The Importance of Routine Maintenance

CaptureProstate cancer is the most common cancer among men after skin cancer. One in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime, that’s why it’s so important to pay attention to changes in your body. The American Cancer Society recommends talking to your doctor about a prostate exam at the age of 50 (or between the ages of 40–45 if you have a family history). Being active, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding tobacco products greatly reduces a person’s lifetime risk of developing cancer.

Dr. John McGill, a urologist on the medical staff of Coliseum Medical Centers, will be speaking on prostate cancer awareness in the Challenge Center of Macedonia Church on Saturday, September 10.  The breakfast event will be from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, but Dr. McGill’s presentation will begin at 10:00.   Reservations are required by calling Virginia Curry at (478) 361-7427 or Marvin Brown at (478) 746-3747.  Macedonia Church is located at 600 Eisenhower Parkway in Macon.

Merle Norman Cosmetics Partners with Coliseum Cancer Institute to Promote Ovarian Cancer Awareness

14117751_1378132765549060_3462869682552778411_nMerle Norman Cosmetics will partner with the Coliseum Cancer Institute to increase awareness of ovarian cancer in middle Georgia.  September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Merle Norman will host activities throughout the month.

At the Ovarian Cancer Awareness kick off event, owner, Linda Brambila, shocked everyone by shaving her head in memory of her mother and her sister, who both lost their battle with ovarian cancer.  She now dons a bright teal wig, which is the official color of ovarian cancer awareness.

Each Wednesday in September, a nurse from Coliseum Cancer Institute will be at Merle Norman to share information about early detection of ovarian cancer and risks of developing the disease. Times will be as follows: September 7 and 21 from 11:30 to 2:00 p.m. & September 14 and 28 from 3:30 and 6:00 p.m.

Throughout the month of September, Merle Norman will offer free facials for Ovarian Cancer Survivors.  Appointments are required and space is limited.

All events will take place at Merle Norman Cosmetics, located at 5437 Bowman Road, Suite 122 of the Lofts at Bass, in Macon.  For more information, or to make an appointment for a facial, call (478) 475-0704.

Ovarian cancer is often referred to as the cancer that hides. The symptoms of ovarian cancer – digestive issues, excessive fatigue, excessive bleeding, changes in bowel and bladder problems, and pain during intercourse – often mask themselves as other health issues, leading to a misinterpretation of what may be the true problem.  By the time ovarian cancer is often discovered, it has already spread beyond the ovaries, making it the deadliest gynecologic cancer.  Early recognition of the symptoms of ovarian cancer is the best way to save women’s lives.  If caught early, ovarian cancer is highly treatable.

Getting healthy is good – Rushing into it is not

13962985_1257162230974986_5528540024474392626_oWatching the Olympic Games may inspire you to join a gym or a recreational sports team, but the experts at Coliseum Health System encourage you to ease into your new routine.

“Seeing the energy and excitement of events like the Olympics is pretty inspirational to all of us,” says Jarin Bostic, Exercise Physiologist at Coliseum Medical Centers.  “But what people sometimes forget is that these athletes didn’t just get up one day and run 100 meters in 10 seconds.”

Going to the gym, field or court and doing as much as you can, as fast as you can, is not a healthy or smart way to get in shape for anyone. Starting slowly, working new muscles and challenging yourself physically and mentally are the best ways to begin new physical routines without injuring yourself, Bostic advises.

Health experts at Coliseum Health System recommends taking these steps if you’re about to start doing physical activities that are new or different for you:

  1. Get a physical from your doctor. This will help you set appropriate goals and know your limitations in advance. It’s also important to make sure your doctor knows what your plans are, so they can give you the best advice on how to proceed.
  2. Eat right and hydrate. Feeding your muscles the right kinds of foods and keeping your body hydrated will help improve the quality of your life and your workouts.
  3. Don’t ignore your body. A certain amount of aches and pains may be expected, depending on the type of activities you’re doing, but any popping sounds in your joints, or sudden sharp pain in your body can be a sign of something more serious. Stop what you’re doing and see a doctor immediately if you suffer an injury.

“Getting into a healthy routine is wonderful,” Bostic says. “But don’t be afraid to try new things, adding or supplementing different parts of your workout. Find the right mix of interval cardio activities, stretching and strength training for you.”

Remember to follow the advice of your doctor when exercising. You should also check that equipment is working properly before using it. If you’re exercising in a public space, take precautions against getting athlete’s foot or other fungal infections.