What You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, is the third most common cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women in the United States. It is also a cancer that is beatable, treatable and preventable. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and most curable when detected at an early stage.
What is colon cancer and how does it spread?

Taking care of your gut 101

Stomach discomfort can strike at any time and can alter your everyday routine in your home and work life. Constipation, heart burn and several trips to the bathroom during the day can attest to that. It’s important to stay on tract, digestive tract that is. Your digestive tract, also referred to as your digestive system, plays an important role in your body. A series of major organs are simultaneously working together to break down the food you consume, absorb and move necessary nutrients throughout the body and then eliminate waste.

Embrace Seminar: Eat Well, Be Well

Eat Well, Be Well

Presented by: Nicole Gunnare, MS, RD, LD and Molly Morrison, RD, LD

Do you want to learn more about nutrition? Are you interested in changing your eating habits and managing your weight in a healthy way?

5 Healthy Heart Habits

Take care of your heart- you only have one. Heart disease is preventable and you can do your part to control your risk factors. Here are five ways you can protect your heart.

Limit alcohol

Alcohol consumption can increase levels of fat in the blood stream, causing high blood pressure and obesity. Drinking alcohol in moderation is key. The recommendation is two drinks for men and one drink for women per day. Below are the standard serving sizes of alcohol.

•12 oz. beer

•4 oz. of wine

Husband's Heart Saved by LVAD - A Love Story Continues

The Madrid couple didn’t know that their five hour drive to Albuquerque would lead to open-heart surgery.

Arturo and his wife Pilar traveled from their cozy home in Anthony, New Mexico (located close to the border in southern NM) to seek better treatment and a recommendation for Arturo’s poor heart condition at the Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center. “I couldn’t walk very far and I was always sleeping,” Arturo remembers.

Nurturing Your Love Before and After Baby

Before and after baby can be a tenuous time for a couple. So many things are changing at such a rapid pace it can catch a couple off-guard. It’s easy to get swallowed up in the preparations for a new life, that the current life may take a hit and feel less than exciting. You had a spark when you brought this new life to be, so where is it now? How can you find it and keep it?

Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer

“So what puts me at risk?” This is a common question asked when discussing cervical cancer. Risk factors are attributes that increase your chance of developing cancer. Cervical cancer is a type of cancer caused by abnormal cells in the cervix. According to the American Cancer Society, there were about 12,820 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed in 2017. It’s important to understand what puts you at risk so you can take steps towards prevention.

Cervical cancer risk factors include:

Stages of Change

Creating new habits or quitting less healthy habits can be stressful. It seems like it can take all the willpower you have. There are, however, ways to rejuvenate will power and understand the change process that can make changing not appear or feel so challenging.

The Transtheoretical Model or the Stages of Change help us see the cycle of how we decide to alter our behaviors. There are six steps and one “loophole” to acknowledge as part of the change process.


Lovelace Health System Contributes to Local Food Pantry

Since 1989, Rio Grande Food Project (RGFP) has worked to prevent and end hunger for children, adults, and seniors throughout Albuquerque. Established in 1989 by several members of the Rio Grande Presbyterian Church, the efforts of RGFP has significantly grown ever since. The Rio Grande Food Project separated from the church in 2004 and has transformed into the largest food pantry on Albuquerque’s Westside, transporting about 90,000 lbs of food and serving close to 4,000 people every month. Lovelace Health System is fortunate to support this growing food pantry year after year.