New data can help pave the way to reduce burden
CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation is pleased to announce the upcoming release of 2009 county-level estimates of diagnosed diabetes, obesity, and leisure-time physical inactivity in the United States. These data will be available on the Diabetes Data and Trends Web site http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/ on April 3, 2012, and add to the 2004–2008 county-level estimates already available on the Web site.
Also, for the first time, estimates of diagnosed diabetes will be available for the Puerto Rico municipios (county equivalents).
These data are important to help address the burden of diabetes and selected risk factors.
The county-level estimates help identify counties with high estimated numbers and percentages of people diagnosed with diabetes or at high-risk of diabetes.
County-level estimates diabetes and selected risk factors can be used to maximize use of existing resources for diabetes management and prevention efforts, including health policy.
Combined with other resources, these data can assist in the allocation of funds to help areas hardest hit with diabetes or at high-risk of diabetes. This focused attention may help reduce rates of complications caused by diabetes and obesity, such as heart disease, stroke, and some cancers, as well as specific complications of diabetes such as kidney disease, blindness, and lower-limb amputations.
For more information on diabetes prevention and control, please visit www.cdc.gov/diabetes.
PVH is Now Providing Digital Mammography
New digital mammography equipment is being installed at Penobscot Valley Hospital. The new Seleniaä machine will provide the best image quality available in the industry.
February 21 - Penobscot Valley Hospital has announced that it now provides the latest in mammography screening technology. Seleniaä digital mammography incorporates revolutionary imaging technology that provides incredibly sharp images. Mammography images appear on the technologist’s monitor in a matter of seconds, there is no waiting for film to develop, which means less time in the breast imaging suite for patients.
The new Seleniaä machine will provide clearer images and improved reviewing tools. Because of this, patient exams will be shorter and there will be fewer call backs for further testing. The machine includes a MammoPad® Breast Cushion which facilitates muscle relaxation by cushioning muscles and also radiates warmth. Tilting paddles automatically conform to the natural contours of the body for a more comfortable procedure.
Digital mammography uses traditional X-ray generators and tubes to produce an X-ray beam. This beam is then converted into digital information that displayed, stored electronically, analyzed and manipulated in a number of ways. PVH is proud to provide digital mammography services to help improve early breast cancer detection.
Seleniaä digital mammography offers a number of other practical advantages and patient conveniences. Because there is no waiting for film to be developed it significantly reduces the need for repeat exams due to under or over exposure. Digital images are easily stored and transferred electronically, eliminating the dependency on one set of original films, which can sometimes be misfiled or lost in transit.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, after lung cancer. The National Cancer Institute estimates that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97%!
According to the American Cancer Society, factors that increase a woman's risk of breast cancer include older age, genetic factors, family history of breast or ovarian cancer, long menstrual history, null parity (having no children), older than 30 years of age at first full-term pregnancy, daily alcohol consumption, use of combined postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT), postmenopausal obesity and ionizing radiation. Factors that decrease a woman's risk of breast cancer include breast-feeding and physical activity (exercise).
“Regardless of these risk factors, all women should receive annual mammograms starting at age 40,” states Heather Hines, PVH Imaging Department Director. “The key to mammograms is not receiving just one. Obtaining annual exams allows us to compare changes from year to year.”
Penobscot Valley Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering digital mammography, PVH provides the latest in imaging quality. “Our hospital now offers the same technology as larger facilities. This is a huge advancement in care for women in the greater Lincoln area,” adds Hines.
If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact your primary care physician or the PVH Imaging Department at (207) 794-7118. If you need help paying for a breast exam, call the Maine Breast & Cervical Health Program toll free at (800) 350-5180. For more information about digital mammography at PVH, visit www.pvhme.org.
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