Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dr. Josh Evans, a Loyola Internal Medicine physician, with WJOL radio

Dr. Joshua Evans, a Primary Care physician, chose this field of medicine because he wanted to build long-term relationships with his patients.

He talks about the importance of vaccinations for adults. He said that as we go on in life, we lose our immunity to certain illnesses. If you have a primary care physician, then your doctor's office can tell you when you are due for another set of booster shots. Adults should be aware that they will need boosters for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) and an annual vaccination against the flu.Another to consider after age 65 is the zoster vaccine to prevent the painful outbreak of shingles, which is a recurrence of chicken pox.

He also explained that people absolutely can not get the flu from the vaccine. That is one of the biggest myths around. The vaccine is made of ground-up particles of the flu virus and will not infect you. October and November are the best time to get a vaccine shot so that your system has time to build up immunity before the beginning of the flu season.

He recommends that people be up to date on their cancer screenings, like those for cervical, breast, prostate and colon. He said everyone should get their first colonoscopy at age 50 unless there is a family history of colon cancer. In this case, you should start around age 40. With breast cancer, he highly recommends self-exams. About 5 percent of cancers are discovered this way. Also adults in their 20s should have their skin checked out for skin cancer.

Cholesterol screenings are an important test to prevent heart disease. He suggests that people have this test about every 5 years, if they don't already know that they are at risk for heart disease. If they are, then they should have this test more often.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 888-LUHS-888 (888-584-7888).

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.