Updates on Women's Health

July 03, 2017
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In my everyday conversations with women I am often asked questions that relate to one’s general health, women’s health, especially breast and pelvic issues, peri-menopause, menopause, sexuality, bladder issues, cancer prevention, and early detection and osteoporosis to name a few. Wow…. that’s a lot to cover!

And, that’s my practice focus, interest and passion. I truly enjoy gathering the information, testing results, the individual’s interests and goals to create a ‘health map’. This in turn defines where one is and provides clear guidance for the best plan of action. A plan that is evidence-based, makes sense and is useful.

So, join us in this exciting adventure. One that dramatically improves your chance of living a LONG life coupled with a high QUALITY of life. Our entire practice is now specialized in minimizing your risk of dying from cancer. It simply means lowering your risk of acquiring cancer and finding it EARLY if it should occur.

Join us in this exciting endeavor and stay tuned for the latest in individualized, tailored strategies to accomplish your health goals!

Dr. A.

May 24, 2017
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What is an INTERVAL cancer?
An INTERVAL cancer is a cancer that occurs and shows up SOONER that the planned TIME INTERVAL for screening.  Remember the purpose of screening is to identify serious disease before it produces signs or symptoms that the person would notice...(lump, bump, pain, unusual bleeding, change in bodily functions, etc).  It simply means that the detectability and growth rate of the individual's cancer outpaced the next planned screening date and was found later that desired.
 
What to do?
Easy!  Simply shorten the time interval for screening to look more closely and sooner.  That's part of our COMPREHENSIVE plan to find small cancers as early as possible thereby improving cure rates and saving lives.  With the newest research and state-of-the-art technology, we can individualize and tailor a screening plan and timing interval to OUTPACE the cancer before signs or symptoms occur.  
 
Put TIME in YOUR favor.  So if you or your loved one ever acquires cancer, you have the best chance for cure with the simplest form of treatment.

It's all about EARLY DETECTION and it's about TIME.  

To your health!

I am delighted to see a continued focus in prior and new research on the value of ultrasound screening for the EARLY detection of breast and ovarian cancer.

1)  BREAST CANCER EARLY DETECTION:  Simple and proper risk assessment, proper self-breast exam, experienced physician breast examination, mammography and in-office physician performed ultrasound is our best strategy for detecting early stage, node-negative breast cancers.  This, in turn, gives us our best chance of saving the breast and long-term cure with minimal therapies required.  Breast density continues to be studied as an independent risk factor for breast cancer and one of the several indications for performing an ultrasound.  I will soon attend a 3-day international conference on this subject at UCSF.

2)  OVARIAN CANCER EARLY DETECTION:  Continued results of the largest US clinical trial (University of Kentucky) and also the recent extension of the UK (England) Collaborative Trial of 202,638 women confirms a significant reduction in mortality and improved quality of life with the use of screening trans-vaginal ultrasound and CA-125 blood testing.  This technique works well and is cost-effective when performed in-office using hi-resolution equipment with accurate interpretation.  This eliminates the potential for false-positive results and unnecessary interventions. 

We continue to expand our screening services and are excited about how simple, accurate and cost-effective this approach is for saving lives.  Stay tuned!

To Your Health...
Dr. A.

December 28, 2016
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My practice of 36 plus years is now expanding our outreach for breast and ovarian cancer screening. Review of all of our best research confirms that EARLY DETECTION IS OUR BEST PROTECTION. To say this another way…AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE!

We are ramping up this segment of our practice to be the best center in northern California for breast and ovarian health and early detection of benign, pre-cancer and cancer conditions. Risk assessment, and ultrasound imaging are the two key components missing in most annual visits done elsewhere. They are simply performing other important tasks.

Yet we want to stand in the gap and provide what is wanted and needed for breast and ovarian health in an evidence-based, simple, accurate and cost-effective way.

Tell a friend.

Dr. A.

With the Presidential Election just over, many are asking:

NOW WHAT’S IN STORE FOR HEALTHCARE???

Of course, it is too early to predict with any accuracy the survivability, modification or repeal of ObamaCare.  So, in the mean time a few pointers may help.

Don’t panic.

Realize that health insurance is fundamentally designed for major medical care just as home and auto insurance covers fire, theft and collision and does not cover important maintenance items.

Perhaps it is best to for us as consumers to shop and choose our best value in wellness, preventive care and early detection of disease through proper and effective screening strategies.  With high deductible plans becoming more numerous, it would follow that we must budget for this part of our care separately. 

Though we are all thankful for our life saving facilities, partner with your physician team to help enhance your overall health thereby minimizing your risk of illness, injury and your need for the Emergency Room and/or Hospital.

Stay tuned---this topic will stay very interesting!

To your health…

Dr. Armstrong





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