blog I wanted to focus on the National Breast Cancer Awareness
Month (NBCAM) which is a collaboration of national public service
organizations, professional medical associations, and government
agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share
information on the disease, and provide greater access to
NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast
cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on
breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides
have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there
remains much to be accomplished. They remain dedicated to educating
and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.
Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and
educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the
year. In July, my neighbor passed away from breast cancer and
I would like to honor her and many women who are survivors and
fighters of breast cancer.
Please encourage you patients, friends and family about yearly
mammograms and self-breast examination. I will be showing my
support by wearing the pink ribbon this month. There is also a
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of DuPage County on Sunday
October 20, 2013, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton,
IL. There are pamphlets about the 5k fundraising walk are available
at the LRC front desk. This is a great cause and students can
receive off-campus hours.
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I wanted to share with you a wonderful community service event
for which I volunteered this past Friday, June
7th at Downers Grove North High School. The event
was called Relay for Life. What is Relay for Life?
At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come
together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and
fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The
funds you raise truly make a difference in the fight against
Relay teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running
around a track or path at a local high school, park or fairground.
Relay events are up to 24 hours in length and, because cancer never
sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the
track at all times.
Pat Genardo, assistant director of the National University
Health Sciences LRC, organized this Relay for Life event. She has
been participating in Relay for Life for 17 years, and has been on
the planning committee for ACS for 15 years. Pat became involved
with ACS when her mother passed away from cancer 17 years ago.
Pat's sister also was diagnosed with cancer but is a survivor. Her
team this year was called United Against Cancer and raised over
$5,000 in donations. Any students interested in earning community
service hours can contact Pat Genardo at 630-889-6597 or email@example.com for upcoming
I wanted to thank ACS and Pat for planning this event. I was
honored and humbled to be among the survivors of cancer and their
caregivers. I met so many wonderful people. I always live by the
motto, "Love Life." What an inspiration to us all that we celebrate
the gift of life through such a wonderful organization like
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Diem (Latin) - Seize the Day!
I want to remind everyone that March is
Colon Cancer Awareness Month. On March 1, I had the privilege of
attending a health fair in Naperville sponsored by the American
Cancer Society. I spoke and distributed colon cancer awareness
materials to over 150 individuals.
Colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer in Illinois claiming
2,500 lives annually. Yet it's one of the only cancers that can be
prevented through screenings that allow doctors to find polyps
growing in the colon and remove them before they turn
It is recommended that if you are 50 years old or older, you are
due for a colonoscopy. Nine out of every 10 cases of colon cancer
are found in this age group. If you have a family history, I
recommend having the conversation with your doctor that you may
need to be screened even earlier.
The good news is that colonoscopy is covered by insurance once
every 10 years, and sometimes five years if recommended by your
doctor. Insurance plans like Medicare and Medicaid will pay for
preventive treatment. The American Cancer Society is working to
provide free colon cancer screening for patients who lack medical
coverage to pay for the test; free tests are available for those
without health insurance through partnerships with hospitals across
Illinois. Among the hospitals now offering free exams are
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University Medical Center,
Southern Illinois Healthcare, Southern Illinois University School
of Medicine, and the University of Chicago Hospitals.
The American Cancer Society's Epidemiology Research Program is
currently inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65
years who have no personal history of cancer to join their Cancer
Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) that will begin in April. The ultimate
goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various
racial/ethnic backgrounds across the U.S. By joining CPS-3, you can
help researchers understand how to prevent cancer, which will save
lives and give people more of their most precious
If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the
study, please contact your local cancer society. The nearest local
for Dupage is the DuPage Regional Office at 1801 Meyers Road,
Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181. The phone number is
630-932-1141. They are open Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please contact Lauren Brandmeyer for additional information
regarding the study.
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