Archive for tag: cancer

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

2013-09-30_bcribbonThis week's 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 services.

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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Relay for Life

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 cancer. 

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 for upcoming events. 


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 ACS.


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Colon Cancer Awareness Month

2013-03-12_ribbonI 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 cancerous. 

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 resource--time. 

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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