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Speaking of Men’s Health

man at beachWhat do cardiology, internal medicine, oncology and orthopaedics have in common? They’re all specialties that will be represented at Lexington Medical Center’s June physician lecture, “Speaking of Men’s Health.” The free lecture will be held on Monday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus.

Four Lexington Medical Center physicians will speak on a panel during the lecture. They are David K. Lee, MD of Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, Bradley W. Word, MD of The Columbia Medical Group, James L. Wells III, MD of Lexington Oncology and William W. Brabham, MD of Lexington Cardiology. Each will speak about topics related to their specialties. The topics will include knee replacement, shoulder injuries, heart attacks, cardiac arrhythmias, vitamins, types of cancer, staying in shape as we age, and more. Then, members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Lexington Medical Center Community Outreach at (803) 936-8850.

“Speaking of Men’s Health” is part of the hospital’s monthly lecture series featuring medical topics that are important to our community. For more information on Lexington Medical Center events, visit LexMed.com.

FREE Skin Cancer Screening June 27th

It’s the time of year when we’re spending a lot of time outdoors and in the sun. While the sun can be fun, it can also damage your skin and make you more vulnerable to developing skin cancer. In fact, the Southeastern region of the United States has some of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the nation. That’s why Lexington Medical Center is teaming up with Palmetto Dermatology to offer a FREE skin cancer screening on Friday, June 27, 2014.

The free skin cancer screening will take place from 9:00 a.m. – Noon on Friday, June 27 at 109 West Hospital Drive in West Columbia. That’s the Lexington Sleep Solutions building. To make an appointment, call Lexington Medical Center Community Outreach at (803) 936 – 8850 Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Capacity is limited. An appointment is necessary.

sunscreen“Lexington Medical Center and Palmetto Dermatology are joining together to provide this important service to our community with the hopes that we can reduce the rate of melanoma in Lexington County,” said Connie Watson, Lexington Medical Center Community Outreach Director.

Upon arriving at the appointment, patients will fill out a questionnaire related to family and medical history. Then, they’ll receive a full body skin cancer screening from a doctor or physician assistant that looks for any suspicious moles or nodules on the skin. If the clinician finds something that appears suspicious, they will refer the patient to a doctor’s office for further inspection. Participants will also receive educational information about skin cancer.

Studies show that in 2013, more than 75,000 Americans were diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. More than 9,000 patients died. Approximately 86% of melanomas are attributed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that about 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime. And doctors at Lexington Medical Center have reported seeing an increase in skin cancer among young adults in their 20’s.

According to Dr. Jeff Smith of Palmetto Dermatology, melanoma can be a very dangerous disease. Although it only makes up 3% of skin cancers, it is responsible for 75% of skin cancer deaths. Other than breast cancer, it is the most common form of cancer for women under 40.

“Sun protection, prompt detection and aggressive management are keys to treating melanoma,” said Dr. Smith “It can also be difficult to see. Some melanomas start with something as small as a spot between your toes.”

Doctors emphasize the importance of monthly self skin exams and yearly dermatology checkups in an effort to achieve early detection. Moles with the following characteristics should prompt concern:

~Asymmetrical borders
~Dark colors or multi-colored
~Diameter larger than a pencil eraser
~Evolving

Once a diagnosis is made, doctors perform prompt and appropriate surgical intervention.
To avoid skin cancer, experts recommend that patients:
~Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 year-round when outside to avoid sunburn.
~Avoid tanning beds.
~Seek shade. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

LMC Expanding Mammography to Vista Women’s Healthcare

You might feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. While working, going to school, running a household and raising children, our health can often take a back seat. Trying to get to appointments for doctor visits, radiologic studies, and lab services all over town can make it even more challenging to stay up-to-date with routine care.

Mammography Technologist Lisa Wymer performs a mammogram at Vista Women's Healthcare in Columbia's Vista

Mammography Technologist Lisa Wymer performs a mammogram at Vista Women’s Healthcare in Columbia’s Vista

Lexington Medical Center is working to make taking care of ourselves easier and more convenient. Vista Women’s Healthcare, a Lexington Medical Center practice, has begun offering on-site screening mammography at their Gervais Street location, in the heart of Columbia’s Vista.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, most with no family history or notable risk factors. As with all cancers, an early diagnosis can be the key to surviving a dreaded disease.

“Mammography remains our most effective screening tool for breast cancer,” said Dr. John Moore, a gynecologist at Vista Women’s Healthcare. “We hope that by adding this service, we will increase the number of patients who are able to adhere to the screening guidelines.”

Women should begin yearly mammograms at age 40. Earlier studies are often recommended if there is a significant family history of breast cancer. Your health care provider can assist you in determining when your screening should begin.

Vista Women’s Healthcare becomes the sixth site in the Lexington Medical Center’s network of care to offer mammography. Other locations include the main hospital campus in West Columbia, LMC’s community medical centers in Chapin, Irmo, and Lexington, and a mobile mammography van that travels throughout the Midlands.

Vista Women’s Healthcare’s location and accessible, dedicated parking in the Vista makes it a convenient stop for women who work, go to school, or spend time in the downtown Columbia area.

A full-time, certified mammography technologist will conduct the state-of-the-art digital screening study in the practice’s spacious, comfortable radiology suite. A team of radiologists at Lexington Medical Center will promptly read the images and report the results to you and your ordering physician. If your study shows anything of concern, you will be contacted by Lexington Medical Center to arrange additional diagnostic studies or testing at the facility on the main hospital campus. The hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center is rated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and is an American College of Radiology Accredited Facility.

At Vista Women’s Healthcare, creating an environment that serves all of the health care needs of women in one location is a primary goal and part of the larger picture for the practice—one they hope represents the future of well visits for women.

“We are dedicated to creating a medical home for women in the Columbia and Lexington area,” said Dr. Moore. “If you make obtaining care easier and faster, patients are more likely to go get the care they need. That will help women live healthier and longer lives.”

Vista Women's Healthcare: Standing L to R: Abigail Smith, MD; Harold Moore, MD; Beverly Summer, NP. Sitting L to R: Kathryn Moore, MD; John Moore, MD

Vista Women’s Healthcare: Standing L to R: Abigail Smith, MD; Harold Moore, MD; Beverly Summer, NP. Sitting L to R: Kathryn Moore, MD; John Moore, MD

The practice currently includes four gynecologists and a nurse practitioner. They provide complete gynecologic and many primary care services for women in all stages of life. This includes well women preventive exams with pap smears, evaluation of abnormal pap smears and in office treatment of cervical abnormalities. Adolescent gynecology, all forms of contraception, as well as treatment options for menopausal symptoms and incontinence are also available. The physicians are well versed in minimally invasive surgical techniques and offer treatment options for fibroids, abnormal bleeding, endometriosis and pelvic pain. For patients’ convenience, ultrasound, urodynamics testing, bone density, and laboratory services are all on-site.

In addition to Dr. John Moore, the practice includes Dr. Harold Moore, Dr. Kathryn Moore, Dr. Abigail Smith, and nurse practitioner Beverly Summer.

Patients, or their providers, may schedule a screening mammogram with Lexington Medical Center by calling (803) 791-2486 and reviewing appointment options. Patients may schedule an appointment with Vista Women’s Healthcare by calling (803) 254-3230.