2017-10-20 / Health & Medical

OCTOBER is...

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

History of mammogram technology

Mammography remains one of the most popular and well-known diagnostic tools for breast cancer. It is estimated that 48 million mammograms are performed each year in the United States and many others are conducted all around the world under the recommended guidance of doctors and cancer experts. Mammography can be traced back more than 100 years to 1913, when German surgeon Albert Salomon attempted to visualize cancer of the breast through radiography. By the 1930s, the concept of mammography was gaining traction in the United States. Stafford L. Warren, an American physician and radiologist, began his own work on mammography, developing techniques of producing stereoscopic images of the breast with X-rays. He also championed the importance of comparing both breast images side-by-side.

Raul Leborgne, a radiologist from Uruguay, conducted his own work on mammography and, in 1949, introduced the compression technique, which remains in use today. By compressing the breast, it is possible to get better imaging through the breast and use a lower dose of radiation. Also, compression helps spread the structures of the breast apart to make it easier to see the individual internal components. Compression helps to pull the breast away from the chest wall and also to immobilize the breast for imaging.

Advancements in mammogram technology continued to improve through the 1950s and 1960s. Texas radiologist Robert Egan introduced a new technique with a fine-grain intensifying screen and improved film to produce clearer images. In 1969, the first modernday film mammogram was invented and put into widespread use. The mammogram process was fine-tuned in 1972 when a high-definition intensifying screen produced sharper images and new film offered rapid processing and shorter exposure to radiation. By 1976, the American Cancer Society began recommending mammography as a screening tool.

Through the years, mammography became a great help to women looking to arm themselves against breast cancer. Thanks to improvements in early detection and treatment, breast cancer deaths are down from their peak and survival rates continue to climb.

Think you need a hearing aid?

If you need or think you might need a hearing aid, you should call Mark Vail today — he’ll test and evaluate you for the hearing aid you need in the comfort of your home and you’ll be happy with it.

By visiting people in their homes, Mark can make the best assessment of what the person’s needs are. Sometimes, he visits people at their places of work because of concerns there. This attention to detail shows up in the low return rate he has.

You can reach Mark Vail at 284-9600 or toll free at 877-284-3400. Call today and you’ll be hearing better soon.

Cape Nails Hair & Spa

At Cape Nails Hair and Spa, we offer both the latest beauty techniques and products in hopes of providing a comfortable, peaceful and sanitary space. Our services include hair, make-up, facial, waxing, massage, nails enhancement, manicure & pedicure. Our staff is proud to present the cleanliness and effectiveness of our products and utensils. We use pedicure liners and disposable tools to

ensure the utmost sanitation as well as offer more natural products including organic nail polish and SNS Natural Dipping Powder. Our goal is to simply give our clients a friendly environment to relax and be treated. We strive to do our best and welcome your comments and feedback. Cape Nails Hair & Spa thanks you for welcoming us into the neighborhood!

What’s happening at the Cape Elizabeth Home?

We are under new administration and are making a few changes at the Cape Elizabeth Home! We still offer the same excellent independent living community, welcomiing seniors who want the convenience of community living while maintaining the comforts of home.

We still have the same restaurant style dining, with delicious, top-notch meals, and the same caring and responsible staff around the clock. We still include laundry and housekeeping in our very affordable monthly rate.

So what’s new? We have added a new activity coordinator to help us stay involved and in touch with the many resources and events in our vibrant community. We have updated our community room to make more space for Bingo, Movie Night, and entertainment. We have added weekly activities, including visiting pets! Our volunteer gardener is working hard making our gardens more inviting for our residents and guests to enjoy.

Our beautiful, historic home is conveniently located right across the bridge from Portland, with access to many amenities, with bus services leading right to our front door.

We currently have vacancies, so this is the perfect time to check us out! You can find us on facebook at The Cape Elizabeth Home, or check out our website, at capeelizabethhome.org.

Please call 799-4992 for more information - or better yet, why not arrange for a visit and personal tour of the Home? We look forward to hearing from you.

Kevin Fournier

Do you believe your life can totally transform? I didn’t either until it happened to me! This is my story of transformation by Kevin Fournier. I ran into a situation that I never expected, my business was stolen away from me, and I ended up broke, stressed out and depressed. And then I discovered a set of transformational tools that totally transformed my life! Once I realized that it was possible to transform a life, I got 9 certifications in life-changing technologies. I transformed a homeless druggy alcoholic, so he got a job and place to live right away. 9 months after, he moved into a lakeside condo with his new girlfriend, was making more money than ever before, and is driving for the first time in 20 years. If it worked with him, it can transform anyone, including yours! Now, I am giving a one-day seminar that is guaranteed to transform your life.

Providing home care for you & your loved ones

At New England Family Healthcare, we strive to provide the best in-home services for you or your loved ones at affordable rates. Since 2001, we’ve been helping people with personal care (bathing/dressing), light housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparation, companionship and the like. If you or a family member have had surgery, are going through a course of treatment, or can no longer do some of the everyday household chores you’ve always done, call us at 699-4663 for a free consultation.

SANCTUARY HOME ORGANIZING — Organizing for Changing Seasons!

As autumn arrives, so do organizing opportunities. It’s a good time to review and pare down the contents of your wardrobe and coat closets as we move from warmer to cooler weather. Now that you’re inside more, let’s deal with those piles of clutter you put aside for more fun outdoor activities. Winter snow and ice will soon arrive, so it’s time to make room for the car in your garage. Before purchasing new holiday decorations, let’s sort through & weed out your current collection. Planning to sell your home? I can help with downsizing and staging using your own furnishings. You will be amazed at what we can accomplish in 3 to 4 hours! Call me, Leslie Girmscheid, of Sanctuary Home Organizing for a free evaluation. For more information and organizing tips, check out my website at www.SanctuaryHomeOrganizing.com.

