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Health Matters: Lung Cancer Screening Program

It causes three times as many deaths as breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer combined. “If we identify something early, we can treat it and you can live,” said Bobbi Marino, a nurse navigator with the Lee Health lung cancer screening program and clinic. A new lung cancer screening program is identifying and regularly screening patients who may be at risk for developing lung cancer. “Patients don’t go to the doctor unless they have a sign and symptom. If they have a cough, if they’re coughing up blood, if they have unexplained weight loss, fatigue, appetite change, shortness...

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Health Matters: What is Giant Cell Arteritis?

It’s called giant cell arteritis. “Giant cell arteritis is inflammation of the lining of the arteries, and it mostly affects the cranial branches of the carotid arteries which are the arteries on the side of the neck. Very often involving the temple arteries, which run alongside the temple area, that’s why it’s also called temple arteritis as well,” explained Dr. Juan Bustillo, a rheumatologist with Lee Health. The autoimmune disease is more common in women between the ages of 70 and 80. “We know that the immune system attacks the inner lining of the arteries and causes an inflammation...

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Health Matters: Keeping Women Healthy

Offering education, support, and empowerment, it’s what Lee Health OB/GYN Dr. Cherrie Morris says she hopes to accomplish with every patient. “I’m thinking about what their specific needs are before I even see them. I look to see if the patient has been doing all the preventive screening things that are appropriate for their age group.” In addition to annual health screenings, Dr. Morris also encourages patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle. “There have been many studies that have shown that if your physicians talk to you about smoking cessation, for example, or weight loss, or increasing...

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Health Matters: The Importance of Annual Checkups

From your vision to your hearing, even your memory, Lee Health family medicine Dr. Ravi Ramaswami says annual physicals are a good opportunity for health experts to do an overall check of your health. “The term “physical” is a misnomer, it should actually be called preventive examination and the reason it’s important is that it’s not whatever is obtained in a physical exam on that particular day, it’s actually to prevent problems in the coming months or years.” Doctors say regardless of your age, it’s important to have a physical every year. “It goes all the way from children to adults...

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