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Getting to know Dr. Castro – Part 2

Dr. Fernando Castro

Dr. Fernando Castro

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Fernando X. Castro, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. He joins Bryan Wolf, MD, Janie “Kaki” Bruce, MD, and Bruce Goeckeritz, MD, at Lexington Rheumatology.

Dr. Castro is a board-certified rheumatologist who completed his residency as well as a rheumatology and immunology fellowship at the University of Missouri and Harry Truman VA Hospitals in Columbia, Mo.

We recently asked Dr. Castro about the cause, symptoms and treatment of osteoporosis.

LMC: What are the causes of osteoporosis?

Dr. Castro: Some osteoporosis risk factors are age, smoking and chronic conditions. In general, patients 40 years and older are more susceptible to the condition.

LMC: What symptoms will patients experience if they begin to develop osteoporosis?

Dr. Castro: Osteoporosis usually does not result in signs or symptoms until you fracture or break a bone. That’s why it’s important to educate patients and focus on prevention.

LMC: How is osteoporosis treated?

Dr. Castro: Once the condition is diagnosed, we try to treat patients with medication to maintain bone density and prevent fractures. It is more important to prevent the condition with calcium, vitamin D and weight-bearing exercises before there are problems.

Dr. Castro is accepting new patients.

To learn more about Dr. Castro and Lexington Rheumatology visit LexingtonRheumatology.com or call (803) 936-7410 to schedule an appointment.

Join us for the Colon Cancer Challenge!

Lexington Medical Center will hold its 5th annual Colon Cancer Challenge, a bike ride that raises awareness about colon cancer, on Saturday, March 29 in Irmo. Learn more about it – and colon cancer – in this interview on WIS-TV, featuring LMC VP of Community Relations Barbara Willm.

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LMC’s Colon Cancer Challenge 2014

Cyclists2Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Each year, more than 2,000 South Carolinians are diagnosed with colon cancer and 800 die from the disease. But it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer – and treatable when detected early. Unfortunately, not everyone receives proper screening.

That’s why Lexington Medical Center will host its fifth annual Colon Cancer Challenge bike ride on Saturday, March 29, 2014. All proceeds will go to the LMC Colon Cancer Fund. Hundreds of people participate in the event each year.

“Lexington Medical Center is pleased that the Colon Cancer Challenge helps to provide colonoscopies for people in need in our community,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center.

The Colon Cancer Challenge is set for March 29, 2014. The one-day bicycling event will feature 65-, 50-, 25- and 15- and 5-mile rides. Everything begins and ends at Dutch Fork Middle School, located at 1528 Old Tamah Road in Irmo.

Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. The 65- and 50-mile rides begin at 8:00 a.m; the 25-mile ride at 9:00 a.m; the15-mile ride at 9:30 a.m; and the 5-mile ride at 10:00 a.m. Lunch for bike riders will be served at 11:00 a.m.

60-, 50-, 25- and 15-mile Bike Rides: Early Registration: $35. After March 14: $40. Day of Event: $45. 5-mile Bike Ride: Early Registration: $20. After March 14: $25. Day of Event: $30.

This year’s Colon Cancer Challenge will also be a special tribute to Edwin Hudson, MD, a Lexington Medical Center radiologist and avid bike rider, who was killed in a tragic cycling accident last year.

Learn more and register here.

Here are some colon cancer facts from the American College of Gastroenterology:
· Colon cancer is the only form of cancer that is preventable.
· The best way to screen for colon cancer is a colonoscopy, which is an examination of the large intestine using a lighted tube.
· Colonnoscopy is among the most powerful tools in clinical medicine, because of its excellent potential to identify and permit removal of polyps before they turn into cancer.
· In general, doctors recommend that people undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50. African-Americans should begin screening at age 45.
· Early detection and intervention can reduce mortality from colon cancer by up to 90%.