Dr. Hura offers health tips at annual luncheon
July 28, 2010
On Friday, July 23, the Madison County Hospital Auxiliary and MCH Foundation hosted their annual Women’s Health Luncheon at the Madison County Senior Center. This year featured Dr. Don Hura, MCH’s newest general surgeon, who presented “Getting Older, Staying Young.”
Dr. Mitchell Spahn, OBGYN of London, began the program by giving an update on the Battelle Breast Care Center. Earlier this year the MCH Foundation received a $100,000 grant from the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
“Ohio is fourth in the nation in breast cancer mortality rates,” said Dr. Spahn. “With this Komen grant, Madison County Hospital is continuing to fight the battle.”
Funds from the Komen grant are being used to provide Breast Care Clinics at the hospital’s Battelle Breast Care Center offering mammograms and breast exams at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. The grant is also funding a local campaign called “Cure Your Fears” featuring Madison County breast cancer survivors who are urging women to not be afraid to get screened.
Dr. Spahn emphasized the importance of getting annual mammograms. “Early detection is truly the cure,” he said.
Next, Dr. Spahn introduced Dr. Hura to the group. The two physicians have a long history as colleagues. They met while they were residents at Mt. Carmel Medical Center.
Dr. Hura’s presentation “Getting Older, Staying Young,” focused on the signs and symptoms that people need to pay attention to as they age.
“We all know not to smoke, to eat healthy, exercise, and lose weight. My family doctor tells me that all the time,” said Dr. Hura. “I’m going to take a surgeon’s perspective on issues you need to look out for as you get older.”
First, Dr. Hura discussed colon health. There were 150,000 new cases of colon cancer in 2011. Dr. Hura explained that starting at age of 50, you should get a colonoscopy every 10 years. A colonoscopy is a procedure performed while the patient is under sedation and allows a physician to view the colon. A colonoscopy can not only diagnose colon cancer, but can also diagnose diverticulosis, a common colon disorder that can cause discomfort or pain in the stomach.
“Basically, if you get your colonoscopy, we can prevent problems,” said Dr. Hura.
Next, Dr. Hura talked about gallbladder health. According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 20 million American have gallstones.
Gallstones can cause serve pain in your upper right abdomen, pain in the center of you abdomen below the breastbone, back pain between your shoulder blades, or pain in your right shoulder. After being diagnosed, there are a few treatment options including gallbladder removal. Like the appendix or tonsils, your gallbladder can be removed without affecting your body’s processes. Gallbladder surgical procedures are very safe and effective.
“Gall bladder disease is the easiest thing to take care of, and we can make you feel much better,” said Dr. Hura.
To conclude his talk, Dr. Hura discussed some of the new cosmetic procedures he is offering a Surgery of London including Botox, Juvederm, and Latisse.
“There’s nothing wrong with feeling better about the way you look,” he said. “Each of these treatments offers a different opportunity to erase some of the signs of aging and all have minimal risks and side effects.”
Botox is injected into facial muscles and improves the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows. It works by blocking nerve impulses and thereby reducing the muscle activity that causes lines to form.
Juvederm is a similar product to Botox, but focuses on the wrinkles around the mouth and nose. Juvederm is a smooth gel-filler that is injected under the skin to replace the hyaluronic acid your skin has lost, bringing back volume and smoothing away facial wrinkles and folds.
Latisse is a prescription treatment used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker, and darker. It affects the growth of eyelashes in two ways making them longer and increasing them in number.
At the end of the presentation, all the women in attendance were given the opportunity to ask Dr. Hura and Dr. Spahn questions about the information presented.
“The Annual Women’s Health Luncheon is a wonderful opportunity for women to connect with the physicians of Madison County,” said Mona Flax, Executive Director of the MCH Foundation. “They get a chance to speak to our experts one-on-one in a casual setting.”