• Why Healthy Changes Should Run in the Family

    As a member of a family, you care a great deal about the health of your other family members. If someone you love is diagnosed with a chronic illness, you’d do everything you can to help improve their health.

    This video tells the story of Robert Clayton, a man who was recently diagnosed with diabetes. As you watch the video, you’ll see how much help Robert’s family provides as he learns to cope with his illness. They go shopping with him, they give him helpful reminders, and most importantly of all, they provide him with plenty of love and support.

    To find out how you can best support your loved ones, call West Hills Hospital at (818) 676-4000. We treat a wide range of conditions that affect West Hills residents, including cancer, burns, spinal disorders, and more.

  • Separating Prostate Cancer Myths and Facts

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    After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting American men. Around 240,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012, and about 28,000 men succumb to the disease each year. If you’re a man, the medical professionals at West Hills Hospital urge you to learn as much about prostate cancer as you can. As you do your research, be wary of myths and other kinds of misinformation.

    Myth: Only Old Men Get Prostate Cancer

    If you’re in your 40s or even your 30s, you might assume that you’re safe from prostate cancer. Though most men with prostate cancer are over 65 years old, younger men can develop the disease, too. If you have a family history of prostate cancer, ask your doctor if you should begin screenings early. African-American men also tend to have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. 

    Myth: Prostate Cancer Will Ruin Your Sex Life

    Since the prostate is so close to the mechanisms that enable a man’s erection, many men assume that prostate cancer will compromise their sex life. However, the effect that prostate cancer and treatment can have on a man’s libido depends on a number of factors, and isn’t the same across the board. The fear of a diminished sex life shouldn’t prevent you from exploring your treatment options.   

    Myth: A High PSA Is a Cure Sign of Cancer

    One of the ways doctors detect prostate cancer is by testing a man’s prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level. If your PSA is high, your doctor may recommend that you undergo a biopsy. However, a high PSA doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer—an infection of the prostate or another prostate-related condition could be to blame for the high PSA.

    The doctors and nurses at West Hills Hospital will gladly provide you with more important information about prostate cancer. Call (818) 676-4000 to learn more about potential risk factors—our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare line exists to provide answers to a wide range of health-related questions. Visit our website to learn all about our cancer care services. 

  • How to Protect Your Eyes and Skin from the Sun

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    Though the sun shines throughout most of the year in the West Hills area, the sun’s rays are a bit more intense during the summer months. To prevent yourself from getting sunburned and to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, it’s important that you take a few precautions before you go outside. West Hills Hospital recommends that you protect your skin and eyes with the following tips:

    Wear Sunglasses and a Hat

    Leaving your eyes unprotected can compromise your vision over time. To prevent your eyes from being damaged, it’s important for you to wear sunglasses any time you’re outside. Wearing a hat can also help keep the sun out of your eyes and protect the top of your head.

    Wear Pants and Long Sleeves

    Though you may be tempted to break out the shorts and t-shirts, you should protect your skin by wearing long sleeves and pants whenever possible. You’ll find that loose, light-colored shirts and pants can protect your arms and legs while still keeping you cool.

    Put on Sunscreen

    Sunscreen is another important part of the equation. Most doctors recommend using sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection, and has an SPF of at least 15. It’s not enough to apply sunscreen once and forget about it—you should try to reapply sunscreen every two hours or so.

    Avoid the Sunshine

    On some days, it may be best to avoid the sunshine completely. For the sake of your eyes and skin, stay inside or in the shade on particularly hot days—especially between the hours of 10am and 4pm, when the sun is at its most intense.

    West Hills Hospital is proud to look after the wellbeing of West Hills residents. We offer everything from emergency services for serious burns to cancer care for victims of skin cancer. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (818) 676-4000 to find the right doctor for your needs.