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Silver Cross physician shares prevention tips for most common diseases in women Feb. 16

Joliet, IL (Feb. 1, 2011)— Every woman deserves to thrive. That means handling stress, getting good health care, and nurturing themselves. “Women need to be in charge of their health: work in partnership with their doctors, educate themselves on health risks, and pay close attention to their bodies,” says Dr. Corinne Nawrocki, family practice physician at Silver Cross Hospital.

nawrocki cJoin Dr. Nawrocki for a Spotlight on Women’s Health on Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Women will learn the facts about cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease and how you can prevent them. A drawing will be held for a free Baseline Cardiovascular Risk Assessment. Register to attend this program online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) to register to attend this free program.

While some illnesses cannot be prevented, it is important for women to know the risk factors and symptoms for the most common diseases. Being proactive and discussing screenings with your physician makes good health sense, and can help detect an illness at an earlier stage. Some of the most common illnesses in women are heart disease, breast cancer, and osteoporosis.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is still the leading killer for women. However, the bigger danger is the growing number of women who continue to remain undiagnosed for heart disease. This is why it is so important for women to stay in tune with their bodies and recognize the symptoms of heart disease such as chest pain, but also less noticeable symptoms such as jaw pain, shoulder ache, nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath.

Another illness women need to be concerned about is Breast cancer because it is the most common cancer in women. Early prevention habits including an annual mammogram and daily self-breast exams can be lifesaving. While cancer can be frightening, it can be treated. Early detection of breast cancer greatly improves your odds for survival. That's because the smaller the cancer is when it's found, the better the chance for a surgical cure. Smaller breast cancers are also less likely to have spread to lymph nodes and other organs such as the lungs and brain.

In addition, Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and fragile. It's caused by bone loss, which accelerates in women after menopause. Over 68% of women suffer from Osteoporosis in America, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. However, this disease is largely preventable. Adequate calcium conception and weight-bearing physical activity are essential to building and maintaining strong, healthy bones.

"Your body will do what it can to repair itself, but you have to provide the tools for it, such as annual checkups, a healthy diet, and physical activity," says Dr. Nawrocki. “The key is to really listen to your body.”

About the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health
The Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health represents a unique concept in women’s healthcare. The Center was the first in the region to provide an advanced level of diagnostics coupled with specialized care for women in one convenient location. The Center is located at 1870 Silver Cross Blvd. Set in a soothing, spa-like environment, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health offers a variety of healthcare services designed around a woman’s needs and lifestyle. The Center’s crown jewel is full field digital mammography—the latest breast cancer testing available. In addition to digital mammography, the innovative center offers women diagnostic breast ultrasound and breast biopsies, bone densitometry, and baseline heart screenings. Take a video tour of the center. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 740-7076. A physician’s order is required. If you don’t have a physician, call the free Silver Cross Physician Referral Service at 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years and a one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With nearly 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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