West Hills Hospital & Medical Center
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is your community resource for better health. We have the capability and expertise to perform emergency open heart procedures, perform brain and spine surgery.

Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness

The National Cancer Institute estimates that there will be close to 230,480 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in 2011 alone. The month of October celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness month, so there’s no better time to consider the ways you can reduce your risk of breast cancer.

Limit Estrogen Exposure
One of the first ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer is to limit your exposure to estrogen whenever possible. This is especially true for older women who are taking hormone replacement medications after menopause.

Maintain a Healthy Weight
Women who are overweight have a greater chance of developing breast cancer than those who maintain a healthy weight, especially after menopause. Most of the estrogen in a woman’s body comes from their fat tissue following menopause, which means that the more body fat a woman has, the higher her chances of developing breast cancer. In addition to following a healthy diet, exercise has been shown to modulate high levels of estrogen and enhance the immune system to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Lifestyle Habits to Avoid
It is crucial to avoid smoking and limit your alcohol consumption to lower your risk for breast cancer. Studies show that women who consume 2-4 alcoholic drinks per day have a 40% higher risk of developing the disease than women who do not drink.

Undergo Screenings
One of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer is to undergo routine screenings with your cancer care facility. Clinical breast exams and mammograms can help diagnose the signs of breast cancer during the early stages, making it easier to obtain effective treatments and destroy the cancer cells before they metastasize.

The Women’s Diagnostic Center at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. For more information on our cancer care services, visit our website or contact us at (818) 676-4000.

Eye Health and Protection

Studies show that approximately 90% of all eye injuries can be prevented with proper eye protection.

In this video, GetEyeSmart.com provides an overview on how to protect the health of your eyes on behalf of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. It is important for all households to have protective eyewear on hand for use during everyday activities and at-home projects. Learn how to save your sight in this full clip.

When it comes to your sight, every second counts. Let our compassionate caregivers, nurses, and physicians with West Hills Hospital & Medical Center provide you with the emergency care you need and the quality you deserve. Contact us at (818) 676-4000. You can also visit our website for a full listing of services and additional information.

Do You Want to Learn More About Our Recent Blog Topics? Dig Deeper With These Helpful Resources!

Do you know the signs of a heart attack? What should you know about ovarian cancer? If you’re interested in more information on the heart attack warning signs, ovarian cancer, chemotherapy treatments, or why you may require the services of a neurologist, then check out some of these great resources.

  • Visit this link from allheartattack.com for a listing of heart attack statistics.
  • Find out what causes a heart attack with this link from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
  • How do the symptoms of a heart attack differ for men than they do in women? Check out this webmd.com article to find out.
  • This link from cancer.gov provides an overview on ovarian cancer.
  • Make sure you know how to recognize the symptoms of ovarian cancer with this medicinenet.com article.
  • How is chemotherapy performed? Learn more with this guide from cancer.org.
  • Learn all about chemotherapy with this overview from cancer.net.
  • How can a neurologist help you? Visit this link from the American Academy of Neurology for more information.
  • Check out this page from medlineplus.gov for more information on the leading neurological diseases and conditions.
  • Do you know how to classify different types of burns? Learn more about burns with this link from firstaid.about.com.

For more information about West Hills Hospital & Medical Center and our services, visit our website or give us a call at (818) 676-4000

Weight Loss Procedure Seminar

The Center for Bariatric Surgery presents an informational seminar on weight loss procedures on October 11, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.  To register, please email WHHO.Bariatrics@hcahealthcare.com or call 818/676-4141.  Please provide contact information.  See you there!

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