Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Come show your support and receive a free breast exam, refreshments, goodie bags, and chances to win other items.

Date:       Wednesday, October 29th

Time:      1pm-4pm

Where:   Eads Medical Clinic

                1211 Luther St. Eads, CO

If you have any questions, please call the clinic at (719) 438-2251


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
What is breast cancer?
Abnormal (unusual) cells in the breast can turn into cancer. Breast cancer can spread to other parts of the body.
About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. The good news is that many people can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.
Talk with your doctor or nurse if you notice any of these changes:
  • A lump in the breast
  • A change in size, shape, or feel of the breast
  • Fluid (called discharge) coming out of a nipple

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast to check for breast cancer. Mammograms can help find breast cancer early. You have a better chance of surviving breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

  • If you are age 40 through 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
  • If you are age 50 to 74, get mammograms every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often. Together, you and your doctor can decide what’s best for you.
Mammograms for women over age 40 are covered under the Affordable Care Act. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get mammograms at no cost to you. Talk to your insurance provider.
Like all medical tests, mammograms have pros and cons. These pros and cons change with your age and your risk for breast cancer. Use the questions below to start a conversation with your doctor about mammograms.

The Basics

Mammograms can help find breast cancer early. You have a better chance of surviving breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

  • Women ages 40 to 49: Talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often you need them.
  • Women ages 50 to 74: Get mammograms every 2 years. Talk with your doctor to decide if you need them more often.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. Mammograms use a very low level of x-rays, which are a type of radiation. A mammogram is very safe.
When you get mammograms, the nurse will place your breasts, one at a time, between 2 plastic plates and take pictures of them. Mammograms can be uncomfortable for some women, but they don’t hurt.
It takes only about 20 minutes to get mammograms.
What if the doctor finds something wrong with my breast?
Mammograms let the doctor or nurse look for small lumps inside your breast. If a lump is found, you will need other tests to find out if it’s cancer.
The doctor or nurse may take a small bit of tissue from the lump for testing. This is called a biopsy (“BY-op-see”).

What about cost?
The Affordable Care Act – the health care reform law passed in 2010 – covers these services for women at higher risk of getting breast cancer:

  • Counseling about BRCA genetic testing
  • Counseling about breast cancer chemoprevention

Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance provider to find out what’s included in your plan.

Mammograms for women over age 40 are covered under the Affordable Care Act. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get mammograms at no cost to you. Talk to your insurance provider.
Like all medical tests, mammograms have pros and cons. These pros and cons change with your age and your risk for breast cancer. Use the questions below to start a conversation with your doctor about mammograms.

What do I ask the doctor?

It helps to have questions for the doctor written down ahead of time. Print this list of questions, and take it to your next appointment. You may want to ask a family member or close friend to come with you to take notes.

  • Do I have risk factors for breast cancer?
  • I am under age 50:
    • Based on my risk factors, what are my chances of getting breast cancer?
    • Should I start getting regular mammograms? If so, how often?
    • What are the pros and cons of getting mammograms before age 50?
  • I am between ages 50 and 74:
    • Based on my risk factors, what are my chances of getting breast cancer?
    • How often should I get mammograms?
    • What are the pros and cons of getting mammograms every 2 years instead of every year?
  • What happens during an appointment to get mammograms?
  • How long will it take to get the results of my mammograms?
  • If I don’t hear back from you about the results of my mammograms, should I assume everything is okay?

What is genetic testing?
Genetic tests help doctors look for mutations (changes) in your genes. If you have a mutation in certain genes, such as BRCA1 or BRCA2, you are more likely to get breast or ovarian cancer.

Be prepared.
If you are thinking about genetic testing for breast or ovarian cancer, first think about what you will learn and how the results will affect you and your family External Links Disclaimer Logo.

Here are some questions to think about:

  • If I get tested, will I be more worried about getting sick?
  • Will I share the test results with my spouse or partner? My children? Family and friends? How will they react to the news?
  • Are my children ready to learn new information that may one day affect their health?
Medicine may help lower your breast cancer risk.
If you are at high risk of getting breast cancer, you can take drugs (medicine) that may help lower your risk. This is called chemo (“KEE-moh”) prevention.
Two drugs approved by the FDA, called tamoxifen and raloxifene, may help lower your risk of getting breast cancer. Scientists are still studying these drugs to find out if they can lower breast cancer risk in women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.
There are side effects and possible risks from taking these drugs, so it’s important to talk with your doctor or nurse about your cancer risk and your prevention options.
Talk with a doctor about your family health history.
Use this family health history tool to keep track of the diseases that run in your family. Take the information with you to the doctor or nurse.


Breast Cancer FAQ's

Exercise boosts the immune system and helps you to keep your weight in check. With as little as three hours of exercise per week, or about 30 minutes a day, a woman can begin to lower her risk of breast cancer. This doesn’t require going to a gym either. Power walking is more than sufficient!

