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Articles by Sharp Grossmont Hospital Health News Team

Although it is not as well-known as breast, lung or colon cancer, bladder cancer is among the top 10 most common types of cancer in the U.S.

More than 70,000 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year. Knowing the symptoms and early detection are vital to surviving this disease.

Dr. Youssef Tanagho, a urologist affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital, specializes in diagnosing and treating bladder cancer.

Your heart is only about the size of your fist, but this small organ packs a big punch. Every day it beats 100,000 times, pumping blood to every part of the body through a network of vessels.

This blood delivers oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues and carries away waste products, which is necessary to sustain life. In other words, your heart keeps you alive.

The heart is an extraordinarily complex organ. To help understand how it works, think of a house.

Tens of thousands of women with breast cancer may now be able to skip chemotherapy.

According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that women with smaller-sized tumors that have not spread to the lymph nodes — and who did not receive chemotherapy — did just as well as those who did.

For most cancer patients, remission is a time of renewal.

With treatment behind them, they can ease back into the life they knew. But with survivorship can come a new fear — the fear of cancer returning.

And worse, some see that fear come true.

When cancer comes back, it is considered a recurrence. It happens when some cancer cells — no matter how aggressively they were targeted — never truly go away.

If you suffer from migraine headaches, you are not alone. The painful, often debilitating neurological condition affects 12 percent of the U.S. population — or 39 million men, women and children. Migraines, considered one of the top 10 most disabling diseases on the planet by the World Health Organization, are the cause of 113 million lost workdays per year in the United States.

Humorist Josh Billings famously said, “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself,” and any dog owner would surely agree. 

While our canine cronies provide endless fun photo ops, the best news is that having a dog can substantially improve our mental and physical health.

If you suffer from shoulder pain associated with common shoulder ailments, you may have considered injections as part of your treatment plan.

Doctors usually advise conservative approaches such as physical therapy or injections before recommending surgery to their patients.

The most common type of shoulder injection therapy involves the use of corticosteroids, also known as steroids.

Steroids are synthetic drugs that closely resemble cortisol, a hormone that our adrenal glands produce naturally.

By Sharp Health News/Sharp HealthCare

Special to the East County Californian

As the only dedicated cardiovascular center in East County, Sharp Grossmont’s new state-of-the-art Heart & Vascular Center, set to open in the fall of 2018, is poised to be a true lifesaver for the communities and patients it will serve.

Hispanics are the fastest growing population in the U.S., and as the population has grown, so have instances of skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma incidence — the deadliest form of skin cancer — has risen nearly 20 percent in the last two decades among Hispanics.

Kids who regularly eat fish may enjoy better quality sleep and higher IQs, according to a recent study. Researchers in China followed 541 schoolchildren ages nine to 11, and noted their fish consumption and sleep quality. At age 12, they measured their IQ and found that those who ate fish at least once per week scored close to five points higher in IQ tests and reported fewer sleep problems than those who ate fish no more than twice a month.