Women’s Center Director’s Letter – October 2015

The hot, dog days of summer are behind us and we’re now cruising into the cool, crisp days of fall. It’s one of my favorite times of the year!

With fall comes….I’m going to say it—Breast Cancer Awareness Month! As a reminder, and just coming off the heels of my own breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, I want to stress to all women—mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts and sisters—get your mammogram! It’s one of the easiest ways to prevent and detect breast cancer. The flood of pink is everywhere, but it’s more than a pretty color. Pink is a reminder that breast cancer strikes 813 women every day. That’s unacceptable!
Please take care of your breasts.

I also want to remind you that the third annual art show submission deadline is October 21. Time is ticking away to be part of this very special survivor artist showcase. You can find more information on our website. To view the 2014 show, visit our website gallery.

Vaccines are very important to your overall health. All adults, regardless of age, need vaccines. Over the past year the CDC has made new recommendations and updates to many common vaccinations. Read the recommendations by our new physician Akeira Johnson.

High blood pressure is a serious health concern, especially for women. Did you know that new recommendations suggest that we should keep our systolic number at 120 instead of 140? Find out on page 4 why researchers say the drop can make a big difference in your health.

And if you or a woman you know experiences bladder leakage and pelvic pain, please read the article by Stacey Clarke, DPT, WCS. It covers the benefits of pelvic floor therapy and how our program can help stop bladder leakage and relieve pain. Before the year winds down please make your health a priority, schedule any physical, annual screenings, vaccinations and your mammogram.

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