Question: Should I be worried about my teen’s texting and social networking habit?
Answer: Cell phones and the Internet allow teens to stay connected with family and friends and to increase knowledge quickly and easily. But, social networking Web sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, can bring outside dangers into your home, while text messaging may cause physical pain.
Almost half of American teens have been affected by electronic aggression. Also called cyberbullying, it involves the use of electronic outlets to embarrass, harass or threaten others. For example, someone may post rumors about peers on an online discussion board. These tips can help prevent it:
Text messaging may cause pain in the neck, arms and hands. According to a recent study, young adults with pain use different texting techniques compared with those who are symptom-free. These guidelines can help prevent injury:
Question: What breast changes should cause concern?
Answer: While the symptoms listed below don’t automatically mean you have breast cancer, see your doctor right away when you notice them. Your doctor can confirm if you might have cancer by using tests, such as mammography, breast ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or biopsy. With a biopsy, a sample of tissue is removed for examination.
Breast cancer usually does not cause pain or symptoms when it’s first developing. But, certain signs may indicate it, including:
Red, swollen or painful breasts also can signal inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). This rare form of breast cancer accounts for only 1 to 6 percent of all breast cancer cases. Other signs may include:
Use the month of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as a reminder to keep up with preventive screenings to take care of your breast health. That means regular breast exams by your doctor and a mammogram every one to two years starting at age 40. And, remember to perform monthly breast self-exams.
The hospital is making a significant investment in breast health services for our patients by building the all-new Botsford Breast Center. Conveniently located on Grand River Avenue, the breast center will concentrate outpatient breast health services in one place and use state-of-the-art diagnostic technology. Look for more information as the breast center nears its opening before year’s end.