An Introduction to the Guide to Women’s Health

Kathleen Kobashi-Porter, MD WSUS Women’s Health Chair With the fast pace of life, it can be difficult for many of us to find the time to take proper care of ourselves. Although there is a plethora of health-related information available on the Web and in the media, it is often challenging to identify helpful and […]

NUTRITION

Astrid Pujari, MD Pujari Center (Seattle, WA) We’ve all heard the expression, “You are what you eat” and there is more and more research suggesting that you can improve your health by eating wisely. But sometimes, we don’t know exactly what a healthy nutrition is – especially with all the different information out there. Here […]

LUNG CANCER PATIENT INFORMATION FOR WOMEN

Richard Koehler, MD Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seattle, WA) Cancer is a disease process where the normally regulated process of cells growing, dividing and dying becomes uncontrolled. Cancer results from these alterations, and can result in the rapid growth of cells which can develop into mass, sometimes called a tumor. The cancer cells can invade surrounding structures […]

INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS AND PAINFUL BLADDER SYNDROME (IC/PBS)

Claire C. Yang, MD University of Washington (Seattle, WA) Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS), is a clinical syndrome of urinary urgency, urinary frequency, and pelvic pain that usually worsens with bladder filling. The pain can also radiate to the lower back, urethra, vagina, rectum and the suprapubic area. The diagnosis […]

Female Sexual Problems

K. B. Stefanovic, M.D., Ph.D Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seattle, WA)   Introduction Sexual problems are more common in women than men. According to the National Health and Social Life survey, 42% of women vs. 31% of men experience some kind of sexual difficulties during their adult lives. In both genders, sexual problems can occur […]

CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE

John Holmes, MD Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seattle, WA) Coronary artery disease has been widely considered a “man’s disease” and not a major concern for women. Yet cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in adult women in the United States. It is also a leading cause of disability among women. Women’s age-adjusted mortality […]

COLORECTAL CANCER PREVENTION AND SCREENING

Richard P. Billingham, MD Swedish Medical Center (Seattle, WA) Women are usually quite well informed about methods of early detection and prevention for cancer such as breast and cervical cancer. However, the risks of development of colorectal cancer, and the methods of prevention of this deadly disease, are less well known. Colorectal cancer is the […]

Breast Cancer

Deborah Wechter, MD Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seattle, WA) Breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in women and will affect one in nine women in their lifetime. The cause of the majority of breast cancers is unknown though risk factors which may be associated with the development of breast cancer include early age […]

URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS IN WOMEN

Tanya M. Nazemi, MD Eastside Urology Associates (Kirkland, WA) Infections of the urinary tract are a common occurrence, accounting for an estimated 7.3 million physician office visits annually.[i]  In addition, approximately 30% of women will have at least one symptomatic urinary tract infection (UTI) by the age of 24, and almost half of all women […]

MEDICAL MANAGEMENT OF URGE INCONTINENCE

Karny Jacoby, MD Northwest Hospital (Seattle, WA) What is urge incontinence? Urge Incontinence as defined by the International Continence Society is “the complaint of involuntary leakage (of urine) accompanied by or immediately proceeded by urgency”. Other terms used to describe this condition are Overactive Bladder and LUTS or Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms. Some patients experience […]