Scottsdale Healthcare News

Cancer Prevention Study Seeks Participants This is your ‘once-in-a-generation’ chance to contribute Scottsdale Healthcare is partnering with the American Cancer Society to enroll local participants for the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), a nationwide effort to help researchers better understand the behavioral, environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Americans to participate in lifesaving cancer research and we are very excited to be working with the American Cancer Society on this,” said Lindsay Thomas, director of Oncology Services for Scottsdale Healthcare. “We hope it will help us to better understand what factors cause cancer and equip us with the knowledge to prevent it for future generations.” The American Cancer Society is looking for a diverse group of 300,000 adults nationwide who want to make a direct impact in the fight against cancer by participating in the study. Enrollment is planned in August at four Scottsdale Healthcare locations: the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center. There are eligibility considerations for those who wish to enroll in the study. Men and women who are willing to commit to it must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer. To enroll, individuals provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample and complete a comprehensive survey online or at the enrollment site. Once enrolled, a participant’s commitment to the study will involve completing periodic follow-up surveys. Enrollment is free and will take place at Scottsdale Healthcare on the following dates: Aug. 20 – Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, 7400 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Aug. 21 – Virginia G Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, 10460 N. 92nd St., 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Aug. 22 – Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, 7300 E. 45th St., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 23 – Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, 9003 E. Shea Blvd., 7 a.m.-11 a.m. “If you or a loved one has been touched by cancer, this is a great way to help ‘pay it forward’ in the effort to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for future generations,” said Thomas. To learn more about this important cancer prevention study and to schedule your enrollment appointment, visit cps3shc.org or call 1-888-604-5888.

Don’t Fizzle in the Sizzle Tips to help prevent heat-related illness With sizzling temperatures here to stay for the summer, Scottsdale Healthcare experts encourage individuals to take steps to prevent potentially life-threatening, heat-related illnesses. Heat illness, which can result when your body gets too hot, most often happens when exposed to hot and humid weather without drinking enough fluids, according to Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center Emergency Services Medical Director Kris Samaddar, M.D. “Higher summer temperatures make it difficult for the body to cool itself, especially during exercise,” he said. “The body’s core temperature can then start to rise and cause dysfunction of body systems.” Children are particularly sensitive to heat, especially infants and young adults, as their bodies are not as able to cool as well as adults. According to John Pope, M.D., Scottsdale Healthcare physician director of pediatric services, children and teens produce more heat during exercise and don’t sweat as much. “Children also may not understand they need to drink plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise, or have the ability to communicate that they are thirsty or don’t feel well,” he said. Heat illness usually leads first to fast breathing or heartbeat, warm red skin, headache, vomiting or diarrhea, muscle cramps or weakness. When the body’s temperature rises further, more serious symptoms can occur, such as passing out, trouble walking, seizures or confusion. “Individuals with these symptoms should seek medical attention,” advised Dr. Samaddar. He urges individuals to prevent heat illness by reducing activity and taking breaks, exercising during the cooler parts of the day, drinking plenty of fluids such as water or sports drinks, wearing lose, light-weight clothing and avoiding being in a hot car. “If you start getting heat-illness symptoms, treatment involves cooling your body down right away,” said Dr. Samaddar. He suggested moving to the shade or air-conditioning, taking a cool shower or bath, drinking water, taking off extra clothing, using a cool pack or cool cloth on your neck or armpits, and spraying yourself with cool water and sitting in front of a fan. “While the human body can compensate for higher ambient air temperatures, individuals need to be aware of symptoms of heat-related illness,” said Dr. Samaddar. “If core body temperatures rise above normal and are not lowered, individuals can eventually experience organ failure and even death.”