A nutritious, low-fat diet (30 grams or less) with plenty of fruits and green and orange vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. A high-fat diet increases the risk because fat triggers estrogen production that can fuel tumor growth.

Smoking is a confirmed risk factor for many types of cancer. Recent research in the last year (2012) has confirmed that smoking is a contributing risk factor for developing breast cancer. Additionally, second hand smoke is also a risk factor for cancer. So if you are a smoker, help yourself in a significant way and join a smoking cessation program to help you stop. The day you stop smoking the healing can begin and each week in which you are smoke-free, you give yourself increasing advantages for a healthier life. Smoking also directly contributes to heart and other lung diseases, too.

Moderation is key. One drink per day has been shown to slightly increase the risk of breast cancer. Having more than one drink per day has shown to be a more significant risk factor, and the alcohol content doesn’t matter: wine, beer or a mixed drink. Alcohol also increases estrogen in your bloodstream. Although we know that more than one drink per day increases risks, to date there are no studies that demonstrate directly that the more a person drinks, the greater their risk for cancer. And in some cases, drinking one glass of wine a day can offer heart-health benefit. If you drink alcohol, this is an important topic to discuss with your doctor so that you will know what limits are best for you to observe

There is an increased risk of breast cancer for women who have been using birth control pills for more than five years. However due to the low amount of hormones in birth control pills today, the risk is relatively small. But if a young woman has a significant family history of breast cancer, her gynecologist may recommend taking a break for a year from the pill at the 5-year time frame then resuming again for another 5 years. Although evidence-based research data does not offer strong support for this standard of care, it has nevertheless become an increasingly common practice.

Yes, there is. HRT was added to the carcinogenic list by the American Cancer Society in the early 2000s. It is recommended that women with known risks not be placed on HRT to control of menopausal symptoms. They should instead seek other safer alternatives.

Give yourself a breast self-exam once a month. Look for any changes in breast tissue, such as changes in size, feeling a palpable lump, dimpling or puckering of the breast, inversion of the nipple, redness or scaliness of the breast skin, redness or scaliness of the nipple/areola area, or discharge of secretions from the nipple.  If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes, it is very important that you see a physician immediately. Though 8 out of 10 lumps are benign, all require evaluation to confirm that they are not cancerous.  Women should perform their breast self exam 7-10 days after their menstrual period starts which is also when their breasts are the least tender and lumpy. If they are no longer menstruating, then she should select the same day of the month (first of the month for example) and mark it on the calendar to remind herself when to perform this self exam. What to look for is a change from last month’s exam to this month’s exam. It is not unusual to have lumpy or bumpy breasts.  All women should know the geography of their own breasts. If having trouble remembering, draw a diagram of where the lumps, bumps, grooves, and other findings are felt so that this can be used as a reminder from month to month. There is no added value in doing breast self exams more often than monthly. Also the findings may be different as well, in relationship to where a woman is in her menstrual cycle.

Although women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. Statistically only 5-10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease.

In 2012, some research studies have shown that factors such as traumatic events and losses can alter immune system functions, and when immune functions are altered cancer cells may have an opportunity to get themselves established within one’s body. What has been shown is that it is not the fact that a major life crisis has occurred but instead how the individual reacted to this event and coped (or didn’t cope). Therefore, identifying ways to keep your stress level in check is wise.





Physical Therapy Awareness Month


October is National Physical Therapy Awareness Month


About National Physical Therapy Month

 National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) is a commemoration held each October by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). NPTM is designed to recognize the impact that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants make in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives.

Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are experts in improving mobility and motion, and pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of daily life, your ability to earn a living, your ability to pursue your favorite leisure activities, and so much more.

Improve Mobility & Motion

Movement can help you prevent obesity, which may be responsible for at least 18% of US adult deaths. Meanwhile, recent studies suggest that prolonged sitting can be unhealthy, and that walking just a little bit more each day can help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Consistent movement is also vital to maintaining a healthy balance system, and that's important because falls often lead to significant, costly injuries.  Physical therapists work with their patients and clients of all ages and abilities to expand, restore, and maintain motion.

Avoid Surgery and Prescription Drugs

Many people are referred to a physical therapist in order to rehabilitate from a major medical trauma or surgery, but increasing research suggests that treatment by a physical therapist is often an equally effective - and cheaper - alternative to surgery and prescription drugs for numerous conditions ranging from back pain and degenerative disk disease to meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis.  Although direct access laws vary by state and insurance plans differ, anyone in the United States can arrange a screening by a physical therapist without a physician's referral. Through individualized treatment plans designed by physical therapists, patients can sometimes achieve the same results without the expense and side effects of surgery and prescription medication.

