MountainView Hospital
MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas.

Does your lifestyle increase your risk of prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer has many risk factors that you can’t change. It is most common in men over 50 and men of African-American and Afro-Caribbean men. Despite these risk factors that you can’t affect, there are lifestyle factors that you can control that could also increase your chances of getting prostate cancer. Reduce your chances of being diagnosed with prostate cancer by considering how these lifestyle choices could impact your risk.

Although doctors are not sure exactly how diet impacts prostate cancer risk, cases are more prevalent in men who make specific food choices, including:

  • Large amounts of red meat
  • High-fat dairy products
  • Low amounts of fruits and vegetables

There may also be a potential link between calcium and prostate cancer. Men who get excessive amounts of calcium, including through dairy foods and supplements, seem to get prostate cancer more often than those who don’t. Studies that have looked into the link between calcium and prostate cancer have not found that getting an average amount of calcium increases the risk.

Chemical Exposure
Men who are exposed to certain chemicals may experience an increased risk of prostate cancer. The chemicals that are most likely to boost your chances of getting prostate cancer are:

  • Chemicals used by firefighters
  • Agent Orange, a chemical used during the Vietnam War

These may not be the only chemicals that influence your prostate cancer risk. If you are exposed to chemicals on a regular basis at your job, be sure to let your physician know, so he or she can determine if you should have more frequent screenings.

Prostatitis refers to inflammation of the prostate. Physicians suspect that this kind of inflammation can increase your cancer risk, but studies have delivered conflicting results. This inflammation can be caused by:

  • Nerve damage
  • Injury
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

For patients who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, MountainView Hospital offers world-class cancer care in Las Vegas, from diagnosis to remission. For a referral to an oncology specialist or more information about our cancer team, please call (702) 962-5021.

Get to know the hospital care team: Hospitalists

When you are in the hospital, many healthcare providers will be involved in your care. One team member you may encounter is a hospitalist. What exactly is a hospitalist, and what role will they play in your patient care? Here is what you need to know.

What do hospitalists do?
A hospitalist is a physician that strictly works on inpatient care. Unlike the physicians who provide outpatient care when you attend appointments, hospitalists only treat you when you have been admitted to the hospital. They may consult with your other physicians, however, about a long-term care plan and about the treatments they provide for you in the hospital.

Is a hospitalist a specialist?
As explained in the video, hospitalists are typically specialists in specific fields of medicine. For instance, if you enter the hospital because of heart disease, a cardiology hospitalist may be involved with your care. Depending on the nature of your condition, the person coordinating your hospital care may involve multiple hospitalists across different specialties to ensure that you get the right kind of treatment for each medical issue that is affecting you.

When should I expect to see a hospitalist?
A hospitalist can get involved in your care at any point in your hospital stay, from the emergency room to the ICU. When you begin to see a hospitalist depends on the nature of your condition and the other providers who are involved in your care. The benefit of having a hospitalist involved in your care is not only that you get his or her expertise, but you also get his or her full attention, since your hospitalist doesn’t have an outpatient clinic to manage.

If you are admitted to MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, you will have a multidisciplinary team of providers to ensure you get the very best care possible. To find out more about our comprehensive hospital services, from our emergency care to our robotic surgery procedures, please call (702) 962-5021.

Are all types of skin cancer deadly?

About one in every five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. Some types are deadlier than others, but any type of cancer should be considered life-threatening. The best possible outcome for skin cancer patients is achievable with early detection and early treatment. Here at MountainView Hospital, we focus on putting our oncology patients first to give them the individualized attention they need.

Types of skin cancer
Basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly diagnosed type. The growth may look like a pink patch on the skin, or it might look like a flesh-colored, pearly or waxy bump. This type of cancer isn’t often fatal, although failure to treat it can lead to the spread of cancer to other tissues.

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second-most common type, and it’s more often fatal. Detecting and treating this cancer as early as possible is often successful. Squamous cell carcinoma might look like a recurrent sore, a scaly patch or a firm, reddish bump.

The deadliest type of skin cancer is melanoma, which tends to develop suddenly in an existing mole or elsewhere. Since early detection is crucial for long-term survival, everyone should know the following ABCDEs of melanoma:

  • Asymmetrical appearance
  • Border of the growth is poorly defined
  • Color—multiple shades present
  • Diameter larger than a pencil eraser
  • Evolving or changing in appearance over time

Statistics for skin cancer
It’s common knowledge that protection from sun exposure is important, but many people still underestimate the serious threat that skin cancer poses. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, almost 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every single day in the U.S. alone. At any given time, about one million people in the U.S. are living with skin cancer.

