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Archive for March, 2012

Questions for Study Participants to ask the Clinical Trial Doctor

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

When you meet with your clinical trial doctor, you should feel free to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have about participating in a clinical trial. Your personal physician could also be a helpful resource for understanding clinical trials in general.

The following tips might help you in talking with your clinical trial doctor. 

• Consider taking a family member or a friend along for support and help.
• Plan your questions ahead of time, and don’t hesitate to ask any follow-up questions that come up during your conversation with the clinical trial doctor.
• Write down your questions in advance to make sure you remember to ask them all, and write down the answers so that you can review them later. You might also consider bringing a tape recorder to save the conversation on tape.

Health Fest

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Saltzer Medical Group is proud to support the Nampa Health Fest. Come on out and See us Saturday, March 17th from 10:00 Overall, observational studies examining dietary intake and breast cancer incidence have reported mixed results. AM – 4:00 PM at the Nampa Civic Center.   We will be providing screeings for Bone Density and Lung Function.  In addition we will have the prize wheel for the kids.

Newest Location

Friday, March 9th, 2012

PLEASE NOTE:  Unless your physician was formerly at Mercy North Health Center – they are still in their current location. 

Services from St. Als Health Plaza (formerly Mercy North) are the only services that have moved.  If you have a physician at any other location, please see them at their same location.

If there is a change in location you will be notified prior to you appointment.

The importance of a Pap Test

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Screening exams are extremely important for cancer prevention.  Unfortunately most of these exams are anxiety provoking and the worst one for women is the PAP smear.  PAP stands for Babeș-Papanicolaou test and it was named after the doctors who discovered the test.  The test is used to detect pre-cancerous cells of the cervix, which is located at the bottom of the uterus.  Cervical cancer is the 4th most common cancer in women, only behind lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer.   This screening exam allows early detection of abnormal cells, so it can be treated before they become cancer.  It is currently recommended that women get their first Pap smear done at the age of 21 and then get them yearly.  After several normal screens for women in a monogamous relationship, Pap’s can be spaced out to every 2 or 3 years.   Risk factors for cervical cancer include smoking, initiation of sexual relationships at a young age, and multiple sexual partners.  Make sure you get your screening done, it may be lifesaving.

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