Tag Archives: Women’s Health

Misconceptions about Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Statistics show that two million people will be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease in the United States this year. And South Carolina has the third highest number of cases of all 50 states.

In this WLTX interview, Dr. Samantha Morton, OB/GYN at Carolina Women’s Physicians, talks about some common misconceptions related to STDs – and separates fact from fiction.

According to Dr. Morton, one of the reasons there is a high number of sexually transmitted diseases may be because the use of condoms has decreased. Secondly, she says many STDs such as chlamydia can be asymptomatic for years – someone could have them and be transferring them to sexual partners without knowing. It’s also important to point out that the birth control pill will not protect patients from STDs. And, the HPV vaccine – designed to decrease the risk of cervical cancer – will not protect someone from contracting other STDs. Many times, STDs can be treated with antibiotics – but patients can still contract them again.

If you have questions about STDs, speak with your doctor.

For more information on Carolina Women’s Physicians, click here.

Support Groups for Breast Cancer Patients

Lexington Medical Center offers a number of support groups for patients with cancer. Meeting with fellow cancer patients and families can help alleviate stress and depression, and educate families about their cancer journey. The support groups are also free for anyone to attend, even if they did not receive their cancer treatment at Lexington Medical Center.

The first group is called “Coping with Cancer Together.” It’s for anyone diagnosed with cancer and meets at the hospital on Wednesday mornings.

The second group is “Sharing Hope.” It’s for women with recurrent or metastatic breast cancer. With the group run by a Lexington Medical Center breast cancer nurse navigator, patients gather and draw support from others.

This month, WLTX came to a Sharing Hope meeting to learn more about how the group helps patients. Here is the story.

To learn more about “Coping with Cancer Together” and “Sharing Hope,” click here.

Lexington Medical Center offers other support groups, too. To learn more about them, click here.

Meet the Patients: A Breast Cancer Survivor Story

Beth Addison is a mom of two teenage girls. She was diagnosed with breast cancer one year ago after a 3-D mammogram at Lexington Medical Center.

She underwent a year of treatment that included chemotherapy at Lexington Oncology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Beth also was featured as a model in our Women’s Night Out fashion show this year. The event honors breast cancer survivors and their families, and raises money for the Campaign for Clarity, a capital campaign to expand 3-D mammography throughout our hospital’s network of care.

In this WLTX news story, she shares her journey and what she learned along the way.

Lexington Medical Center diagnoses more than 250 cases of breast cancer each year. 3-D mammography is an important tool because it can reveal cancerous tumors when they are just 1 to 2 millimeters in size. Early detection is key to treating breast cancer. Visit LexMed.com/Cancer to learn more about our hospital’s cancer program.