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Women, Genes, and Breast Cancer - The Short Story
October 14, 2014
SIMED Women's Health | Linda Grover, MDSIMED Women's Health physician Linda Grover, M.D. sheds some light on how family history and genetics can affect your health regarding breast cancer.

Do you have a positive family history of breast cancer? What should you know?

Actually, most breast cancers in the USA are not known to be caused or associated with a genetic mutation (an abnormal change in your genes). Breast cancer is just very common in the USA. It is estimated from birth to death an American female has a 1 in 8 risk of developing breast cancer in her life. But it is important to tell your doctor about your family history and if the information is available tell them about any genetic information given to you by that relative. Correct lifestyle choices and maintaining your general health are always your basic first steps to avoid an encounter with cancer.

But what about all those stories about gene mutation?

About 5-10% of breast cancers are linked to gene mutations. The starting point and defects that cover most known breast cancer genetic mutations are BRACA1 and BRACA2. Both mutations make the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer higher. By the age of 70, women carrying a BRACA1 mutation have a 60% risk of having breast cancer and the BRACA2 carriers have a 55% risk of developing breast cancer. The onset of breast cancer is much younger in these patients. The mean age of breast cancer diagnosis for BRACA1 is 43 years of age and for BRACA2 is 47 years of age. Even the rates at which the patient's other

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Mammograms and Breast Cancer Awareness
October 1, 2014
SIMED Health | Imaging & Diagnostics | North Central FloridaBreast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed malignancies in American women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. SIMED Board Certified Radiologist Heather Carpenter, MD gives us some insight on how being consistent with your screenings and how having regular mammograms can reduce your risk.

It is estimated that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Studies have shown that the combination of a clinical breast examination and screening mammography has increased breast cancer detection rates and the number of cancers detected at earlier stages, thus lowering the rate of breast cancer deaths among women ages 40 to 74.  Screening mammograms are used to check for breast cancer in women who have no sign or symptoms of the disease.  In a screening mammogram, two pictures requiring very small doses of radiation are taken of each breast and interpreted by a radiologist. Please talk with your doctor about the benefits and harms of mammography, when to start screening, and how often to be screened.

At SIMED Imaging & Diagnostics we are an ACR certified to provide screening mammography. For more information please contact your SIMED provider to see what is the right approach for your health.

       
SIMED Patient Portal
June 2, 2014
The SIMED Patient Portal is a unique way for you to view you health information, request appointments, request prescription refills or search for billing information on your patient account all at the click of a button.  The Patient Portal is secure and contains your health information from all of your SIMED doctors. You can even download and print out your health information from the comfort of your own home.

To begin using the Patient Portal you will need to visit your SIMED physician's office and request your PIN#.  PIN numbers are unique and may only be used once to setup your personal portal account.  For security reasons, and to ensure that only you have access to your portal account, PIN numbers may not be given over the phone or via email.

Once you have your PIN# you can click on the
PATIENT PORTAL link here or on the button found on the right hand side of this website to register.

We've put together this brief video to show you some of the things you can do with your new patient portal account.


       

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