Contact me at 207-272-6027 or leslieg@maine.rr.com.

Individual Care of Maine

Q. What makes Individual Care of Maine different from other In Home Care companies.

A. A few things separate us from other in home care companies.

First; We prioritize getting outside daily as it pertains to each client. depending on the physical abilities of each client we try to walk an move each day.

Second; We believe in cooking exceptional meals. There is just something about a home cooked meal that is good for the soul. When we train we also incorporate some cooking lessons to get our caregivers thinking about exceptional nutrition.

Third; We pay our caregivers way above the industry norm. We work as a team and help one another. When the caregivers are happy everybody is happy. In most situations the saying “the client comes first” is the norm. We believe this but we also feel that the caregiver also comes first. If the caregiver is well compensated and well supported by their employer, inevitibly ensures that the caregiver takes pride in the job that he or she is doing. When you take good care of your employees they, in turn take good care of the client.

Q. What was the inspiration for Individual Care of Maine

A. A dear friend was having a terrible time finding quality help with her mom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago. She was going through many caregivers and was continuously stressed about what was going on at hom while she was at work. Caregivers were calling in sick, not showing up, and sometimes just not a good fit for the family. Having been in a role as a caregiver as early as age 22 when my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor and then with a son needing ongoing surgeries from a bone disorder, and then being a cancer survivor myself I understood both sides of caregiving. I understood the stress and worry of caring for a family member and also recognized the difference my caregivers made in my and my familys life while I was undergoing my own treatment for cancer. I was inspired and I knew how I wanted our company to look. More human and less corporate.

Are you Perplexed, Bewildered, Dazed or Confused about your health insurance?

Tis the season to talk about your healthcare! Medicare Annual Enrollment: October 15 – December 7th! Obamacare Open Enrollment: November 1 – December 15th

Karen Vachon, Licensed Health Insurance agent helps senior citizens, families, and individuals navigate their health protection options. From Medicare to Obamacare, she tackles the individual needs of her clients and their situations – from rising health insurance premiums, prescription costs, doctor networks and federal penalties, Karen taps into available resources and options to meet the life style needs for life’s twists, turns, and surprises.

Whether you are a senior planning for retirement and transitioning from individual or employer coverage or an under 65 individual, family, or self-employed concerned about rising premiums, Karen not only helps people weigh their carrier options, she educates people on how to optimize the value of their plan from preventive care to Medicare 101. “Knowing how your coverage works is more important than simply having it!”

With overlapping enrollment periods, it is true what they say:“When it rains; it pours!” It is a busy season. For personal attention, book your appointment today! Karen books up quickly. 730- 2664

MassageCraft, Headquarters for Injury Specific Work

Do you suffer from pain or injury that keeps you from doing what you enjoy? Let the the experienced staff at MassageCraft put you on the road to recovery. Our practitioners have over 75 years of combined experience in eastern and western massage techniques and acupuncture. Not sure whether you need acupuncture or massage? Choose acupuncture for pain complicated by digestive distress, menstrual issues, respiratory problems, anxiety or depression. Too sore for a back massage? Acupuncture can alleviate back pain with a few needles placed in the hands. Are you feeling the effects of too many hours at the computer? Perhaps you’re feeling sore from keeping pace with the extended Indian summer? A deep tissue massage will work out the stiffness, soreness and knots. Your muscles will be longer, suppler, and you will be less prone to re-injury. Not to mention the positive effects both acupuncture and massage have on your sleep and stress levels.

MassageCraft&Acupuncture Clinic was established in 1991, with convenient locations in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach. We accept workers compensation and some private insurance upon benefit verification. We offer corporate discounts to UNE, SMMC, and CSI. OPEN SUNDAYS Call 286-8416 or 934-0849 for an appointment. And please visit us at our web site: www.massagecraft.com.

Did you know?

Certain cancers are more prevalent across the globe than others. According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, the most common form of cancer in the world is lung cancer, which accounted for 13 percent of the total number of new cancer diagnoses in 2012, the fund’s most recent statistic year on record. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer, followed by colorectal cancer. The three most common cancers among men include cancers of the lung, prostate and colorectal, while breast, colorectal and lung cancer are the most widely diagnosed cancers among women. Cancers of the stomach, liver and cervix are also quite common.

Basics Fitness Center Fit Exercise Into Your Day!

By Peter Allen, Fitness Director, Personal Trainer Basics Fitness Center Peter@basicsfitnessme.com phone: 207.774.3536

Everyone has the same 24 hours each day. You need to make time to take care of yourself. Adding a safe exercise program to meet your needs is a great start. Improving your strength, flexibility, balance, and overall conditioning will enhance your overall lifestyle and reduce your risk of falls.

The following tips will help you start an exercise program today:

1. Choose an activity that is fun!

2. Set small realistic goals and reward

yourself when you meet them!
3. Schedule 3 exercise sessions
per week- mornings are best!
4. Vary your exercise routine!
5. Hire a personal trainer! It’s the most
effective way to reach your goals.
6. Exercise with a friend! It’s fun and
motivating!
7. Join a supervised program with
certified instructors like Basics
Fitness Center!
8. Finally, always check with your
physician before starting an
exercise program!

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