reduce bad behaviors and habits that could be increasing your risk.
While many factors can play a role in whether or not you develop cancer over your lifetime, you must talk with your general medical practitioner to discuss ways to reduce your risk.
- Children and teens under 16 years old
- Pregnant women
- People with a history of severe allergic reactions
You Need Two Doses
While the two COVID-19 vaccines have a high efficacy rate, patients of the trial did experience some side effects with the vaccine. Some of these side effects were similar to what you would experience with a cold or flu including,
- Muscle and joint aches
- Soreness at the injection site
The CDC will continue to update their site with valuable information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available. While it will take some time before the majority of the US is vaccinated, we understand that you may have questions, especially before getting vaccinated. Talk with your general medical practitioner today to find out if the COVID-19 vaccine is right for you.
Seniors are more at risk for:
Arthritis is incredibly common, affecting millions of people over the age of 65. Arthritis can lead to severe and chronic joint pain and stiffness, as well as cause limited mobility. Those with arthritis may have trouble completing certain day-to-day tasks such as brushing their teeth or driving.
If you suspect that you might have arthritis you must see a general medicine doctor who can provide you with medication and lifestyle changes designed to slow the progression of the disease and to prevent severe joint damage.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the US. Those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol are also more at risk of developing heart disease. Fortunately, simple lifestyle changes can greatly reduce your risk, so talk with your doctor about dietary changes, exercise, and other ways to improve the health of your heart.
According to the CDC, 25 percent of people 65 and older have diabetes, which equates to around 12 million seniors. Diabetes can have a serious impact on just about every system in the body, from the eyes to the feet, so you must visit your doctor at least once a year for bloodwork. If you notice symptoms of diabetes you should also schedule an appointment with your doctor. Diabetes can be properly controlled through a healthy lifestyle and medications to control blood sugar.
Middle age brings with it weakening, brittle bones, which can also increase the risk for fractures. Calcium is incredibly important for healthy bones, so talk with your doctor about whether you should be taking calcium supplements or vitamin D, as well as determining simple ways to incorporate more calcium into your diet. Vitamin D can be found in fortified cereals, tuna, and egg yolks; however, a supplement may be the best way to absorb this important vitamin.
You must find a doctor that truly listens to your needs and concerns. If you are worried about your risk for heart disease or want to talk with a doctor about ways to incorporate exercise safely into your daily routine, talk with your general medical practitioner today.
Is it scalp psoriasis?
Symptoms of scalp psoriasis can range from mild to severe. Mild cases may only cause small patches of flaky skin, while those with more severe symptoms may experience a burning and intensely itchy scalp. If you pull back your hair you may notice scaly patches of skin and/or red bumps. It’s important not to scratch your scalp, as scratching could lead to infection and temporary hair loss.
Since scalp psoriasis shares symptoms with other conditions such as ringworm or dermatitis, you must see a dermatologist to find out what’s causing your scaly, itchy, and dry scalp.
How is scalp psoriasis treated?
While there is no cure for scalp psoriasis, a dermatologist can provide you with medications, as well as recommend certain over-the-counter products that can reduce itchy, dryness, and flaking. Shampoos or topical treatments containing coal tar or salicylic acid may help clear up symptoms.
Since psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, an oral medication that acts on the body as a whole may offer the most effective relief. Oral medications that act on the immune system (e.g. biologics) may be recommended in more severe cases or in cases where scalp psoriasis isn’t responding to topical treatment options.
Your dermatologist may also recommend light therapy, natural remedies (e.g. tea tree oil; aloe vera), and supplements, as well as other alternative treatment options to help alleviate your symptoms.
If you are dealing with a scaly, itchy, and inflamed scalp it could be scalp psoriasis. Schedule an evaluation with a skincare professional today to learn more.
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