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Raising Awareness of Cervical Cancer

PacMed is honoring September as National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life.

What is the cervix? The cervix is the lower end of the uterus. This is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant. When cancer starts in the cervix, it is called cervical cancer.

Fortunately, this cancer is highly preventable. Read on for two important prevention steps. And of course, if you have questions, make an appointment with your primary care doctor to learn more.

PacMed offers several options for primary care providers. Learn about our Primary Care team.

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Two Steps to Help Prevent Cervical Cancer

Human papillomavirus, better known as HPV, is the main cause of cervical cancer. It is also the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancer.

When detected early, cervical cancer is highly curable. But the cancer in its early stages may have no signs or symptoms. This is why regular screening is so important.

Get Vaccinated! The HPV Vaccine

HPV vaccination is recommended for:

  • Preteen girls and boys ages 11 and 12.
  • Women ages 13 through 26 who haven’t been vaccinated yet or have not completed the vaccine series.

Get Screened! The Pap Test

Regular screening, also called a Pap test, is recommended for:

  • All women aged 21 to 65 (including women who got the HPV vaccination)

For preteens, PacMed has a professional and approachable team of Pediatrics providers. Our Gynecology team is available to women.

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Four Health Issues That Embarrass Many Women

Some health topics can seem too embarrassing to talk about—even in the privacy of a doctor’s office. It’s understandable. Sharing personal information with a person you hardly know is bound to be unsettling.

Understand, however, that medical providers want to help you be healthy and happy. These are common issues, so you’re likely not the first person to raise them with your provider!

Urinary incontinence

Millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine. This is called urinary incontinence (UI). The severity of UI can vary anywhere from slightly bothersome to totally debilitating. Rather than avoid activities you love, speak with your medical provider! UI is a health problem that often can be helped through medication and muscle-strengthening exercises.

Urinary tract infections or UTIs

When bacteria get into your bladder or kidneys, it can cause a urinary tract infection. You may experience a burning sensation when urinating, frequent urges to urinate, pressure or pain, and discolored or odd-smelling urine. Your provider can treat you with antibiotics—and give you behavioral and dietary tips to help you avoid UTIs in the future.

Frequent urination

When frequent urination becomes a distraction in your life or prevents you from activities with family and friends, you should see your doctor. Many factors can contribute to this issue, such as too much caffeine, constipation, an unhealthy weight and smoking. But it’s wise to first begin with a visit to your health clinic; frequent urination can also be caused by a nerve signal or overactive bladder.


A multitude of contraception methods is available today. Oral contraceptives, condoms, implants… All protect against pregnancy, but how do you know which one works best for you and your partner? By talking with your doctor, you can choose the method that’s right for you.

Talking about these things can be uncomfortable and difficult, but addressing them is important. Find a doctor you are comfortable with. PacMed invites you to explore our team of Family Medicine/Obstetrics and Gynecology providers.

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Broccoli Apple Salad

Broccoli is a popular vegetable for its versatility in main or side dishes and because it provides great health benefits for detoxifying the body. Try this version of broccoli salad with a healthy twist –a yogurt dressing!

Serves 4. Prep time 10 minutes.


1-2 large crowns of broccoli
2 apples (any variety of your choice)

For dressing

1 tablespoon non-fat plain yogurt
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings:

Raisins, sunflower seeds, walnuts or cheese


1. Separate the broccoli into its florets and then thinly slice. Place in a bowl.

2. Halve and core the apples. Slice apple into thin pieces and then mix with broccoli.

3. To prepare dressing, mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your preference.

4. Pour dressing over the broccoli and apple mixture, and toss well to coat vegetables.

Tip: If you put salad in the fridge for 10 minutes before serving, it will stay crisp slightly longer.

Recipe adapted from Leanne Brown by Christy Goff, MS, RDN, CD

Nutrition Information per Serving (1/4 recipe)

Calories: 75, Total Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 1mg, Sodium: 14mg, Total Carbohydrate: 16g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 2g

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Back to School and Bullying

With back-to-school season just around the corner, children are watching the final days of summer vacation slip away as the first day of school looms ahead. This naturally calls for a mix of excitement, nervousness and - in most cases - anxiety. Students of all ages often struggle with anxiety when preparing for the school year ahead as fears of the unknown flood their mind.

Who will be their teacher? Will they have friends in their classes? Will they get picked on?

As a parent, friend or loved one, there are proactive steps you can take to combat back-to-school anxiety and give children the confidence they need to excel in school. Rene Czerwinski, Licensed Mental Health Counselor from Pacific Medical Centers, provides insight on how to identify signs of anxiety in children and tools to equip them for success throughout the school year.

Read the complete article here.

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Flu Shot Clinics at PacMed, 2017

Should I get the flu shot? Get your questions answered here. Get your flu shots today at PacMed!

Beacon Hill

  • Thursday, September 14, 8 a.m.–noon
  • Saturday, September 16, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 21, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

Canyon Park

  • Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Federal Way

  • Saturday, September 16, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 28, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

First Hill

  • Monday, September 11, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Friday, September 22, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.


  • Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.


  • Wednesday, October 4, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 18, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.


  • Saturday, September 9, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 20, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • Friday, October 6, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.


  • Thursday, September 14, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • Monday, September 25, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.


  • Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 23, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Totem Lake

  • Thursday, October 12, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 26, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

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