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Cervical cancer starts due to human papilloma virus or (HPV) that causes abnormal cell growth in the cervix area which becomes cancerous. In certain cases, women may have unusual cell growth in cervical wall but is unlikely to be suffering from this form of cancer. Detection of cervical cancer can be done at an early stage if women undergo pap-smear tests on a regular basis at family clinic which can help start early treatment. The pap-smear test also helps a doctor diagnose the stage of cervical cancer in the body and then proceed with the treatment plan to meet unique requirement of each patient. Like other cancers, this form of cancer is treatable if diagnosed in the early stages. Given below are the most critical signs that every woman should look out for cervical cancer besides taking pap tests every three years.

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You may have paid a visit to your family clinic and had your family doctor tell you about the latest improvements in healthcare and quality measurement of healthcare. You might have found yourself asking your family doctor ‘what is quality measurement in healthcare, and why is it important?’ You might have also wondered what the various kinds of quality measures are, how they are developed and how each method is used. The article below attempts to answer these questions.

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A few fertility issues are easily treated than others. The older the woman gets, post the age of 35, their chance to get pregnant drops. Her chance for miscarriage also goes up. Women aged 35 and above will be recommended by their doctor to overlook few of the steps younger couples take. Women need to understand that even upon getting pregnant, there is no treatment guaranteeing healthy babies. Advancements in the field, however, are helping many couples to have children.

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There are a number of measures that are used to identify a number of conditions and to gauge a person's health. It can be both mental and physical health. At one point of time, a simple blood pressure, weight, and IQ were enough, but as medicine and the understanding of the body progressed, more and more scales were developed. BMI (Body mass index) was one such scale and is still in popular use today. It is combination of a person's height and weight. The simple formula to calculate BMI is weight in pounds divided by the square of height in inches, this value, multiplied by 703 will give you a number and that is your BMI score.

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For many, November and December is a time to think about others and prepare for out-of-town visitors. However insurance companies and medical offices throughout the nation see this time of year as the crunch time for preventative medical care and tests, as well as an opportune time to use remaining dollars from flexible or health spending accounts, also known as FSA or HSA.

As a discount primary care provider in Tempe, Phoenix and Surprise, Phoenix Family Medical Clinic wants you to know about which medical tests you should consider for last minute preventative health care. We provide some in-house testing and blood draws to conveniently save you time, so you can use up your FSA or HAS funds in a timely manner.

Here are some affordable medical tests for the uninsured in Phoenix to take advantage of before the year ends:

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CFS or Chronic fatigue syndrome is a physical condition that makes you feel completely exhausted. The tiredness is to such an extent that you won’t be able to complete your daily and normal activities. There is no known cause of chronic fatigue syndrome and it is quite tough to diagnose. However, treatment can be done to cure its major symptoms.

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Though Breast Cancer Awareness Month has come to an end, there is always time to take the steps to build a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. Phoenix Family Medical is a no-insurance clinic throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area with a heavy focus on women’s health, and our women’s integrative doctors want to challenge you to be aware about breast and gynecology health screenings far beyond October.

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Menopause is a process that every woman will eventually go through. It is the time when women's ovaries will stop functioning as a reproductive organ. It is the time when the monthly menstrual cycles come to a grinding halt and the ovaries stop producing eggs and the female hormones that are normally flooding out of the ovaries slow down dramatically. It is a phase after which a woman can not get pregnant anymore, at least naturally.

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Aches and pains may be a part of life but no one wants to be saddled with long term pain which could be related to bone joints, muscle or tissue damage and several other health issues. Sports persons are constantly plagued by spasms of pain related to ligaments, tendons, joints and other sections. Different parts of the body require specific types of joint treatment and family doctor will carry out a thorough check before advising a treatment technique.

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A patient suffering from arthritis knows that it is a lifelong illness and only solace one can have from it is effective pain management. The inflammation of joints that leads to arthritis can be due to several causes like injuries, heredity, infections or even metabolic abnormalities. Classified as a rheumatic disease, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis in the world that are also influenced by local diet and genetics. Though a large number of arthritis problems occur due to joint inflammation not all are caused by it and you need to get it clearly diagnosed by a family doctor before trying out any treatments for it.

