Women’s Health

September 22, 2017

What You Should Know about Ovarian Cancer

By Ashley Case, MD Gynecologic Oncologist Ovarian cancer is the second most common gynecologic malignancy and the most common cause of gynecologic cancer death in the United States with over 20,000 cases and over 14,000 deaths last year. Ovarian cancer has historically been thought to be a silent disease. Symptoms may be vague and are […]

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September 22, 2017

Pregnancy and Protein Shakes – A Safe Combination?

Lorri Harris-Sagaribay of MotherToBaby North Carolina, offers expert advice on just how healthy those energy and protein shakes are for pregnant women, as seen in WNC Parent. “Just found out I’m pregnant. Can I still drink my energy shake in the mornings?” “My obstetrician gave me the go-ahead to work out. OK to have a protein […]

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September 8, 2017

Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS, Answers Some Common Breast Surgery Questions

One of the most difficult things a woman will undertake after being diagnosed with breast cancer is making sure they identify and ask the right questions about surgery. Should you consider a double mastectomy? What about post-surgery? Do you need chemotherapy? Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS, with Regional Surgical Specialists, an affiliate of Mission Health, answers […]

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July 27, 2017

Early Stage Breast Cancer Presents a Choice in Surgery – Mastectomy or Lumpectomy?

By Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS One of the most difficult decisions a woman will make regarding a diagnosis of breast cancer is deciding which type of surgery to pursue. In early stage breast cancer, meaning a relatively small tumor and minimal or no lymph node involvement, women are often given a choice regarding two procedures, […]

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July 14, 2017

Moms That Move – What You Need to Know about Exercise during Pregnancy

By Aaron Vaughan, MD Mission Orthopedics and Asheville Orthopaedics Associates Regular physical activity during pregnancy has minimal risks and has been shown to benefit most women. Exercise does not cause miscarriage, poor fetal growth, musculoskeletal injury or premature delivery. In fact, physical inactivity and excessive weight gain are all risk factors for maternal obesity and […]

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June 15, 2017

Urinary Incontinence – Don’t Be Embarrassed, It’s More Common Than You Think

Do you unintentionally pee a little when you do any of the following? Laugh Run Cough Sneeze Lift objects If so, you are not alone and there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Urinary incontinence (also known as stress incontinence) is much more common than you may think. The good news is there are treatments […]

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June 8, 2017

If You Have Epilepsy, You Can Be a Mother, Too

Most women with epilepsy do not experience any problems becoming pregnant and have healthy babies. Although seizure medications carry a small risk of causing birth defects, choosing the right medication and having regular checkups during pregnancy can keep that risk to a minimum. Also, since having seizures during pregnancy can affect the baby, it’s important […]

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May 19, 2017

Lowering Your Breast Cancer Risk – Small and Simple Lifestyle Changes

By Jennifer McAlister, MD A recent article in the New York Times jumped out at me because the writer did a great job of discussing how women can lower their risk of breast cancer through healthy living. What I really like is that it outlines small and simple lifestyle changes that not only reduce risk […]

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May 12, 2017

Tips for New Moms – 12 Ways to Take Care of Yourself after Having a Child

Meeting the increased demands of being a new parent can be a big challenge. It is easy to get overtired and overwhelmed during the first weeks. What used to be a simple chore, such as buying groceries, is not so simple now. Plus, you have new chores, including feeding and changing your new baby. At […]

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April 19, 2017

Easing the Fear – Helping Abuse Survivors Prepare for Their Baby’s Birth Day

By Shian Ponder For many women, the experience of giving birth is one of the greatest moments in life. They look forward to that day with great anticipation and excitement. But for women who are survivors of sexual abuse, that may not always be the case. “For these women, giving birth can be a distressing […]

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