My title page contents

Archive | Women’s Health

RSS feed for this section
Pink Glove Dance Video Fever

Where did the pink ribbon come from?

Ever wonder how the pink ribbon became the icon for breast cancer awareness? It all started when a woman by the name of Charlotte Hayley started to make peach-colored loops inspired by friends and family with breast cancer. Each set of five came with a card saying, “The National Cancer Institute annual budget is $1.8 [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Do You Know Someone in an Abusive Relationship?

Written by: Theresa Sokup, Agnesian HealthCare Domestic Violence Counselor Tips for Family and Friends For Supporting Loved Ones Affected by Domestic Violence Domestic Violence is unfortunately very common and affects the lives of many men, women and children who witness the abuse or experience it firsthand.  Statistics show that one in three women around the [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Nurse Assisting Patient Undergoing Mammogram

Breast cancer awareness: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s statement regarding the guidelines for screening mammography and breast self-exams

You may have heard in the news over the last couple of years, recommendations made by the United States Preventive Services Task Force for screening mammography only for women over age 50 and then only every other year. The USPSTF considers mammography not necessary for women age 40-49 because only one woman’s life is saved [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
WMH Women & Infants Unit Tour 24

Part Two: Parents as partners in safety

We consider your care and the care and protection of your infant to be our highest priority. We seek your partnership. The Women & Infants Unit has a variety of security features. In addition to being a limited access area, the unit also has door/stairwell alarms and surveillance cameras. Furthermore, to help ensure the safety [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Breast Cancer Aware 2

Breast cancer awareness: What is inflammatory breast cancer?

According to the National Cancer Institute, inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and very aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed.” Inflammatory breast cancer accounts for one to [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Part One: Parents as partners in safety

We consider your care and the care and protection of your infant to be our highest priority. We seek your partnership. At the time of delivery, two identification bands with black numbers will be placed on your baby’s wrist and ankle. An identical band will be placed on the mother and the father or other [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Women and breast cancer

Breast cancer awareness: What are BRCA 1 and BRCA 2?

The BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes are human caretaker genes that produce proteins, called breast cancer type 1 and breast cancer type 2 susceptibility proteins. They are responsible for repairing DNA. The BRCA 1 gene repairs breaks in strands of DNA, whose helix formation is continuously being broken from damage. Sometimes one or both [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Fist on table

Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day

Written by: Tiffany Wiese, Agnesian HealthCare Domestic Violence Program Coordinator This Wednesday, October 9, is National HealthCares About Domestic Violence Day. This day aims to reach members of the healthcare community to educate them on the importance of screening for abuse in the healthcare setting. It also helps bring awareness to the long-term physical and emotional [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Breast Cancer Ribbon

Breast cancer awareness: The five steps of a breast self-exam

Step One: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Look for: Breasts that are their usual size, shape and color Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling Inform your provider if you see: Dimpling, puckering or bulging of the skin [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Fibroids: the most fequently seen tumor of the female reproductive system

Written by: Lisa Michels, RN, MSN, Women’s Service Line Clinical Lead Fibroids are the most frequently seen tumors of the female reproductive system. Although the cause of them is unclear, it is believed that they develop from a muscle cell in the uterus, which multiplies quickly, influenced by estrogen. It is estimated that between 20 to 50 [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }