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Archive for June, 2007

Cancer of the Vulva and teh Bartholin Cyst

Cancer of the Vulva. Cancer of the vulva, or external vagina, is not the most common cancer in the genital tract, but it is one cancer that can be detected by the patient in its early stages before it has spread to other regions. Most of these cancers develop in areas of leukoplakia which have been itching and irritated for a long time. The onset of cancer may be quite painful in the vulva, presenting a slight bloody discharge and the feeling of a raised lump or ulcer; this can be seen easily with a mirror.

Cancer of the vulva, which often burns when touched by urine, is usually not found until after the age of sixty years, and though the seeking of treatment is commonly delayed in these patients, early surgical care can often promise cure. At no age should treatment of cancer be postponed, because a very simple treatment necessary today, might easily be exchanged for a nightmare of trouble tomorrow.

Bartholin Cyst. Fluid-filled enlargements on one side of the outer vagina, result from the small Bartholin glands which become blocked up. Often caused by infection, these cysts may approach the size of a walnut with little or no pain. However, when filled with pus, such cysts may be excruciatingly painful, and make walking or sitting extremely uncomfortable. These cysts are not cancerous in nature but do have great nuisance value. Their presence is readily detected, known to be abnormal and productive of much cancer fright.

Surgical removal of such cysts is a simple, adequate, and permanent cure for this difficulty.

Fig. 114. Bartholin Cysts are fluid-filled enlarged glands of the vaginal orifice. When infected, they can be exquisitely painful.

How to Get Your Dependency on Hearing Loss Treatment Reduced

Great advancement in medicine in the 21st century has enabled researchers and doctors in finding effective treatment for all kinds of ailments. For those who don t want to wear glasses Lasic surgery comes in handy. For those with injures in sports and games and arthritis knee and hip replacements are available. But unfortunately hearing loss is a disorder for which doctors and researchers are unable to find a proper cure. There are, however ways and means to effectively manage reduction in hearing. A few facts about hearing loss and how to keep it in check and find your own way to cure it are given below.

Hearing loss types

Conductive and sensor neural are the two main types, the former being the extreme type and caused by broken oscilla or blockage within the canal that runs to the eardrum. This can be corrected by surgically reconstructing the oscilla within the ear or removing the blockage Sensor neural hearing loss involves extensive damage to the auditory nerve within the ear or the total absence of the nerve itself. In this case little or no sounds reach the auditory cortex of the brain. Because of this hearing impairment is incurable and permanent. Even surgery cannot help. Slight sensor neural hearing loss can be managed with hearing aids. But in case of deafness in one or two ears hearing aids are of no benefit.

Your duty

You should have known through your doctor that hearing loss couldn t be cured. He would have suggested using a hearing aid or consulting a speech pathologist who could assist you in understanding the world around you. You can avoid frustration and minimize hearing loss by knowing how to take care of your bad hearing. You will be free from anguish through frequent hearing tests and using hearing aids.

[tags]Hearing Aids, Cochlea[/tags]

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