Breast cancer deaths decline with early diagnosis

Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In fact, about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime....

DATE: March 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

Dangers of diabetes can be reduced with help, action

In 2014, 29.1 million Americans were estimated to be living with diabetes. Of these, an estimated 8.1 million persons were unaware that they had the disease. The total estimated cost of diagnosed...

DATE: March 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

Catch prostate cancer early, and get the best treatment

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. This month serves to increase our awareness of the importance of prostate health and to help men who are living with the disease have a better...

DATE: March 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

Getting the most from your doctor's appointment

In today’s managed care environment, the time you spend with your physician is your best opportunity to discuss your medical problem and concerns. To get the most quality time you deserve with your...

DATE: March 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

Six habits for better health

Becoming healthy and fit – or even maintaining your current level of health and fitness – requires action. The path of least resistance tends to include habits like not exercising regularly,...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest health notes

Colon cancer screening options

Colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon and rectum – is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Men and women are at almost equal risk of getting this potentially...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest health notes

You can stop smoking; here’s how

More than 18 percent of adults in the U.S. still smoke, despite widely known health risks.Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and accounts for one in every five...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest health notes

Back to school health and safety tips

Now that our community’s children are back in school, here are some tips to ensure that they stay healthy both in and out of the classroom throughout the year. First, two tips for everyone, whether...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2014 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

Treatment options for serious pain

Everyone experiences pain from time to time. Often it’s fleeting and goes away without any treatment at all within a few minutes (remember the last time you stubbed your toe?) or over the course of...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest health notes

Eight reasons to check your child's vaccines

Supplies have been out on store shelves for weeks, and before you know, it big yellow buses will be transporting students to and from school each day. It’s a busy time, and one non-negotiable item...

DATE: July 31, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest health notes

How to get started on choosing a health-care provider

There are many options from which to choose when it comes to medical care – primary care physicians, specialists, and nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work in conjunction with...

DATE: July 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes

Play your cards right, and be healthy in old age

Why is that some people ease into their older years with relative ease, while others struggle with a chronic illness or an annoying array of medical problems? According to Cortez internal medicine...

DATE: July 3, 2014 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes