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Cancer Prevention

More than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices like not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests.  Take care of yourself and make your healthy lifestyle a habit and a priority.

  • Don't smoke
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise and maintain a healthy weight
  • Protect yourself from the sun
  • Avoid risky behaviors
  • Get regular medical care and screenings


Catch it early

Schedule your colonoscopy today.


Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among men and women.  However, routine testing starting at age 50 can prevent many cases of colon cancer, or find it at an early stage. But, because many people are not getting tested, only about 4 out of 10 are diagnosed at an early stage when treatment is most likely to be successful. 


If you are 50 and older, you should be screened even if you don't have any symptoms.  Colon screening can identify the cancer early and saves lives.





Prostate Health

One in six men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and in most cases, prostate cancer symptoms are not apparent in the early stages of the disease.  Symptoms may be different for each man and any one of the symptoms may be caused by other conditions. 


Routine screenings, such as digital rectal exams (DRE) and prostate specific androgen (PSA) tests are important beginning at age 50, or earlier if one or more risk factors is present.


Maintaining prostate health will do more than just reduce the chance of cancer.  Encourage the men in your life to get screened.




Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.  Approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.


Early detection is key, because small breast cancers are much less likely to have spread beyond the breast to lymph nodes or other organs.


Breast self-exam

Monthly beginning at age 20


Clinical Breast Exam

Every 3 years from ages 20-39 

Annually at age 40+   



Baseline at age 40

Every 1-2 years from ages 40-49

Annually at age 50+





Protect your skin

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer.  Many skin cancers are caused by excess exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or other sources.  It is important to protect your skin year round, but in the sunny summer months, it's especially important to follow these simple rules:

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or more) and apply 15-30 minutes before you go out in the sun
  • Try to avoid being outside when UV levels are highest, usually from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Reapply at least every 2 hours, more often if you're sweating or getting wet
  • Don't forget the easy-to-miss spots like the tips of your ears, your feet, and the back of your legs
  • Wear a hat with a brim  





Eating Right

We all know the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet.  Easier said than done, right?  Set small, realistic goals for yourself and just try it - you can do it!  Even seemingly small changes can make a big difference. 

  • Switch to 100% whole-wheat or whole grain bread
  • Use spinach leaves instead of iceberg lettuce in salads
  • Order broiled or grilled fish when dining out
  • Order coffee drinks with skim milk and skip the whip
  • Use mustard instead of mayo on sandwiches
  • Eat whole fruits instead of drinking fruit juice
  • Don't super-size fast food meals
Try our healthy, delicious recipes 
Roasted Asparagus
 Pasta Primavera 
Weight Loss For Life
Struggling to lose weight?  Frustrated with different diets that don't work for you?  Weight Loss For Life is a clinically proven, medical weight loss program that helps you take off the extra weight for good.  Learn more at one of our free information sessions. 




Free information session
Wednesday, July 2 or 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Mondays noon - 1 p.m.
Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 3, 6:30 - 8 p.m.


Monday, July 7, 6:30 - 8 p.m. 
Tuesday, July 8, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, 10 -11 a.m.
Wednesday, July 16, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Car Seat Safety Class and Clinic
Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Childlife CPR and First Aid

Monday, July 21, 7 - 10 p.m. 

Respecting Choices:  Advance Care Planning
Tuesday, July 22, 6 - 8 p.m. 
Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. through Sunday, July 27 10 a.m.
McLoughlin Middle School (5802 MacArthur Blvd). 
Call 360-514-3127 to join our team!

Childbirth and Parenting Classes
Various classes, dates and times.
HeartCheck 360:  Screening Clinic
No physician referral required; $209
Call to schedule an appointment:  360-514-7755
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