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Reduce Your Risk for Lung Cancer

There are few words as frightening as “you have lung cancer.” The good news is you can greatly reduce your risk for lung cancer with one decision: Don’t smoke. A Look at the Data Although there have been notable strides in early detection and treatment, lung cancer still accounts for about 27 percent of all cancer deaths in the

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy: An Innovative Option for Women Facing Breast Cancer

“As a breast surgeon, part of my job is to surgically remove breast cancer,” said Marnie Kaplan, MD, a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist with LG Health Physicians Surgical Group. “But I have another extremely important role: to make sure women feel good and look good after their breast cancer has been treated.” An innovative surgical

Healthcare Changes in Lancaster Over the Past 125 Years

Lancaster General Hospital first opened its doors in a three-story residence at 322 North Queen Street in Lancaster City in 1893, 125 years ago. Rev. Mr. D. Wesley Bicksler, pastor of Salem Evangelical Church on Water Street, organized the creation of Lancaster General Hospital by convening 60 business leaders and representatives of local fraternal, patriotic

Migraines: Separating Fact from Fiction

Migraine is largely an inherited brain disorder affecting 30 million people in the United States alone. The World Health Organization ranked severe migraine as more disabling than angina, rheumatoid arthritis, and depression. Learn about migraine triggers and what you can do if you suffer from these disabling headaches.     What causes a migraine? Changes in

Take steps to prevent heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses

While summer means a return to your favorite outdoor activities, prolonged exposure to the season’s heat and humidity also increases the likelihood of experiencing a variety of heat-related illnesses. However, equipped with some basic knowledge of risk factors, symptoms and precautionary tactics, you can safely enjoy the best summer has to offer. What is heat-related

Bike it safely this summer

There’s no doubt about it. Bicycling is great exercise.  It’s good for the environment, too.  And thanks to communities like Lancaster, PA, which are implementing bike share programs, repair stations, and dedicated bicycle lanes on city streets, it is safer than in the past. Unfortunately, reports about bicycling accidents still frequent local and national headlines,

FAST thinking and dialing 911 can reduce stroke damage

“Think FAST.” These are two of the most important words to remember during Stroke Awareness Month — and all year long. Keeping this phrase top of mind can help reduce the risk of speech problems, permanent weakness, brain damage, or even death as a result of stroke. What is a stroke? A stroke, also called a cerebrovascular

6 Simple ways to improve your health by building a great relationship with your doctor

What are the most important relationships in your life? Family? Friends? Co-workers? Your health-care provider? The last may not always be top-of-mind, but when it comes to attaining and maintaining your best possible level of health and wellness, no relationship is more central. With open communication and easy access–whether in-person or virtually–you and your doctor

Say yes to a colonoscopy: It can save your life

If you could have a test that could prevent you from developing colon cancer, would you say no? Unfortunately, too many Americans 50 and older are doing exactly that. By ignoring recommendations for a colonoscopy, they are missing out on a lifesaving opportunity. Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United

130/80 is the new high blood pressure: What this means for you

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recently released guidelines lowering the definition of high blood pressure and made new recommendations for blood pressure control.  The new guidelines now define high blood pressure as 130/80 rather than 140/90. This means 46 percent of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure, or hypertension, placing