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THE WEIRS TIMES, Thursday, February 25, 2010
To Your Health
Presented by LRGHealthcare
To Screen or Not to Screen: That is the Question
large, institutionalized NH., just off the rotary on
T_he American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009, there were more
“T_he American Cancer Society has been quite strong in their position that women should continue to get
dreariness. Rte 3. Call 603-279-0080
than 192,000 new cases of breast cancer identif_ied in the United States.
regular clinical exams, and that they should begin annual mammograms at the age of 40. While statistically,
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the odds of cancer occurring in younger women may be lower, there are many women who have been
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Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in the
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United States, but when caught early, it is treatable.
friend, family member, neighbor, or co-worker—whose life has been saved through early detection.
members and staff.” org.
“Dealing with a fam-
For many years the American Cancer Society has recommended that all
“LRGHealthcare stands by the American Cancer Society in encouraging women to begin clinical exams at the
ily member with memory The August 20, 2009
women over the age of 20 should have a clinical breast exam by a doctor
age of 20, and mammograms at the age of 40,” says Witkin. “And if you still have questions, talk with your
loss can sometimes put a issue of The Weirs Times
or nurse every three years; and that once a woman reaches the age of 40,
doctor. Please don’t let a controversial new guideline discourage you from getting a simple screening that
family into a crisis mode,” also featured an article
clinical exams should increase in frequency to once each year, and
could save your life.”
Chandler said. “We are a on Meredith Bay Colony
annual mammograms should begin. T_he guideline was widely followed
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But in October, 2009, a government task force came out with new guide-
Meredith Bay Colony
lines that lef_t many women confused. In their report, the U.S. Preventive
Club is located at 21 Mile
Services Task Force advised that most women should wait until 50
Point Drive in Meredith,
before beginning to get a mammogram once every year or two. T_he
report also said that the benef_it of mammography for women over the
age of 75 is unknown, and that the value of breast exams by doctors is
Lakes Region
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T_he new guidelines did stir up controversy, but they should not
overshadow the value of early detection, explains LRGHealthcare Breast
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Health Educator Ginny Witkin, RN. “It is not unusual for new studies to We’ve got the ingredients for Good Health!
be released, and guidelines to be questioned,” says Witkin. “In fact, that
is a good thing, as it encourages us to always evaluate new information
Members of The Gardens are led through their daily exercise session by Christy DeMark
to ensure we are utilizing best practices in healthcare. However, there is
of member services.
• Natural Organic Foods • Supplements
nothing in this new information that indicates that we should change
• Organic Meats & Produce • Organic Body Care
• Gluten Free Foods • NH Made Products
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Another service avail-
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able to members of The
Cost should not be a barrier to any woman in our community getting
Gardens is the Wellness
a mammogram. Medicare, Medicaid, and most other insurance
Center which offers every-
Rte 25 • Meredith Shopping Center • 279-4165
plans cover mammograms. There are also programs in our thing ranging from blood
community to help women access regular mammograms. For a pressure testing to podia-
limited time, through a grant from the National Cancer Foundation,
trist visits to flu shot clin-
mammograms and breast ultrasound services are available free to
ics. There is also a beauty
women in our community who meet financial guidelines!
shop on the premises with
their own hairdresser and
Call 527-7000 today for more information!
a full service spa where
a member can get their
nails done, enjoy a relax-
ing massage or an invigo-
rating facial.
Other activities with-
in Meredith Bay Colony
Club are also available to
members of The Gardens
if they choose to partici-
The lounge area at The Gardens provides a relaxing area
pate. Local artisans from
where members can enjoy a movie or the calming videos of
around the area give fre-
fireplaces or seasonal scenes.
quent workshops. An ex-
pert on Nantucket Basket
making was scheduled for pocketbook and peace of Dragonfly
the weekend. mind.
The question most any “We are about $1,000 a
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