Participate In Your Recovery

Physical therapists routinely work collaboratively with their patients. Treatment plans can be designed for the patient's individual goals, challenges, and needs. Receiving treatment by a physical therapist is rarely a passive activity, and participating in your own recovery can be empowering. In many cases, patients develop an ongoing relationship with their physical therapist to maintain optimum health and movement abilities across the lifespan.


New Service Provided at Kiowa County Hospital District

Functional Dry Needling – Physical Therapy Fact Sheet

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a 'Trigger Point’. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle which is used is very thin. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it has and is advanced into the muscle, the feeling of discomfort can vary drastically from patient to patient.


How is it different from Acupuncture?

  • Dry needling aims for trigger points and knotted muscle and soft tissue fibers. Acupuncture employs the “meridian system” and is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

  • An appropriate neuro-musculoskeletal assessment based on objective pathologic findings that leads to a movement dysfunction diagnosis is conducted with a Physical Dry Needling. This is based on western medical philosophy. Acupuncture diagnoses are based on a detailed evaluation of a patient looking at their tongue and their pulse.

    How effective is it?

  • The therapeutic goal of Dry Needling is to elicit a muscle “twitch” of the dysfunctional muscle by manipulating the needle while inserted in the muscle or soft tissue. This “twitch” can also be facilitated with the use of a gentle electrical-stim unit. The purpose of this is to help “reset” the underlying dysfunctional muscle so the patient can achieve normal control and tone. This provides either a releasing or facilitatory effect which results in a noticeable, and sometimes immediate, decrease in pain and/or improvement in range of motion.

  • With acupuncture, the needle is usually left in place with the goal of balancing the “qi” or “chi” energy in your body that is causing your symptoms. They also use different herbs and stimulate the needles as needed (with an electric current or a small flame) to help with balancing the “chi” flow in your body. 

      What are the side effects if any?

  • Common (1-10%) side effects include muscle soreness, fatigue, bleeding, needle insertion pain. Uncommon (.1-1%) side effects include feeling faint or dizzy, aggravation of symptoms, headache. Very rare symptoms (.01-.1%) include infection and a pneumothorax.

     Who can get Dry Needling?

  • Not all patients with aches or pains may be appropriate for dry needling. Patient selection is determined following a quick evaluation / assessment by your Physical Therapist. Usually, if the following conditions apply, dry needling may not be the treatment of choice for your dysfunction:

  • History of pneumothorax

  • Uncontrolled anti-coagulant usage

  •  Local infection or active tumor in area being treated

  • Women in 1st trimester of pregnancy

  • For patients that have had recent surgery, the protocol that is recommended is that we do not treat any area that is contiguous with the area you had surgery in for at least 6 weeks after surgery. The area you had surgery in should not be treated either for at least 12 weeks. Communication and approval from your surgeon would also be needed to attempt this when it is close to those time frames.

    Is it covered by my insurance?

  • This procedure is a recognized procedure in the scope of practice of Physical Therapy by the state of Colorado and more than half of states in the US. However, since this is a fairly new medical procedure using a common tool that acupuncturists use, Medicare does not have specific wording allowing Dry Needling. The most recent advisory memo they have is regarding the use of “acupuncture” with treatment of OA and fibromyalgia, and as per this memo, they have decided that this is not a covered procedure.

  • Some commercial insurance may or may not cover this procedure. You would have to check with your insurance to see if they would cover it prior to receiving the procedure.

    Do I need a script to get Dry Needling?

  • No. Colorado is a direct access state for Physical Therapy practice, you only need to schedule a visit for a self-referral with the scheduling office.






The Mission Statement of Kiowa County Hospital District is to create a healthy community through access to quality, friendly, state-of-the-art health care and health education.

 Kiowa County Hospital District is a State Licensed 25-bed Critical Access Hospital. We provide the following care and services:

  • Eads Medical Clinic
  • 24-hour Emergency Department
  • Ambulance Service offering ground and air services
  • Swingbed services for rehabilitation
  • Acute In-Patient services
  • Extended Care Unit (long term care)
  • On-site Lab
  • On-site Radiology
  • Out-Patient and In-Patient Physical Therapy

We also offer the following Specialty Clinics:

  • Dr. Barry Smith, Cardiologist scheduled monthly
  • Dr. George Gustafson, Cardiologist every 3rd Monday afternoon
  • Dr. Sean Oquist, Chiropractor scheduled every Wednesday
  • Dr. James Yakel, Podiatrist scheduled every other month
  • Sleep studies
  • Ultrasound services
 Please click the Calendar Tab to see when our Specialty Providers are scheduled to be here.  
 If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment,
please call the Admissions Desk at (719) 438-5401
                                                              (719) 438-5697 fax


Eads Clinic New Hours Of Care


The Eads Clinic is changing office hours

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Medical Providers—

Dr David Lenderts, MD

Dr Megan Silva, MD

Dr Jeffrey Waggoner, MD

Dawn Back, PAC






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