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Ask an Expert: Alcohol and breast cancer risk

Q: I enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner each night and thought it was good for my health.  Now I hear having a glass of wine each day can increase your risk of developing breast cancer.  Is that true?

Answer from the expert staff of the Ruth J. Spear Breast Center at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center:

Ask an Expert: Balancing cardio workouts with active recovery

Q: Would it be a bad thing to do daily cardio workouts without any days off? I've been doing about 20 to 50 minutes of cardio a day for the past three months in hope of getting results quickly. I don't want to delay getting my new body, but I also don't want to cause any problems.

Ask an Expert: Beginning an exercise program

Q: "Year after year, I make a New Year's resolution to start exercising. And I never keep it up past about March. What can I do differently this year to finally succeed?"

Ask an Expert: Benign breast lumps and breast cancer risk

Q. I recently had a benign breast lump removed. It turned out to be a “fibroadenoma,” and my doctor said it was totally benign. Still, I’m worried – does this mean I’m at an increased risk of breast cancer?

Answer from the expert staff of breast cancer research at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center at Providence Portland Medical Center:

Ask an Expert: Bouncing back after time off from exercise

Q: How long does it take to get out of shape? I couldn’t exercise for a while in December, and am wondering how much my fitness level may have declined. When I get back to the gym, how long would it take to get back in shape?

Ask an Expert: Breast cancer growth rate

Q: How long does it take for breast cancer to grow? My doctor just examined my breasts a month ago (no lumps), and today I found a lump. Is it possible that breast cancer could have developed so quickly?

Answer from the expert staff of breast cancer research at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center at Providence Portland Medical Center:

Ask an Expert: Breast self-examinations

Q. I’m a young woman who tries to do breast self exams (BSE's) every month. But I often put them off because they make me so nervous. I just heard that not all health care organizations recommend monthly BSE's. What do you say?

Answer from the expert staff of breast cancer research at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center at Providence Portland Medical Center:

Ask an Expert: Can vitamin D prevent breast cancer?

Q: “A friend forwarded an article to me suggesting that vitamin D can reduce the risk of getting breast cancer. Is this true?”

Answer from Alison Conlin, M.D., medical oncologist, Providence Cancer Center:

Ask an Expert: Exercise to increase metabolism

Q: How much time do I need to devote to exercise each week to make a positive impact on my metabolism?

Ask an Expert: Exercising at the right intensity

Q: What intensity should I aim for in my cardio workouts?

Ask an Expert: How much strength training should I do?

Q: “I am a 47-year-old woman, I weigh 155 pounds, and I am very physically active. Currently, I do more cardio than strength training. How many times a week should I be doing strength training?”

Ask an Expert: Losing the love handles

Q: “I’ve been working out for three years, focusing mainly on weight lifting, and I’m starting to get bulkier and to gain muscles. However, I still have some visible body fat. My ultimate goal is to become very lean and ripped. What is the best and fastest way to lose the fat – especially the love handles?”

Ask An Expert: Taking Estrogen for menopausal symptoms

Q: Ever since a hysterectomy, I've taken estrogen to help with menopausal symptoms and to prevent heart disease – my mother died of a heart attack. But I heard about a study that said estrogen doesn't really protect against cardiovascular problems. What's going on?

Ask an Expert: The benefits of aerobic exercise

Q: "My husband does a lot of strength training, but refuses to include any aerobic exercise in his routine. I'm worried that he's losing out on some important health benefits, but he doesn't buy it. Can you convince him?"

Ask an Expert: Weight gain after workouts

Q: "I’ve been working out for about three weeks now, and I have actually gained weight. Is this normal? What should I do if it isn’t? I eat right, and my workouts consist of 30 minutes of cardio followed by 30 to 40 minutes of weight lifting, five days a week.”

Ask an Expert: Which is better in a workout: Intensity or duration?

Q: "I just purchased an elliptical trainer, and after three weeks of 30-minute routines every other day, I’m finding that staying in my ‘target heart rate’ zone is too easy. A higher level feels right – rigorous, but not too hard. The trouble is, at this rate, I am working at my ‘maximum heart rate’ – about 150 to 176. Would I be better off staying with my current high intensity level, or backing off on the intensity and doing a longer workout?"