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Youngsters have an active life so hemorrhoids or piles can be just a passing phenomenon but during midlife, it can become an ongoing complaint. More than half of world’s population would have experienced some symptoms of hemorrhoids by the time they reach age of 50 years. Depending on the severity of your condition, a family doctor will advise medication to manage symptoms, but patients can also make changes in their diet to manage this problem in an inexpensive manner.

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Chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS is a state of illness that makes an individual feel too tired to carry out normal daily activities. This illness, also referred to in medical parlance as myalgic encephalomyelitis, does not have any tests to prove its existence and is regarded as a symptom of other serious illnesses. If you have continuous bouts of tiredness and fatigue, it is obvious that the problem is not imaginary and is your body’s reaction to several factors. Under these circumstances it is best to visit a family doctor you can trust with your health issues who will consider your symptoms serious enough to advice medical attention. While age and stress also play a major role in CFS, sometimes genetics and environmental factors also play a major role.

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Phoenix Family Medical is proud to announce a new walk-in clinic at the intersection of 35th Ave. and Baseline Rd. in Laveen, AZ. It officially opened on September 14, 2015, and you can now book appointments by phone or online!

Because our patient base has grown, we want to help fulfill the healthcare needs of those in South Phoenix, Laveen and surrounding areas.

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Hypertension and cholesterol which were considered the bane of old age are now becoming a major health hazard for middle aged and young people. While most other kinds of life threatening diseases can be cured with medications or inoculations, hypertension or blood pressure has to be continuously monitored to keep it under control. Few people realize the long term dangers of cholesterol and high blood pressure, which can lead to illnesses like renal failure, stroke, aneurysm and worst of all, a fatal heart attack.

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Though most adults would find it difficult to comprehend that a small child can also undergo depression, it does exist like other strong emotions of anger, despair and hatred similar to that of an adult. But children in general have a sunny disposition and tend to forget sad and depressing memories and move on quickly. So if a child is sad or brooding then try to find out the reason for their sadness and do everything within your means to solve the problem. If depression can be solved in adults, then it can be handled in children much more easily by consulting a family doctor with whom the child is comfortable enough to discuss reasons behind the depression. Depression symptoms in children are hard to detect as these are shrugged off as temper tantrums and emotional changes of this age.

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A large number of people plagued by digestive health problems around the world are hardly aware of the fact that these problems could be early symptoms of hidden illnesses elsewhere in the body. Issues like diarrhea, stomach ulcers, bloating, constipation, acidity and heartburn can play havoc with the normal activity of any individual and should be treated as early as possible to avoid future complications. Though most of these symptoms can be treated immediately with over the counter medicines, long-term relief can be achieved by integrated healthcare, which will get rid of the disease instead of silencing the symptoms.

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Food allergic reactions are common and are usually triggered by proteins that are ingested by individuals who are intolerant to those proteins. Food allergies occur when body’s immune system regards certain protein as dangerous (foreign) substance and responds in a similar way as it would towards a disease-causing germ or bacteria. According to a recent study done on food allergies, it was found that people tend to develop food allergies to food items that are common in that area. To cope with food allergies, people usually tend to avoid food items that they are allergic to and scrutinize ingredients of all food times they consume when they eat outside their homes.

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With Arizona students heading back to school this month, it’s time to focus on cold and flu prevention measures for academic facilities. Elementary schools, especially, carry the most risk for illnesses as younger children are still building up their immune system defense. Strep throat, flu and colds run rampant in schools as germs transfer from student to student via shared surfaces.

It’s for this very reason that infection control is so important in schools.

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Every healthy person should measure their cholesterol level every couple of years to ensure that every part of the body is in good health. Both men and women aged beyond 35 years should be frequently screened for lipid problems. Lipid test can check for existence of both good and bad cholesterol that are stored in different cells of the body. People with high cholesterol face risk of heart disease that can be cured with low fat diet and exercise. Though there are no common symptoms of cholesterol as it is the cause of heart disease it can lead to serious complications that can affect rest of the body.

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Headaches like migraines are painful. They usually start with a pounding pain in the head followed by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. People try to manage early signs of migraine by using topical medicines like balms or creams and light painkillers. Migraine can be triggered due to tension, sinus or lack of caffeine in the body if the person is used to drinking tea or coffee at specific times of the day.

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