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Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer

April 01, 2014

Ovarian cancer has long been dubbed the “silent killer” based on a belief that it does not produce symptoms until it is far advanced. However that concept is changing, as new research reveals subtle symptoms which occur more commonly in early ovarian cancer than in the general population.

The symptoms to watch for are bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and a frequent or urgent need to urinate. These are, of course, very common symptoms for many medical conditions. However if they are new and persistent, they are more concerning.  Dr. Debra Ravasia discusses new guidelines on early detection of ovarian cancer and the importance of thinking of, and ruling out, ovarian cancer, when such symptoms are present.

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North Side Women’s Clinic Targets Causes of Patient Ailments

September 03, 2010

The chronic disease of obesity underlies most women's health problems.  Dr. Debra Ravasia says that treating obesity needs to be part of the overall treatment plan for most women's health care problems, in order to truly help women get better. 

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Report shows pelvic health problems rampant among women

September 27, 2007

Experts here say women now are more willing to discuss disorders

At least one-third of U.S. women will suffer pelvic health problems by age 60, sometimes including heavy menstrual bleeding or incontinence, but many of them don't seek medical help, a national study and health-care providers here say.

The onset of such conditions is highest among baby boomers, says the recent report, issued by the National Women's Health Resource Center.

Health-care providers here say that many women suffer the conditions in silence because they're too embarrassed to tell their doctors about the symptoms, or they don't think treatments are available. That's changing, though, they say, because physicians are paying more attention to such problems, advancements are being made in diagnosis and treatment, and aging baby boomers are refusing to let such conditions hinder their active lifestyles.

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Summer Skin Care Tips

July 20, 2007

Skin behaves differently from season to season, and as a practice, skin care routine need some adjustment as well. Summer time brings some unique challenges for skin care. Dr. Debra Ravasia discusses some tips to keep your skin healthy and well during the hot summer season:

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ESSURE: Permanent Birth Control for Women

July 01, 2007

Finally, for women there is an option for permanent birth control that does not involve general anesthetic or incisions, and can be done in the office. With the ESSURE procedure, your tubes are blocked without losing time off work or disrupting home life.

Women who have completed their family are candidates for the procedure. The recovery time is quick, and the procedure is generally done in the office, but can be done in the hospital outpatient setting as well. The gynecologist places a small micro-insert directly into the fallopian tubes, through a tiny camera placed through the cervix into the uterine cavity. The procedure requires only minimal sedation or local anesthetic.

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Diabetes and Women

January 01, 2007

Not having your period may be a convenience for some women, and indeed many currently available hormone and birth control regimens aim to reduce the number of menstrual cycles to four or less per year.

However, if you’re not on a hormone regimen, and are having less than five menses per year on your own, this could be the sign of a serious underlying problem. If you go longer than three months without having a spontaneous period, you should see your physician to find out why, as Dr. Debra Ravasia discusses below.

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Health Care Issues for Breast Cancer Survivors

October 01, 2006

More than two million women in the United States live with a history of breast cancer. Early detection programs have led to improved prognosis, and screening programs increase the number of women in whom breast cancer is diagnosed. Even though the lifetime risk of breast cancer is 12.6%, the risk of death from breast cancer is only 3.6%. Most women in whom breast cancer is diagnosed do not die of their disease. Eighty percent of women in whom breast cancer is diagnosed can expect to live at least 5 years. Every year in the United States 180,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and another 25,000 women receive a diagnosis of in-situ-carcinoma of the breast (severe pre-cancer). Breast cancer survivors face unique health issues, says Dr. Debra Ravasia. It is important to have follow-ups to detect recurrences early. The long-lasting side effects of treatment such as, premature menopause, cognitive effects and lymphedema can occur. Many women have questions regarding childbearing, use of hormone replacement therapy, other medications for menopausal symptoms and psychological and social aspects of survival.

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Gynecologist Takes Proactive Approach to Health Care

September 28, 2006

Urogynecology, permanent birth control procedure among doctor’s services:

Dr. Debra Ravasia, a new Spokane gynecologist with a special interest in what’s called urogynecology, has been established herself quickly here by offering health seminars and helping to introduce a permanent birth control procedure in the market.

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Hormone Hotline

September 01, 2006

Helpful? Haphazard? Be in the know

“If you took them away, I would kill you.”

That’s what Christine Hoffman said when we asked her about hormones.

Hoffman is 58, works as Community Relations Director at Riverview Retirement Community, and says Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has granted her sanity through hellish hot flashes and unbearable insomnia.

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Gardasil Vaccine

August 01, 2006

When considering vaccines many of us think about protecting ourselves and our children from illnesses that are now almost obsolete. Vaccines have wiped out illnesses such as smallpox, measles, mumps and rubella. We begin administering vaccines to everyone as children and now these illnesses are no longer an issue. What if we could say the same about a form of cancer? What if you had the ability to protect your daughter from being a victim of cancer?

What is a vaccine exactly? The Biotech Institute defines it as: a preparation that contains an antigen, consisting of whole disease causing organisms (killed or weakened) or parts of such organisms. That is used, to confer immunity against the disease that the organisms cause.

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