Posted by: Ricka Marsh, Training Manager, DPH WIC Learning Center
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as a breast cancer survivor I would like to share with you my personal experience on the topic. Over 10 years ago I got the dreaded diagnosis that I had breast cancer. It was discovered when I went for a mammogram.
This was not my first mammogram – I had undergone a few mammograms previously, before deciding to stop because it was just too painful the way they pulled and squished my breasts for those x-rays. Then, about 3 years later a friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer.
When I visited with her, she urged me to go back to routine mammograms like I had done before. I took her advice and that was when they discovered a suspicious lump in my breast. After taking a few more breast x-rays followed by a biopsy it was confirmed – I had breast cancer.
The doctor recommended a treatment plan which included a lumpectomy, followed by radiation, a drug called tamoxifen, and regularly scheduled mammograms afterwards.
I stuck with the treatment plan because I was determined to get well. Today I am a breast cancer survivor and I am forever grateful to my friend who urged me to go get my mammogram. The early detection and treatment resulted in a good outcome for me.
There are a range of risk factors for breast cancer – talk to your health care provider to learn what your potential risk factors might be. And in the meantime, eat healthy foods, get regular exercise, and remember that early detection saves lives.
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014