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Cancer causes the cells of the body to divide unnaturally, damaging healthy tissues. Living a healthy lifestyle and receiving regular screenings can help to prevent the occurrence of cancer. If you have questions about cancer prevention and screening in Fort Walton Beach, contact your physician for more information.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A diet rich in essential nutrients can lower your cancer risk. Fresh fruits and vegetables have many cancer-fighting properties. Limit fats, salts, and sugars, which increase your risk of obesity and cancer. Reducing alcohol consumption has also been found to lower your cancer risk.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Keeping your body at a healthy weight reduces your risk for many diseases, including cancer. Regular physical activity, which helps you maintain your weight, has also been shown to lower colon cancer and breast cancer risk. If you are unable to lose weight on your own, see your doctor. Many hospitals offer nutritional counseling and weight loss programs to help you reach your goals.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Protect your skin from the sun every day by applying a sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater before you spend time outdoors. Even on cloudy days, UV radiation can penetrate the cloud cover and affect your skin. Avoid tanning outdoors or in salons, which can dramatically increase your risk of skin cancer.
Receive Regular Cancer Screenings
Hospitals offer a variety of cancer screening diagnostics to detect precancerous lesions that may need treatment. Depending upon your age and personal risk factors, talk to your doctor about screening for breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer. Your dentist checks for signs of oral cancer during every visit, so make sure to maintain your dental health as well.
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s Community Hospital Cancer Program has been recognized and commended by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. If you’d like to learn more about our hospital’s staff and services, call (850) 315-1352 or click through our comprehensive website.
Last updated 7 days ago
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital recently installed new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines, making a total capital investment of over $4 million, to provide the community with the latest imaging technology.
MRI exams are performed when patients are injured or ill, or when a physician suspects a medical condition that cannot be easily detected with a routine physical examination. MRI exams are non-invasive and can be used to identify specific diagnostic information that has not been obtained through other imaging technologies such as an Ultrasound, X-ray, or CT.
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center installed the GE Optima MR450w 1.5T Magnet, while TCH installed the GE BRIVO 355MR. Both machines feature quiet technology and improved imaging quality.
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s new GE Optima MR450w 1.5T Magnet offers a balance of advanced technology and patient comfort. The system’s features include a 70cm wide bore allowing more space for patient comfort, quiet technology to minimize acoustic noise and next generation clinical applications designed to reduce exam time. This system delivers uncompromised imaging capability for the most advanced and demanding exams to help physicians make definitive diagnoses.
Twin Cities Hospital’s new, state-of-the-art, high field MRI unit, the GE BRIVO 355MR has a next generation technology system that incorporates advanced features not found on many other systems in the area. Faster total scan time (often 15 minutes or less), a large patient opening of 60cm, and quiet technology to minimize acoustic noise are some of the advantages that assist patients who are claustrophobic or have difficulty lying for extended periods of time.
The Diagnostic Imaging Service Departments at both Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital are honored to be leaders in non-invasive medical imaging. Our teams of radiologists and medical staffs utilize the latest tools in identifying various medical conditions through the use of the latest in radiologic technology.
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center offers the following inpatient and outpatient services: CT, Digital X-ray, Interventional Radiology, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Digital Mammography, PET/CT and Ultrasound. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is currently accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in the following areas: CT, Mammography, MRI, PET, and Ultrasound.
Twin Cities Hospital offers the following inpatient and outpatient services: CT, Digital X-ray, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Digital Mammography, Echocardiography and Ultrasound. Twin Cities Hospital is currently accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in the following areas: CT, Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, and Ultrasound.
The ACR gold seal represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital work to ensure each patient reaches the healthiest lifestyle possible. For a free physician referral or more information about diagnostic imaging services at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital, please call Consult-A-Nurse at (855) 614-7274.
Last updated 25 days ago
Have you recently made the exciting and life-changing decision to have a baby? Before you take the next big step into pregnancy, there are a number of important things to do to safeguard your health and that of your baby. Keep reading to learn more about how to get your body ready for your much-anticipated bundle of joy.
Visit Your Doctor
Before you get pregnant, schedule a visit with your doctor at your local hospital or clinic. Your doctor will help you develop a preconception health care plan and discuss your medical history and any current conditions you have that may affect a pregnancy. Plan to speak with your doctor about any prior pregnancies you have had, your lifestyle, medications, and vaccines. All of this information is essential for developing a plan that safeguards your health and promotes a healthy pregnancy.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Being underweight or overweight puts you at risk for serious health conditions, including complications during pregnancy. Obesity also puts you at risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer, such as colon, breast, and endometrial. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight by committing to a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Avoid Harmful Environmental Substances
Toxic substances and contaminants, such as synthetic chemicals, metals, fertilizers, insect repellents, and cat or rodent feces, can cause harm to the reproductive system. Exposure to these substances can also lead to diseases that can affect your baby. Be sure to avoid harmful substances and contaminants and protect yourself at home and in the workplace.
To learn more about pre-pregnancy health and pregnancy planning, schedule a visit with a physician by calling Fort Walton Beach Medical Center at (850) 315-1352. In addition to women’s health services, we also offer emergency care, orthopedics, and surgical services. Let our skilled and caring staff keep you healthy and happy.
Last updated 1 month ago
Along with all the excitement of motherhood comes an important decision: the decision to breastfeed. Some mothers feel that breastfeeding is simply the best choice for their babies. Other mothers acknowledge the money-saving benefits of breastfeeding, while still others say that breastfeeding is a natural tradition that they want to continue with their own infants. In this video, you will learn what inspired several different mothers to decide to breastfeed their babies.
If you are an expectant mother looking for a reliable hospital with an excellent reputation, contact Fort Walton Beach Medical Center at (850) 315-1352. Our women’s services include both obstetrics and gynecology. We also have a neonatal intensive care unit for premature babies and a state-of-the-art infant security system to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for both mother and child.
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Women typically experience menopause in their fifties. During this time, the body undergoes a number of changes as it halts its capacity to reproduce. If you are going through menopause, it’s essential that you get all the proper nutrients so you can minimize the symptoms and stay healthy. Keep reading to learn more about the best foods to eat during menopause.
Fruits and Vegetables
While doctors encourage all people to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, women going through menopause need to be especially vigilant about their fruit and veggie intake. Women should eat at least one and a half cups of fruit and two cups of vegetables every day.
High Fiber Foods
It is vital that women going through menopause consume foods with high fiber content. Foods such as whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice, and fruits and vegetables are all good sources of fiber. Women experiencing menopause should aim for 21 grams’ worth of these foods every day.
Women’s diets tend to be low in iron. It’s especially important that women going through menopause eat at least three servings of iron-rich foods daily. Red meat, nuts, leafy green vegetables, fish, and poultry are all high in iron.
In addition to being low in iron, women’s diets tend to be low in calcium. It is recommended that women age 51 and over take 1200 milligrams of calcium per day, or two to four servings of dairy products or calcium-rich foods, such as fish with bones, legumes, and broccoli.
For more information about women’s health, contact Fort Walton Medical Beach Center at (850) 315-1352. We offer a comprehensive list of medical services, including emergency care, diagnostic imaging, robotics services, and obstetrics and gynecology. Call or visit our website today to schedule an appointment with one of our highly qualified physicians.