Women’s Health

December 11, 2017

Pregnant during the Holidays? Tips to Embrace Celebrating without Alcohol

Amy Hendricks, the program coordinator for the NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program, offers expert advice on navigating holiday parties while pregnant, as seen in WNC Parent. It’s hard to believe the holiday season is upon us. We’re decorating, baking cookies, going to holiday parties, shopping in a frenzy for that perfect gift, gathering with family. Maybe squeezing […]

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October 30, 2017

Your First Mammogram – What to Expect

By Janet Magruder, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN Mission Breast Program A mammogram is an important step in taking care of yourself and your breasts. Early detection of breast cancer is the key to successful treatment. Over the years, there has been much debate over breast cancer screening and there are conflicting recommendations from various organizations. […]

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October 27, 2017

Navigating Uncertain Waters – Joan’s Inspiring Story of Overcoming Breast Cancer

By Rebecca Alexander Joan Uhler of Brevard is a wife, mother, and a woman of faith. Joan is also one who seeks new adventures and journeys; she loves exploring the world and traveling on cruises with her husband. But in 1996, Joan was faced with an unplanned and daunting journey – a breast cancer diagnosis. […]

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October 23, 2017

Breast Cancer and Clinical Trials – What You Need to Know

By Leslie Verner, Certified Breast Cancer Nurse Mission Cancer Program Mission Hospital’s Cancer Program is proud to offer clinical trials to our breast cancer patients. But what exactly is a clinical trial? What are the benefits? How do patients decide if they are right for them? Let’s address these common questions. What are clinical trials? […]

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October 13, 2017

Study Shows Breast Cancer Mortality Rates Are Declining – Our Expert Explains Why

By Rachel Raab, MD        A recent study shows from 1989 to 2015, breast cancer death rates decreased by 39 percent, which translates to 322,600 averted breast cancer deaths in the United States. The decrease in mortality was seen in both younger and older women but has slowed for women younger than age 50 […]

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October 4, 2017

Raising a Glass for Breast Cancer Awareness – Pink Pint Night Funds Important Screenings

One of the most impactful messages to share during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the importance of proper screening. We are honored to partner with local nonprofit organization Ladies’ Night Out, which provides underinsured and uninsured women in Buncombe County with access to mammograms, blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings and pap tests. We all have […]

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October 2, 2017

Defining “Midwife” and What It Means to Me to Be a Midwife

By Anne Karner, Certified Nurse Midwife The word “midwife” is a bit foreign to some people, so I think it’s important to explore exactly what it means. The etymology of “midwife” shows a translation to “with women,” originating from Middle English. This definition rings true to this day, as midwives focus on the promotion of […]

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September 29, 2017

Knowledge is Power When it Comes to Women’s Reproductive Cancer

Small things matter. September is National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month – a great time to note the little things to know and do about your risks for three main cancers of women’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian and endometrial cancer. “Take an active role in your health,” said Megan Daw, MD, MPH a gynecologic surgeon with […]

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September 29, 2017

All Breasts Are Not the Same – Do You Know Your Breast Density?

By Rachel Raab, MD Did you know that women with dense breast tissue are at 4-6 times higher risk of developing breast cancer? The breast consists of fat and breast tissue as well as connective tissue that holds everything together. Breast density is a measure used to describe the proportion of these different tissues. It […]

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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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