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What I Learn from the Anti-Aging Medicine Conferences

Last week, Mary Ann and I attended the World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine in Las Vegas.  This is a meeting we attend annually, and each year we return with new and exciting information.

My focus was again on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and I am never disappointed with my time spent with the world leaders in this field.  The overall philosophy of this branch of medicine is to help our patients prevent disease and to maintain function throughout their lives, long into old age.

-Dr. P

7 Health Benefits of Pomegranates

7 Health Benefits of Pomegranates

Women Often Delay Diagnosis and Treatment of This Problem

Stop Vaginitis Red Sign Painted - Open Hand Raised, Isolated on White BackgroundOver the course of a year, about 15% of all women will complain of vaginal symptoms that they consider to be a vaginal infection.  Only about half of these women will see their health care professional, and most will take a trip to their regular drugstore to purchase over-the-counter antifungal preparations.  This may help, but many times it may delay the true diagnosis and treatment.

The term vaginitis is often used to refer to the symptoms of a vaginal discharge, an itchy irritating sensation, and an abnormal odor.  Over my next few blogs, we will touch on bacterial vaginosis, vulvovaginitis, and trichomoniasis.

-Dr. P

What Are the New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines for Average-Risk Women?

Nurse Assisting Patient Undergoing MammogramThe American Cancer Society (ACS) recently updated their breast cancer screening guidelines for women who are at an average risk of developing the disease.  It was published in the October 20, 2015 issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Society).

Here are the recommendations:

  • Women with an average risk of breast cancer should undergo regular screening mammograms starting at age 45
  • Starting at 40, have annual screenings if the woman desires
  • For women aged 45 to 54, the screenings must be annual
  • For women over 55, mammograms every 2 years or annually if the women desires
  • Screen as long as the overall health of the women is good or if her life expectancy is 10 years or greater
  • For average-risk women at any age, ACS does not recommend clinical breast exams for breast cancer screening

These recommendations have refueled the debate over what are the best guidelines, and these differ from the other major health organizations.  It can be confusing, but I think it opens more discussions between women and their health care providers concerning the best way to screen for breast cancer for each individual.  Please continue to speak to your health care provider about your breast health and come up with a plan best suited for you.

-Dr. P

New Hope for Women with Ovarian Cancer


A recent medical article reviewed that the ten year survival rate of patients who were treated for ovarian cancer has been increasing and now may be approaching 30%.  This is an exciting report, and it suggests that the current medical and surgical treatments are starting to have a positive effect on survival rates.

Early diagnosis is still most important when dealing with any cancer and especially ovarian cancer.  Remember to visit your health care provider if you are experiencing increased gastrointestinal bloating or if your “stomach” is just not right.

-Dr. P

What Could Your Frequent Hot Flashes Indicate?

Mature Woman Experiencing Hot Flush From Menopause

Frequent hot flashes may indicate an increased risk of developing heart disease.

A recent small study of menopausal women with frequent hot flashes may show a relationship between these flashes and an increased chance of developing heart disease. Frequent hot flashes meant that the women experienced these flashes 5-6 times per day.

In the study, changes were seen in the vessels of the cardiovascular system.  This again points to the importance of menopausal women having regular visits with their health care professionals to assess their cardiovascular health!

-Dr. P