Oncology specialists have treated more cases of melanoma in recent years. In fact, the number of people diagnosed with melanoma has doubled from 1982 to 2011.

When melanoma is treated before it can spread, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. Melanomas that spread to nearby areas have a five-year survival rate of 62 percent. If melanoma is allowed to spread well beyond its point of origin, the five-year survival rate is just 18 percent.

MountainView Hospital is committed to healthcare excellence across all of our service lines, including our inpatient Oncology Unit. Our team of cancer specialists in Las Vegas provides superior, patient-focused care within a supportive setting. Call (702) 962-5021 to request a physician referral.

Should you have vaccinations during pregnancy?

Vaccines cause your immune system to produce antibodies, which can identify and fight off these diseases the next time they are encountered. During pregnancy, what enters your body can also affect your growing baby. This applies to the nutrients you consume, medications you take and vaccines you receive. In other words, when your immune system produces antibodies to protect you from illnesses, your baby also receives this protection. At MountainView Hospital, our Ob/Gyns strongly recommend that expecting moms get vaccinated, as this can save the lives of their precious babies.

Vaccines to receive before pregnancy
If you would like to become pregnant but aren’t actively trying just yet, you can schedule a preconception visit with your doctor to discuss your immunization record. Some vaccines are only safe to receive before pregnancy, rather than during it.

Depending on your immunization record, your doctor may recommend that you have the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at least one month before you try to become pregnant. The varicella or chickenpox vaccine can also be administered at this time.

Vaccines to receive during pregnancy
Watch this featured video to hear an Ob/Gyn at MountainView Hospital explain the two vaccines that she recommends to every expecting mother. The first is the annual flu shot, which can be administered from October through May each year.

After your child is born, it’s important to continue getting an annual flu shot to protect your baby. Other people in your household, caregivers and grandparents should also receive an annual flu shot, and be up-to-date on other vaccinations.

The second vaccine all women should have during pregnancy provides protection from tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. By getting this vaccine at the start of the third trimester, your body automatically passes on the immune benefits to your baby. This protects your baby from these serious illnesses before he or she is old enough to get the vaccine.

It’s our mission to support healthy babies and healthy parents here at MountainView Hospital. Our friendly and knowledgeable team of obstetrics specialists welcomes your questions about vaccinations for you and your baby. Call (702) 962-5021 to speak with a registered nurse at our state-of-the-art hospital in Las Vegas.

Is it possible to prevent a high-risk pregnancy?

When an expecting mother is said to have a high-risk pregnancy, it means that she or her baby have certain risk factors that may increase the likelihood of complications of pregnancy or childbirth. This does not mean that complications are bound to happen, and many women with high-risk pregnancies are able to give birth to healthy children without experiencing complications. Watch this featured video to hear an Ob/Gyn from MountainView Hospital explain why she prefers to avoid thinking of pregnancies in terms of high or low risk. Instead, she prefers a patient-centered approach that helps all expecting mothers minimize their risks.

The unmodifiable risk factors of high-risk pregnancies
Although making healthy choices will support a complication-free pregnancy, certain risk factors aren’t changeable. These factors include the following:

  • Advanced maternal age (35 and older)
  • Family history of genetic conditions
  • Personal history of miscarriage or stillbirth
  • Prior pregnancy complications (preterm, low birth weight or C-section)
  • Pregnancy with multiples

The manageable medical risk factors of high-risk pregnancies
Some risk factors may be manageable with a doctor’s care, although they can’t be completely reversed. These include medical conditions of the mother, such as these:

  • Anemia
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Thyroid disease
  • Blood disorders

This list of medical conditions is not comprehensive. Women who have any medical conditions or take any medications may consider scheduling a preconception health check-up with their doctors before trying to become pregnant.

The lifestyle risk factors of high-risk pregnancies
The everyday choices women make before and during pregnancy can influence their baby’s health. Women can reduce their risk of pregnancy-related complications by taking the following steps:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating a balanced, nutritious diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Managing stress
  • Taking prenatal vitamins
  • Avoiding smoke and secondhand smoke
  • Avoiding illicit substances
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Getting prenatal care
  • Practicing food safety to prevent foodborne illnesses

Expecting mothers will find the state-of-the-art medical services they need and the compassionate care they deserve at MountainView Hospital. Tour our birthing center in Las Vegas and ask us about our extensive parent education courses, family-centered amenities and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). A registered nurse is available around the clock at (702) 962-5021 to answer your questions.

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