Colorectal Cancer Rarely Causes Symptoms


What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is the out of control growth of cells in the colon or rectum.  These cells grow into masses, or tumors.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women in the USA and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths.

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Abdominal cancers include adrenocortical tumors, carcinomas of the stomach, cancer of the pancreas, colorectal carcinomas, carcinoid tumors, and gastrointestional stoma tumors.

All people age 50 or older with medicare are covered.

If you are forty and have a family history ask your doctor, or if you are 50—Early screening can be life saving.

Men and women alike get colon cancer, however, people at higher risk for developing colon [ ... ]

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What is Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

March is National Sleep Awareness Month.   In honor of this, we are going to do a series of informational article postings about sleep disorders and sleep study information.

Apnea is a Greek word meaning without breath; sleep apnea is the involuntary cessation of breath while a person is sleeping.

Sleep apnea is very common.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million Americans suffer from this disease.  Yet due to the lack of awareness and education of this disease, over half are undiagnosed and untreated, even with the severe consequences this disease can play on a patient’s health.


If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can have serious and even life-threatening consequences, such as: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, memory problems, weight gain and other major ailments.


Indicators include: obesity, morning headaches, high blood pressure, daytime sleepiness, waking with a dry mouth, atrial fibrillation, [ ... ]

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PCP or Family Doctor

Family Physicians are dedicated to treating the patient as a whole.
Primary Care Physicians or PCP’s treat and follow each organ, all ages, all diseases, and both genders.

Your Family Physician is there to guide you and to coordinate all aspects of care.  They will work with you to achieve the best outcome for each patient.

Obstetrics –gynecology these Physicians and ARNP’s address aspects of women’s health.  They focus on women including pre pubertal, reproductive, and post menopausal years.

Orthopedic physicians focus on musculoskeletal system, Deformities, Injuries, and degenerative diseases.

Cardiovascular/ Cardiologists these Physicians take care of your heart and Vascular System.

As a Music Director and conductor direct the Symphony Orchestra, the Family Physician or PCP Coordinates care for the Patient. Everyone needs a PCP to help coordinate their personal care. PCP wants to provide the best possible care for each patient.  Bring and ask your PCP or Family Physician questions and your concerns, which is [ ... ]

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A message from ACHS CEO…

While the people throughout Adair County continue to be our most valuable asset, we are also focused on transforming our delivery of care through the use of technology.  Many at Adair County Health System are gearing up for the rollout of Cerner, a new electronic patient medical record that is set to go live on June 8th at midnight. The health system began its journey back in July 2013. In order for us to stay compliant with governmental guidelines, we needed to decide on our electronic medical record.  Staff and providers were asked to evaluate several different EMR vendors. Results of demonstrations and surveys were evaluated, and it was decided to implement Cerner. We hope this will be a seamless process that goes unnoticed by our patients. We do know there may be a potential for our patients to experience a slight delay in check-in times and other processes during [ ... ]

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A Message from ACHS’s CEO, Angela Mortoza

As we leave the cold winter behind and roll into spring there are many exciting things happening at Adair County Health System. We continue to grow and look for new ways of providing convenient access of care throughout Adair County.  Recently, we have expanded our specialty clinic services to include Iowa Ortho.  We are excited to welcome, Michael Gainer, M.D., specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery; John Netrour, M.D., hip and knee surgery; and Anthony Stark, D.O., physical medicine and rehabilitation.
 In October, we completed our 3P project that centered on the renovation of our current operating room, admitting/registration area, and ambulance drop off.  Our next steps will include public tours and community meetings to share the plans for the spaces and invite ideas from the public.
Our growth is expanding beyond the bricks of the hospital walls. We are working to improve the overall health and wellness of the community [ ... ]

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Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions- Increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels-that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Having just one of these conditions doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, any of these conditions increase your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater.
Getting more physical activity, losing weight and quitting smoking help reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  These changes are key to decreasing your risk for chronic long term illness.
1. Exercise  Doctors recommend getting 30 or more minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as a brisk walking, every day.
2. Lose weight  Losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can reduce insulin levels and blood pressure and decrease your risk of diabetes.
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CHF (Congestive Heart Failure)

Heart failure also known as congestive heart failure occurs when your heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it should.  Conditions such as narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease) or  high blood pressure untreated over a period of time gradually leave your heart to weak or stiff to fill and pump well or as normal.
Signs of CHF Shortness of breath, Fatigue and weakness, Swelling of your legs or feet, Rapid or irregular heartbeat, Reduced ability to exercise, persistent cough or wheezing, increased need to urinate at night, swelling of your abdomen, sudden weight gain for no reason no change in diet habits, Lack of appetite and nausea, elevated blood pressure, and even chest pain.
When to see a doctor
See your doctor if you think you might be experiencing signs or symptoms of heart failure. Seek emergency treatment if you experience any of the following:
Chest Pain
Fainting or severe weakness
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Prenatal Vitamins – Are they right for you?

People are tempted to take prenatal vitamins because of unproven claims that they make your hair thicker and nails stronger.
They are not suitable if you are not pregnant and not planning to become pregnant.  Prenatal vitamins are made specifically for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, and women who are breast-feeding.
Folic acid  Women who are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant need 600mcg (micrograms) through diet and supplements.  Healthy adults need only 400mcg, while uncommon getting to much folic acid can mask the symptoms of B-12 deficiency and delay diagnosis and treatment.
Iron While pregnant it is recommended women take 27mg (milligrams) a day.  Women between the ages of 19 and 50 who aren’t pregnant need only 18mg a day, and women over age 51 and all adult males need 8mg a day. Getting to much iron can be toxic because it can build up in your [ ... ]

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Flu Vaccine Time!

By Cassie Rasmussen, DO

It’s that time of year again! Time to receive your influenza vaccination or “flu shot”. Influenza is a highly contagious virus that spreads around the country usually between October and May. Symptoms of the flu come on suddenly and consist of fevers, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache and nasal congestion. One of the top ways to prevent contracting influenza is by receiving your yearly vaccination. 
Flu viruses are frequently changing. Each year’s influenza vaccine protects against the 3 or 4 most common flu viruses expected for the year.  Children six months through eight years of age should receive two doses of the vaccine, at least one month apart, the first year they get vaccinated. All other people only need to receive one dose each year. A “high dose” influenza vaccine is available for people 65 years of age and older.
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Is It Depression?

All of us feel blue, sad, hopeless, or listless at times.  When these feelings become a major aspect of our lives, and consume our thinking and behavior, help is needed.

Depression is a very common mental health disorder, affecting all age groups and genders.  Willpower alone will neither prevent depression, nor will it “cure” depression.
Causes of depression range from low levels of brain chemicals, poor coping skills, overwhelming life situations, substance abuse, chronic pain, to possibly an inherited predisposition to the disease.
A healthy life style can build a foundation for mental health.  Measures like healthy nutrition, adequate sleep and rest combined with exercise can help ward off depression.
Speak with your healthcare provider if you persistently feel down or are poorly functioning.  Some physical causes can mimic the symptoms of depression.  Together with your healthcare provider you can decide on the best treatment options to once again return you to your best [ ... ]

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