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Erectile dysfunction
As you get older, erections may take longer and may not be as firm. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. Having erection trouble from time to time is not necessarily a cause for concern. But if  the erection situation is an ongoing issue, then it becomes a problem. It can cause stress, affect self-confidence and may even lead to marital problems. A number of things can interfere with sexual feelings and cause erectile dysfunction.

These are the risk factors-
Conditions such as diabetes and heart conditions
Heavy smoking
Certain medical treatments for prostate
Radiation treatment for cancer
Some medications used to control or treat depression,  high blood pressure and prostate conditions
Stress, anxiety and depression
Drug abuse and excessive alcohol  
Sleep Apnea

These are general symptoms-
Trouble getting an erection
Trouble keeping a strong erection
Reduced or losee of sexual desire

If you are concerned about erectile dysfunction, please talk to your doctor.
Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is common in older men. Prostate cancer can affect African-American, Hispanic and white men. In some men, the tumors appear to grow more quickly. Symptoms may include urinary problems such as weak or slow stream, the need to urinate more often, particularly at night. Blood in the urine is another symptom and weak erection. Also, bone pain in the hips, back, ribs and other areas can indicate prostate cancer that has spread. Numbness or weakness in the legs and feet are also possible symptoms. Prostate cancer must not be confused with prostate enlargement. Please Talk to your health care provider.

Colon Cancer
You may think of it as an older person's problem, but you will be surprised to hear that more adults in their 20s and 30s are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

Warning signs.
1. Bleeding- Probably the most common warning sign is rectal bleeding. The blood can be bright red or a darker maroon color. It would generally be more significant bleeding than that caused by hemorrhoids. If you notice blood on the toilet paper, in the toilet bowl or mixed in with your stool. Don't ignore it, tell your doctor.
2. Iron-deficiency anemia- When colon cancer tumors bleed, that causes iron loss in your body. People may not be aware that they are losing blood, but a routine blood test will reveal anemia, or not having enough healthy red blood cells.
3. Abdominal pain- A tumor could cause a blockage or a tear, causing cramps and other pain. The type of abdominal discomfort you may experience depends on what's going on. Pain may be a sign that things can not pass through. You may also experience nausea and vomiting, and abdominal distention.
4. Narrow stools- If your stools are regularly much thinner than before, this may suggest a tumor in the colon, Watch for other changes in your bowel habits, like constipation.
5. An unproductive urge to have a bowel movement-  Tenesmus is the feeling that you have to empty your bowels, but when you try, no stool passes. This can be caused by a tumor that is in your rectum.

Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a silent killer of women. Breast cancer can spread to other body tissues. The causes of breast cancer are not fully known, but risk factors have been identified.
Early symptoms and signs of breast cancer are typically not recognizable. Screening mammography is important to detect cancers at a very early stage. Larger breast cancers do not always produce symptoms and signs. When symptoms do occur, the most common symptom are..
1. Lump or mass in the breast or underarm area
2. Nipple discharge
3. Nipple redness
4. Changes in the breast skin texture
5. Swelling of part of the breast
6. Nipple pain may occur in certain cases

If you experience any or mixtire of these symptoms, please see your doctor.

What causes fibroids?
From numerous health journals and reports that I have read, scinetists have not definitively found the cause for fibroid growth. Fibroids can grow up as one large tumor or a group of smaller ones. A large fibroid can give the uterus the appearance and shape of seven months of pregnancy. Some women overlook the symptoms of fibroid because they are used to the pressure, pain and bleeding that fibroids can cause.

Signs of fibroid- as stated by Cedars-Sinai.
1. A larger abdomen,
2. Anemia due heavy menstrual bleeding
3. Pain in the rear of the legs
4. Painful sex
5. Pain in the pelvis
6/ Pressure on the bladder or bowel

How are fibroids treated?
1. Doctors may treat uterine fibroids with medications to promote shrinkage.
2. Through minimally invasive surgical procedures that destroy fibroids without open surgery.
3. Doctors may also remove fibroids through traditional open surgical procedures.
In most cases, once a woman reaches menopause, fibroids may stop growing, it may shrink without treatment. Mind  you, this is not true for all women. Fibroids may grow or shrink at different times in different women.

Natural treatments include:
1. Exercise
2. Avoid processed foods high in white flour
3. Avoid foods such as cookies, cakes and white bread.

Please contact your doctor if you feel you have fibroid or fibroid symptoms.

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These are signs that your breathing stopped while sleeping
Some people stop breathing all together in their sleep. When breathing stops, your brain is deprived of oxygen. When this happens, you may wake up with a slight to big headache in the morning. It is more common than you think and it is called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can lead to some serious consequences if not checked. Sleep apnea has been linked with irregular heartbeat, hypertension, stroke, heart attack and even sudden death while sleeping. Loud snoring has also been linked to sleep apnea. However, not everyone who has sleep apnea snores and not everyone who snores have sleep apnea. Breathing into a partially collapsed airway causes vibration, which makes the snoring sound. If there is no air moving, then there can’t be any noise. Danger! Pausing between snores can be more concerning because this is the time that you are not breathing at all.
When you wake up five times or more at night, your body is not settling into the deep. This can negatively impact how well you remember small details like where you parked your vehicle or where you last placed the remote control or your car keys. If you doze off in a dark movie theater or you consistently fall asleep on the couch while watching TV with your family or friends, this could be apnea related. Some people fall asleep within minutes of sitting down. They may say, ‘Oh, it is normal for me to fall asleep whenever I am motionless, no big deal! Well, it is a big deal. It is not normal to fall asleep when you don’t want to. It can cause some deadly consequences to your health over time. If this sounds like you, please make an appointment with your doctor.

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These are six pains you should not ignore
Are you having constant body pain?  Regardless of your age, constant body pain can affect anyone. The most common body pains are shoulder, neck, back, muscle and joint pains. Pain in these sensitive areas could be a sign of serious problems. Here are six pains you should never ignore.

1. Left shoulder and arm pain- this could be a pending heart attack or spleen issues.
2. Back Pain- this could be kidney stones, ruptured disc or pancreatic problems
3. Leg and calf pain- this could be blood clot or deep vein thrombosis
4. Severe heahache- this could be stroke or blood clot
5. Neck Pain- this could be lung or diaphragm issues
6. Right shoulder pain- this could be liver or gallbladder issues

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Disclaimer: Self medication will KILL YOU. Please see a medical doctor for full screening.
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