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Caring for Your Baby 



Surgical Weight Loss Information Seminar 


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Balanced Life Yoga 


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We hope you are easing into a slower pace and taking time to enjoy everything summer has to offer. Because June is both Cancer Survivors Month and Men's Health Month, it's the perfect reminder to schedule some cancer screening appointments for you and your loved ones. Remember: early detection saves lives! Read on to learn more.


We Interrupt this Regularly Scheduled Program

Unfortunately, there is no alarm that sounds when you develop skin cancer. No siren blares when colon cancer arises. No "we-interrupt-this-regularly-scheduled-programming" warning to let you know that you have grown a mass in your breast.


While many cancers don't have obvious symptoms, routine screening tests can uncover cancer in its earliest stages. These screenings are important - the sooner you discover an abnormality and treat it, the better your outcome can be. The American Cancer Society recommends the following screenings for most adults:



Breast Cancer. Yearly mammograms starting at age 40. Clinical breast examinations every three years for women in their 20s and 30s; once a year for women 40 and up. Learn more >>  


Cervical Cancer. Women in their 20s should have a Pap test at least every three years. Women from 30-65 should have a Pap test, and talk with their doctors about having a HPV test, every five years. Learn more >>  



Prostate Cancer. Starting around age 50 (depending on family history and other risk factors), men should talk to a doctor about the pros and cons of testing. If men decide to be tested, they should have a PSA blood test with or without a rectal exam. How often they are tested will depend on their PSA level. Learn more >>  

Women and Men

Colon Cancer. Beginning at age 50, both men and women should follow one of these testing schedules: Colonoscopy every 10 years, or flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or double contrast barium enema every 5 years, or CT colonography every 5 years. If the non-colonoscopy tests are positive, a colonoscopy should be performed. Also, a yearly fecal occult blood test, a yearly fecal immunochemical test, or a yearly stool DNA test should be performed. A colonoscopy should be performed if the test is positive. Learn more >>  


For people age 20 or older, a cancer-related check-up should include an examination of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, testes, and ovaries, as well as for some non-malignant (non-cancerous) diseases.


Of course, some people should be screened using different schedules because of their personal history or family history. Talk with your doctor ( about your history and what cancer screening schedule is best for you.


Meet our Survivors

This Survivor Month, we invite you to hear the stories of your neighbors in the Upstate who have battled cancer and come out on the other side. With the help of the St. Francis Survivorship Program - one of the first STAR-certified programs in the country - these brave men and women worked to regain their quality of life during and after cancer treatment. To learn more about the St. Francis Survivorship Program, visit us online or call the Survivorship Navigator at 864-675-4656.

It's Men's Health Month


Routine maintenance isn't just for his car! If your husband/partner/father/son/brother is doctor-phobic, give him a little nudge to find a doctor, make an appointment for a yearly check up, dental exam or any early detection cancer screenings that he may be ready for. Let's hear it for the boys!


The Vive! newsletter was created for women to offer education and lifestyle tips for better knowledge and care for your health. Find more information online, and tell a friend!