William A. Hamilton MD, FACOGObstetrician-Gynecologist (OBGYN) in Fredericksburg, Virginia
Since the American Heart Association has designated February as Women's Heart Disease Awareness Month, the color red is not just for Valentine's Day anymore. Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women - goredforwomen.org - Heart disease continues to be the number one cause of death for women, and with changing blood pressure guidelines, more women are at risk for heart attack than ever. If you are due (or overdue) for heart disease and health screening, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (540) 373-4700.
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. ( cdc.gov ) Screening for cervical cancer involves PAP smear testing and may be combined with testing for the HPV virus. Yearly screening is not necessary for all women, but interval screening is still needed. The frequency of testing is determined by medical history and other issues. If you have questions and are due (or overdue) for cancer screening, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (540) 373-4700.
October is dominated by the color pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Early detection of breast cancer is the cornerstone of successful treatment, and regular mammogram screening is still the standard. The option for different types of mammogram testing continue to evolve, so it is important to stay informed. If you haven't had recent screening, contact your physician, update your family history, and continue to do self-exams. If we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (540) 373-4700.
A Southern Boy Recipe
Saturday mornings at the farmer's market offer a great variety of fresh summer vegetables. Take advantage of the season's bounty with a savory tomato and vidalia onion pie. Add another egg if you prefer a firmer filling. Need a shortcut? Purchase a ready-made crust. Perfect for brunch and delicious warm or cold, this "made from scratch pie" is worth the effort and sure to please everyone! Check out the recipe here http://bit.ly/2tw2duV
The start of summer June 21st is the summer solstice, and this longest day has been adopted by the Alzheimer's Association as a day of national awareness. As women live longer, increasing numbers are being affected by Alzheimer's and dementia. This puts a burden on families and caregivers. Caring for a family member affected by Alzheimer's has been described as "the longest day." If you or your family are affected by this condition, reach out to the Alzheimer's Association at Alz.org for additional information and support, or contact our office at 373-4700.
The best way to start Father's Day is to help others, and the best way to help others this Sunday is to participate in the Battling Cancer 5K. A fundraiser for Mary Washington Cancer Foundation and a true family event. This walk/run was started by Kyle Pfohl in 2012 to honor his mother, Annette, who had breast cancer. Sadly, she passed away in November 2016, but her spirit continues to inspire others. Check out the website at WWW.BATTLINGCANCERRACE.COM and join us Sunday morning to raise funds for cancer patients in the Fredericksburg area. Happy Father's Day to your fathers and ours!
As mosquito season returns, so do concerns regarding Zika virus exposure. The CDC has updated travel and testing guidelines recently, and the Virginia Department of Health will host a day-long clinician forum at the Fick Conference Center this month. The good news is that Zika virus has not been detected in Florida surveillance programs this year, suggesting success with their eradication program. For more detailed information, consult cdc.gov or www.vdh.virginia.gov websites. If you have specific questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact our office.
As January draws to a close, don't forget this is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Since the introduction of Pap Smear Screenings in the 1950's, cervical cancer deaths have declined by over 70%. Cervical cancer was once a leading cause of cancer death for women, but with early detection and the implementation of HPV vaccines, it may even be eliminated within our lifetimes. As a reminder, if you are due (or overdue) for your exam, please don't hesitate to contact our office at (540) 373-4700.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month may be over, but breast cancer screening continues year-round. We are fortunate to have an excellent Breast Cancer Program at Mary Washington, but successful treatment depends on regular screening for early detection. If you are due (or overdue) for your mammogram, have questions about 3-D or MRI screening, or concerns about self-exams, please don't hesitate to contact our office.
Due to new VDOT construction going on in front of our office you will no longer be able to access the Snowden Office Park in the usual manner. We suggest that you turn onto Cowan Boulevard and go to Hospital Drive. Bear right at the circle and follow Sam Perry Boulevard in front of Mary Washington Hospital. Turn right onto Mary Washington Boulevard and then right into the Snowden Office Park. We appreciate your patience and please feel free to call the office if you have questions.
With the arrival of Zika virus in south Florida, the Virginia Dept of Health has updated screening recommendations and included travel restrictions to those areas. As well, the State of Virginia is testing mosquitoes in this area for presence of the virus. There is currently no evidence of local mosquito-borne transition of Zika virus in Virginia. The Department of Health has reinforced avoidance of mosquito bites, reducing mosquito habitats at your home, and staying updated on travel advisories through CDC.gov. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact our office.