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Finding the Less-Ghoulish Treats This Halloween

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Oct 31, 2014 in Nutrition

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Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something healthy to eat?

Halloween is not a night for carrots and celery sticks. Chocolate, sugar, lollipops and gum own the night. But while our sugar intake may go up tonight, our waistlines can avoid a scare through some simple moderation.

Cancer Q&A with Linda Fryoux Harvison

cs_lindaLinda Fryoux Harvison, 64. St. Joseph’s Academy principal. Married, 2 sons.

Woman’s Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K is Right Around the Corner

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Oct 29, 2014 in Support

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It’s time to lace up your running shoes, ladies. The third annual Woman’s Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K is right around the corner, and now is the time to get your training plan finalized and register to run, walk or volunteer.

What sets the Woman’s Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K apart from other road races around the region? For starters, it’s the only races geared exclusively toward women and the celebration of the health of women and infants in south Louisiana.

The Woman’s Half Marathon and 10K offers runners the unique option to choose their running distance, even during the event. If training didn’t quite prepare a runner to tackle the half – or if she’s just ready to start the post-race party – she can simply turn north on the 10K course.

Cancer Q&A with Erin Mosley

cs_erinErin Mosley, 37. Director of Scheduling, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Married, 2 sons.

Cancer Q&A with Courtney Loup Edwards

cs_courtneyCourtney Loup Edwards, 31. LSU employee, Business Owner. Married, 2 children.

Cancer Q&A: Yoga and Cancer

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Oct 22, 2014 in Support, Treatment

The following information is provided by the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and was published by The Advocate.

QUESTION: Are there any known benefits to yoga for cancer survivors?

Cancer Q&A with Darla Zachary Sims

cs_darlaDarla Zachary Sims, 46. Woman’s Hospital analyst. Married, 2 children.

Cancer Q&A Ming-Jean Tang

cs_mingjeanMing-Jean Tang, 54. Valet Grocery, Single.

Cancer Q&A: Breast Cancer Screening

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Blogger on Oct 15, 2014 in Diagnosis

The following information is provided by the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and was published by The Advocate.

Question: What is a breast cancer screening?

Answer: The two most common types of breast cancer screenings are clinical breast exams (CBE) and mammograms. Other tests, such as MRI, might be used in screening high-risk individuals, but this is not common. CBE’s are generally performed on women of all ages every one to three years during regular doctor’s visits. During a CBE, a health care provider will inspect the breasts, underarms, and collarbone area. The doctor is looking for:

  • Differences in size or shape between the breasts,
  • A rash, dimpling, or other abnormal signs in the skin,
  • Fluid from the nipple,
  • Lumps, pea-sized or larger, or
  • Enlarged lymph nodes near the breast.

A screening mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that is performed to check the breasts for cancer even if a person does not present with any symptoms or lumps. This is because sometimes cancer cannot be felt in the breast. The U.S. Preventative Task Force recommends mammograms for women ages 50-74 every one to two years. Women who are at higher than average risk of breast cancer, because of a family history of the disease or because they carry a known genetic mutation such as the BRCA1 or the BRCA2 gene, should talk with their health care providers about whether to have mammograms before age 50 and how often to have them.

There is debate about exactly how often women should be screened, with some groups recommending mammograms start as early as 40. The most important thing to do is to discuss your risk factors and personal health with your doctor to arrange a schedule that is comfortable for both of you.

For more information contact Courtney Britton, librarian at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge at (225) 927-2273, cbritton@cancerservices.org , or visit the Education Center at 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge.

Cancer Q&A with Jacqueline Juneau Milazzo

cs_jackieJacqueline Juneau Milazzo, 49. Woman’s Hospital, Registered Nurse. Married, 3 teenaged children.

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