Archive | October, 2018

One in 100 Breast Cancer Cases Occurs In Men

Did you know that 1 in every 100 breast cancer cases is in a man? While the incidence is lower in men than women, men are 10 times more likely to die from the disease than women. Men should talk to their doctor about any abnormal lump in the breast just like women do.

In this news report from WACH, Lexington Medical Center breast cancer survivor Frank Wooten shares his story and offers some advice for men.

Frank was a model in a breast cancer survivor fashion show at Women’s Night Out in 2016, an annual Lexington Medical Center event that celebrates breast cancer survivors and their families.

For more information on Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program, visit

The Mysterious Illness Paralyzing Children

You’ve probably heard about the mysterious polio-like condition causing muscle weakness and paralysis in more than 100 children across the United States this year. This week, we learned about a child diagnosed in Greenville, South Carolina. The condition is known as AFM. It’s not new, but there’s been an uptick in cases since 2014.

We asked Dr. Joshua Prince of Lexington Family Medicine, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, to tell us more about the condition and what parents should know.

Q: What is AFM?
A: AFM stands for acute flaccid myelitis. It’s a rare, but significant condition that affects the spinal cord. AFM is characterized by muscle weakness and abnormal reflexes. Symptoms include sudden weakness, slurred speech, droopy eyelids, inability to focus, and – in severe cases – trouble breathing.

Q: What’s causing it?
A: There’s no identified cause at this time. Several theories are under consideration including enterovirus, environmental toxins and genetic factors.

Q: Some cases of AFM may start with common cold symptoms like a runny nose. That may scare parents whose children have the sniffles. What message do you have for those parents?
A: This time of year, cold symptoms can be common. Do not be overly worried your child will develop AFM. It occurs in less than one in a million people. But if your child has a respiratory illness followed by neurological symptoms, have them evaluated immediately.

Dr. Joshua Prince

Q: How is it diagnosed?
A: In addition to a healthy history and physical, doctors will conduct studies including an MRI of the spinal cord.

Q: Who gets it?
A: Ninety percent of patients with AFM are under age 18. Some children may tell their parents they feel like their arm is broken. Keep in mind they may not know how to say they can’t move their muscle or lift their eyelids.

Q: What’s the prognosis for full recovery?
A: The long-term prognosis is unknown at this time. Some patients have recovered completely in 60 days. Other patients show symptoms over a much longer period of time. To increase chances of full recovery, patients should be under the care of a neurologist and physical therapist.

For more information about AFM, visit

Women’s Night Out 2018

More than 800 people attended Women’s Night Out on Tuesday, October 16 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. This annual event by Lexington Medical Center celebrates breast cancer survivors and their families. Proceeds benefit the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Campaign for Clarity, a capital campaign to expand 3-D mammography throughout the hospital network. The evening includes a physician exhibit, silent auction, fashion show, dinner and inspiring talk from a breast cancer survivor. Here are some photos.

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