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What Every Woman Should Know About Skin Cancer Risk Feb 12th, 2021

There are several different types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, and melanoma. Skin cancers can affect both men and women, but there are some risks and statistics that women should be aware of to catch skin cancers early and prevent growth and spread. If you’re...

Signs of a Troubled Thyroid Jan 20th, 2021

If you can’t locate your thyroid, you’re not alone as most people don’t know much about this important gland. Located in your neck, this small gland is actually vital to your body’s normal functioning.  That’s why any sudden changes in your weight, energy levels, and resting heart rate could be...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

5 Ways to Lower Your Risk for Breast Cancer Dec 11th, 2020

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States, affecting nearly one in eight women. As of January 2020, that’s nearly 3.5 million women living with breast cancer in the US.  As Director of the Breast Center of Thomas Health Care Systems, Dr. David W. Ranson...

Varicose Veins: Aesthetic or Health Concern? Nov 16th, 2020

If you’ve ever noticed purple or blue bulging veins across your legs or elsewhere in the body, you probably have varicose veins. While they can be unsightly and embarrassing, they can be more than just a cosmetic concern.  General and vascular surgeon Dr. David W. Ranson in South Charleston, West...

What Is Venous Disease, and How Is It Treated? Oct 1st, 2020

Your heart is a motor-like muscle that powers your body, keeping your “machine” running smoothly and reliably. As with any other type of motor, your heart requires many different parts to keep the machinery humming, including arteries to distribute blood to the rest of your body, and veins to carry...