Ask an Expert: Women's heart attack symptoms and what to do

Q: I’ve heard that women may experience strange heart attack symptoms, like pain in the jaw, instead of chest pain. Is this true? 

Domestic Violence Resources

No one is immune to domestic violence or an abusive relationship. It can happen to anyone. It happens to men and women of all ages, from all cultures, across all socio-economic groups.

Stress increases the likelihood that a potential abuser will turn violent. Knowing the warning signs and resources available could save someone's life. Pretending that warning signs don't exist will only make a situation more dangerous. If you or someone you know may be in a dangerous relationship, please seek help immediately.

Tips to Keep Your Bladder Healthy

Simple behavior modifications may improve the symptoms of overactive bladder.

Urinary Incontinence: Questions & Answers

The medical term for involuntary loss of urine or stool is “incontinence,” and there are several types. Stress incontinence and urge incontinence are among the most common.

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New Guidelines for Mammography Screening

Breast health experts at Providence Health & Services recognize the importance and complexity of counseling women on breast health and screening recommendations. In November 2009, the US Preventive Services Task Force issued updated guidelines for breast cancer screening. These new recommendations have been met with uneven acceptance from various foundations, professional organizations and breast health providers.

We have reviewed these new recommendations carefully and have engaged a number of concerned providers, physicians and women’s health advocates in order to gain consensus around this important issue. In general, Providence endorses the thorough, professional and evidence-based effort put forth by the USPSTF and recognizes these are difficult issues to analyze.

New Patient Forms: PMG-Hood River Women's Clinic

To prepare for your visit with Dr. Elaine Adsit, Michele Bouche CNM, or Dr. Robin Henson please bring this completed form with you for your initial appointment. In addition we will also need your photo ID and current medical insurance card.

Preparing for your delivery: Resources for new mothers and families

Ready to have your baby? Here's everything you'll need to prepare for delivery at a Providence hospital or medical center.

Request a Mammogram Appointment

Most health insurance plans cover mammography expenses. Financial counseling is available for those without insurance.

Risk Factors for osteoporosis and fractures

Fill out this quick risk assessment, based on National Osteoporosis Foundation recommendations for bone density testing, to learn about your risk for osteoporosis.

Proprietary Health Article

A Discussion About Incontinence

The medical term for involuntary loss of urine is "urinary incontinence," and there are several types; stress incontinence and urge incontinence are among the most common.

Managing menopause with: Dietary changes

Modifying your diet can significantly improve your menopausal symptoms and decrease your risk of serious disease.

Managing menopause with: Exercise

Women who exercise regularly have fewer menopause symptoms. “Maybe it’s because they get all their sweating done in one fell swoop!” Dr. Ferrier jokes. “We really don’t know why, we just know it works.”

Menopause and sleep…or not

By the time women hit their 50s, sleep is something that many of us no longer take for granted. 

Recommended Resource

Clackamas Women’s Services Crisis Line

Our mission is to foster self-empowerment of women and children so they can establish lives free of domestic and sexual violence.

Call: 503-654-2288

Domestic Violence Relationship Questions

 Do you wonder if your relationship may be abusive? Ask yourself the questions below. If you answer 'yes' to more than a few, you may want to take a closer look.

Domestic Violence Safety Plan

The following steps can help me protect myself in case of further abuse.

Domestic Violence Safety Planning

If you are in an abusive relationship, you may need to leave quickly. Having a safety kit packed and ready to go is important.

How to Talk with Someone Who Is Being Abused

If you know someone who is being abused by their intimate partner, you can do many things to make a real difference. Most battered women who are offered help deeply appreciate it, even if they don't say so.

National Library of Medicine: Toxoplasmosis

The National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus site providing information about toxoplasmosis, causes and treatment.

National Stroke Association: Women and Stroke

Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year –

However, women in a recent survey believed breast cancer is five times more prevalent than stroke and 40 percent of women said they were only somewhat or not at all concerned about experiencing a stroke in their life.

The Women’s Health Initiative

The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) is a long-term national health study that focuses on strategies for preventing heart disease, breast and colorectal cancer and fracture in postmenopausal women.