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As you deck the halls in preparation for the holidays, you should make sure that you are not creating unintended burn hazards that could damage your property and lead to a visit to West Hills Hospital’s ER. Below is a look at the most common fire and burn hazards in the home during the holidays.
You will want to use a surge protector when you plug in festive lights and electronic decorations this year. Be sure to inspect all cords for exposed wires and discard any that are in poor condition. If you use an extension cord, check to see that it is rated for the desired purpose.
If you have a real pine tree, you will want to vacuum up dried needles that fall from the tree, as they can pose a fire hazard. Real trees should also be disposed of before they dry out so they are not a risk after the holidays are over. Use caution with fake snow, Christmas tree scent, and other products that could be ignited by candles or other flames.
Unattended Items on the Stove
If you have long-cooking items on the stove or in the crock pot, you should keep kids out of the kitchen and check on these items frequently to monitor boil-over accidents. Always teach your children to avoid the stove top and stay away from areas where hot dishes are being passed around. This video from West Hills Hospital’s world renowned Grossman Burn Center offers scald prevention guidance for busy kitchens during the holiday season.
LED candles are an excellent alternative to wax candles because they do not have the potential to ignite other items around them. If you prefer burning candles, never leave them unattended and only place them on flat, flame-resistant surfaces. Older adults may need additional reminders. This video talks about how we can safeguard this risk group from burn injuries.
West Hills Hospital can provide excellent care for burn injuries that may arise this holiday season. For more tips on injury prevention, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare information and physician referral line at (818) 676-4321.
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By now, virtually everyone understands the dangers of lung cancer. Still, millions of people continue to smoke one, two, or more packs of cigarettes every day. The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is around 15%, making it one of the deadliest cancers. That’s why West Hills Hospital & Medical Center recommends that the following people consider lung cancer screenings:
Some experts estimate that smoking tobacco is the main cause in as many as 90% of all lung cancer cases. Years of breathing in tar and other toxins can take its toll on smokers, and eventually lead to the development of lung cancer. If you smoke, don’t wait until you start experiencing symptoms to go in for a lung screening—a timely lung cancer screening could save your life.
It can take the lungs a long time to recover from an addition to cigarettes. Even if you quit smoking, you could still be at risk of developing lung cancer. The American Lung Association says that individuals with a smoking history of 30 pack-years, or the equivalent of one pack a day for 30 years, are the most at risk. After adding the number of packs you’ve smoked in your life, ask your doctor if you should consider a lung cancer screening.
Individuals Over 55
Individuals between the ages of 55 and 74 are the most at risk of developing lung cancer. Even if you have smoked very little in your life, or not at all, you should consider a lung cancer screening. Though smoking is by far the most common cause of lung cancer, other causes include second-hand smoke, radon gas inhalation, and asbestos inhalation. You might also consider a screening if you have a family history of lung cancer.
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers cancer screening and treatment to residents in West Hills and throughout the Los Angeles area. Call (818) 676-4321 or our Consult-A-Nurse hotline to learn more about how you could benefit from our cancer care services.
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Studies show that women have a much easier time quitting smoking when they have plenty of social support. Unfortunately, work, child care, and other obligations can make it difficult to seek help.
This video discusses the National Cancer Institute’s Facebook support group for women trying to quit smoking. During times of weakness, women can go online and find all kinds of support in the form of discussions, videos, and encouraging messages. Since this all happens online, women don’t need to worry about organizing child care or transportation to find support.
For more help quitting smoking, call West Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (818) 676-4321. We offer emergency care and general wellness services for patients throughout West Hills and the Los Angeles area.
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Anyone can develop breast cancer—even men. However, the disease is 100 times more common in women. Among women, there are those who are particularly susceptible to developing breast cancer. That’s why the cancer care team at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center wishes to spread important information on risk factors. While the following factors indicate risk, their presence does not guarantee the development of cancer, nor does their absence make women safe from this disease.
Genetic mutation is the most common cause of breast cancer, which means women with a family history of the disease carry a higher risk. If one person in your immediate family has had breast cancer, your risk doubles; if two people in your family have had it, your risk triples.
Your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you age. That’s why cancer care doctors recommend that women start getting annual mammograms at age 40—sometimes sooner. Doctors find two out of three invasive cancers in women over the age of 55.
Women who have menstruated for a longer period of time, and thus had more exposure to estrogen and progesterone, may be more at risk of developing cancer. If you began menstruating before the age of 12, or if you began menopause past 55, you should ask a doctor about your potential risk.
Not all risk factors are unchangeable; there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of breast cancer. This includes exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting your alcohol consumption. To find out how else you can help prevent breast cancer, ask your doctor.
If you know the risk factors for breast cancer and are vigilant about annual mammograms, you can have cancer care doctors identify and treat the disease before it’s too late. If you have any lingering questions about breast cancer, don’t hesitate to call West Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (818) 676-4321. You might also try our Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral Line.
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After successful breast cancer treatment, most women assume that their lives will go back to normal. However, recovery is often a long, tough road for which women should be adequately prepared.
This video from the National Cancer Institute discusses how women cope with the challenge of recovery. Though the cancer may be gone, you’re still left with the task of putting your life back together. The best thing you can do is learn everything you can, seek support, and make sure you have realistic expectations as you move beyond cancer.
Visit West Hills Hospital & Medical Center for help coping with breast cancer treatment and recovery. The cancer care experts at our West Hills facility will make sure you get the support you need during this trying time. Call us at (818) 676-4321 to learn about our cancer care services and H2U wellness program.