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November Is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, and Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is encouraging the public to learn more about this disease that affects over 29 million people in the U.S.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce enough insulin or properly use insulin. The cause of diabetes is unknown, but diabetes can lead to blindness, heart disease, strokes, kidney failure and amputations.

According to the American Diabetes Association, at least 1 in 3 people will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. About 1.4 million Americans age 20 and older are newly diagnosed with diabetes each year.

Approximately 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes. It’s not just adults who can get diabetes. In fact, approximately 208,000 people younger than age 20 have diabetes.

Diabetes also remains the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. as of 2010. Diabetes is the primary cause of death for 69,071 Americans each year.

PCRMC provides many resources and educational opportunities for people diagnosed with diabetes along with their families and caregivers.

The Diabetes Outpatient Clinic at PCRMC, which is fully accredited by the American Diabetes Association, has the tools you need to manage your diabetes and enjoy life. Patients must be referred to the clinic by their primary care provider.

The Diabetes Outpatient Clinic is located at the PCRMC North Entrance, 1000 West 10th St., Rolla. There also are outpatient clinics Tuesday evenings only at Forest City Medical Practice, 1000 North Jefferson St., in St. James and Thursdays only at the Waynesville Medical Plaza, 1000 GW Lane St., in Waynesville.

In addition, PCRMC offers a free diabetes support group on the first Saturday of each month (except for January and July) from 10 a.m. to noon in Private Dining Room 2 near the cafeteria at PCRMC in Rolla. For more information about this support group, call 573-458-7697 or visit pcrmc.com.

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Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is November 14-20

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is November 14-20 this year, and Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) wants to use this week to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections.

This is why it is so important to use antibiotics only when needed, and if needed, to use the right drug at the right dose and for the right amount of time.

Illnesses caused by viruses, like the common cold and the flu, do not improve with antibiotics. Taking antibiotics for colds can be harmful to your health. In fact, unnecessary antibiotics can make future infections harder to treat.

Antibiotics are almost never needed for bronchitis, and antibiotics are not recommended to help treat many ear infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most sore throats will go away on their own without antibiotics.

Sometimes antibiotics are not the cure, so work with your healthcare provider to find the best treatment.

If your healthcare provider does prescribe you antibiotics, take them exactly as directed. Even if you feel better, do not skip doses or stop taking an antibiotic early without approval from your healthcare professional.

Additionally, never save antibiotics for future illnesses and never take antibiotics prescribed for others. Also, do not share antibiotics with others. Talk to your pharmacist about how to dispose of leftover antibiotics.

Get more helpful tips on how to treat the symptoms of viral infections and learn more about antibiotics resistance by visiting www.cdc.gov/getsmart or call -800-232-4636 (CDC-INFO). 

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Tezo Karedan, MD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Oncologist and hematologist Tezo Karedan, MD, has recently joined the cancer care team at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI).

Dr. Karedan earned her medical degree from Odessa State Medical University in Odessa, Ukraine, and completed her residency in internal medicine at the Trivandrum Medical College at the University of Kerala, India.

She also completed residency training in internal medicine at McLaren Regional Medical Center at Michigan State University in Flint, Michigan, and a clinical fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Karedan said she knew she wanted to be a physician since childhood.

Her favorite aspect about being a care provider is giving hope to patients. “Physicians have a special bond with their patients,” she said, noting that doctors are mentors and guides to their patients.

As for why she chose PCRMC, Dr. Karedan said she likes that Rolla is just the right-sized community. “I like this place. It’s comfortable,” she said.

Dr. Karedan encourages patients to practice preventative care. “Be aware of yourself,” she said, so that when something is different with your body, you can let your provider know.

Do exercise, but don’t smoke, she recommends. In addition, she urges patients to get screening studies done.

Dr. Karedan has been practicing for three years. After completing her residency, she worked at one of the biggest cancer centers in India, where she was involved in the care of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. She also worked in rural, underserved areas of India and was a primary care physician in the suburbs of Trivandrum, India.

To learn more about Dr. Karedan, or to make an appointment, please visit pcrmc.com or call 573-364-9000.

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PCRMC Holds Breast Cancer Awareness Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) held its third annual pumpkin decorating contest on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016.

Pumpkins submitted had to have a Breast Cancer Awareness theme (with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and could be decorated or carved. Winners were determined by votes that were cast with money.

The contest raised a total of $856.86 this year. All proceeds benefited the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation’s Breast Center Mammography Fund, which provides uninsured women in need with free mammograms and ultrasounds.

There were both individual and group categories. Medical Oncology won the group category with its entry of “Rooting Out Breast Cancer Pink Pig.” Infection Prevention came in a close second.

In the individual category, Lora Gilbert won with a Kitty Cat pumpkin entry, with Mechelle Grumney coming in a close second.

Prizes were awarded to the group and individual whose pumpkins had the most money.

There were 16 participants in this year’s pumpkin contest.

PCRMC, the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation, Auxiliary & Volunteer Services and the Comprehensive Breast Center all thank everyone who entered a pumpkin into the contest and to those who voted with their dollars!

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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is encouraging women age 40 and older to get their annual breast cancer screenings.

Every Friday in October, the PCRMC Comprehensive Breast Center is offering free 3-D mammograms to women who are at least age 40 and financially qualify. The Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation’s Breast Center Mammography Fund is covering the cost of 50 3-D mammograms.

The Comprehensive Breast Center has been offering 3-D mammograms since June 2016.

The 3-D mammogram takes about 26 projections of the breast, and PCRMC radiologists can view 1-millimeter slices to get a clearer view of dense breast tissue and detect any abnormalities.

Tiffany Henry, Comprehensive Breast Center coordinator, said there is a 30-40 percent higher detection rate with 3-D mammograms than 2-D mammograms. Mammograms take about 15-20 minutes.

Missouri ranks 42nd in the nation for women getting screening mammograms, Henry noted.

Breast cancer occurs when there is a fast growth of cells in the breasts that turn abnormal and usually cause a lump. Not all cases of breast cancer are alike, and there are different ways to treat breast cancer.

Some of the symptoms of breast cancer may include breast lumps, redness or swelling of the breasts, nipple retraction or nipple discharge, dimpling, changes in the skin of the breast and sometimes pain.

Non-invasive breast cancer occurs if the cell growth stays within the breast lobule or duct, said Carol Walter, nurse navigator with the Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI). Once the growth goes outside that area, it becomes invasive.

 The stages of breast cancer depend on the tumor’s size, how many lymph nodes are affected and whether it has spread to other areas, such as the lungs, liver or bones.

“Don’t be afraid,” Walter advised women who may have concerns about getting mammograms. “So many women put it off because they are afraid of what they might find or that it will hurt.”

Henry recommends that women be self-aware about their breasts and what they normally look and feel like so that if an abnormality occurs, they are more likely to notice it and can let their provider know.

Walter said the older women get, the more likely they may get breast cancer.

To learn more about mammograms, breast self-exams and general breast health, call PCRMC’s Comprehensive Breast Center at 573-458-3100.