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SEMINOLE - The American Cancer Society estimates there will be about 232,570 new cases of invasive breast cancer in the United States by the end of 2014.

Additionally, there will have been 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ of the breast, which is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer. And, unfortunately, there will have been about 40,000 deaths from breast cancer.

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women in the United States, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, only behind lung cancer. Fortunately, the American Cancer Society says that breast cancer’s death rates are going down, partially due to finding cancer earlier and having better treatments available. Currently, the chance of a woman developing invasive breast cancer in her lifetime is about 1 in 8, and the chance of dying from it is about 1 in 36. There are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the country, and there is constantly new research being done and even better treatments being developed.

When breast cancer is detected early on, it has a high survival rate, so health officials urge women to take control of their health and get regular mammograms.
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ST. PETERSBURG - All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine will receive a $5.6 million grant for the St. Petersburg Healthy Start Federal Project as part of a collaborative effort with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.

The grant-funded program, sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services, is designed to improve health outcomes for women, infants and families in underserved populations, as well as reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and facilitate access to comprehensive health and social services.

“All Children’s Hospital is dedicated to improving birth and early childhood outcomes through the Healthy Start program,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., in a press release. Ellen is president and physician in chief at All Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics and vice dean, All Children’s Hospital at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Healthy Start allows for increased coordination and access to care at the community level, ultimately leading to positive changes in these targeted areas of Pinellas County.”
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SAFETY HARBOR - Mease Countryside Hospital recently completed the first phase of its proposed master facility plan with the construction of its new Central Utilities Plant.

“Our central utilities plant is really the nerve center of Mease Countryside Hospital and houses new and upgraded equipment essential to running the hospital and caring for our patients,” said Lou Galdieri in a press release. Galdieri is president of Mease Countryside Hospital.

Located on the south side of the hospital, the central utilities plant contains the hospital’s new emergency power generators, climate control, a state-of-the-art control room and other important equipment.
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ST. PETERSBURG - The Nursing Excellence Award was recently awarded to four deserving nurses at St. Petersburg General Hospital.

The second quarter Nursing Excellence Award was presented to Eric Sorensen, RN from 1 East; Jackie Swedeen, RN from ICU; Casey Russel, RN from Women’s Services; and Eugene Thomas, LPN from the Emergency Department.

Sorensen was praised for having “a great attitude and a kind smile.” According to a press release, he is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to his patients in a relaxed and comfortable manner.
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Tuesday, September 24
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The possibility of getting breast cancer increases as women age. But for some, the threat begins before they are born.

Genes passed on from our parents determine the color of our hair and eyes and our height. They also play a part in our risk for certain health problems, such as breast cancer.

“Women with a BRCA gene mutation are seven times more likely to get breast cancer and 30 times more likely to get ovarian cancer before age 70 than other women,” according to health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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LARGO - Mastectomy patients have more to deal with than the loss of one or both breasts.

The operation is significant trauma to the body in many ways. So following surgery, there is a period of having to get back in shape.

Cathy Lasky is a breast cancer survivor and said following her double mastectomy she had to do something to get her life back the way it was before the surgery.

“My range of motion was greatly reduced,” she said. “I couldn’t lift my arms over my head. It precipitated the need for me to go to the Y to get back in shape.”
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Since its inception in 1985, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues. Over the years, as the national dialogue about breast cancer has evolved, NBCAM has continually improved its ability get its message across to the widest possible audience and enhanced the impact in the community.

At the same time, NBCAM recognizes that although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished.
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SEMINOLE - My Hope Chest recently received a Duke Community Grant for $2,000 to further its mission of funding breast reconstruction for uninsured and under-insured breast cancer survivors.

“My Hope Chest focuses on happiness and new beginnings,” said Alisa Savoretti in a press release. Savoretti is a breast cancer survivor and founder of My Hope Chest. “Our program serves a unique mission in breast cancer, restoring a woman in body, mind and spirit after the disease. We are grateful for the support of the Duke Community Grant program and their vision to support a grassroots effort. Our services “pick-up” where other organizations leave off provide the final step in breast cancer treatment. We create butterflies and transform lives and are hopeful to see the awareness of our work grow to help more breast cancer survivors in our community.”

Founded in 2003, My Hope Chest is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Seminole. Visit www.MyHopeChest.org.
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The Florida Department of Health invites local governments across the state to complete a nomination as part of the Healthy Weight Community Champion recognition program.

The program highlights local government efforts to increase physical activity and improve nutrition as part of State Surgeon General John A. Armstrong, MD's Healthiest Weight Florida initiative, a public-private collaboration to help Florida's children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living.

This is the second year of the recognition program.
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Wednesday, September 11
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PALM HARBOR - Giving back just seems to come naturally to some people. In August, Dr. Oscar Menendez of Comprehensive Dental Care in Palm Harbor was recognized as one of those people.

The Florida Academy of General Dentistry awarded Menendez with the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his numerous charitable and civic involvements within the community.

Founded in 1952, the Florida Academy of General Dentistry is one of the most active state academies in the nation. The nonprofit organization selects from its 1,600 Florida members to annually bestow the Humanitarian Award to an individual who generously volunteers his or her service to the community. In addition, the award recipient must show a consistent commitment to enhance the image of general dentistry through the continuous delivery of quality dental care and through consistent leadership in areas of civic involvement.
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• Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Countryside Library book club meeting
CLEARWATER – The Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, is continuing its popular book club that meets the third Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. Titles for the monthly sessions are as follows:

• Feb. 20 – The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott

• March 20 – Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

• April 17 – The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian

• May 15 – Still Foolin‘ ’Em, by Billy Crystal

• June 19 – The Ghost of Hannah Mendes, by Naomi Ragen

• July 17 – My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor

• Aug. 21 – Breakfast at Sally’s, by Richard Le Mieux

• Sept. 18 – Making Rounds with Oscar, by David Dosam

• Oct. 16 – The Story of Beautiful Girl, by Rachel Simon

• Nov. 20 – Luna, by Julie Anne Peters

• Dec. 18 – My Life with Charlie Brown, by Charles Shultz  

Call 562-4970 or visit www.myclearwater.com /cpl.
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Garden tour
LARGO – Vegetable, herb a tropicals tours will be offered Thursdays, Oct. 2 and 23, 9 to 11 a.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road.

Participants will explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration areas in the Florida Botanical Gardens and learn about growing their own food. Tours are limited to groups of four to 16 people and recommended for adults only.

Tours are free but registration is required. Call 582-2100. Visit tinyurl.com /k78n7vq.
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Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall. The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project. For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
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Les Mills Body Pump Launch
LARGO – The Les Mills Body Pump Launch will be Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. Join the new release of body pump moves and music. The free event includes a raffle, prizes and bottled water. Call 518-3016.
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Safety Harbor history presentation
SAFETY HARBOR – Local history researchers, Warren Firschein and Laura Kepner, will present a presentation regarding significant events of 20th century Safety Harbor on Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.

Fifth years ago, in 1964, William Blackshear was elected as a Safety Harbor City Commissioner and is believed to be the first African-American to hold public office in all of Florida since the end of Reconstruction. Learn about his experience and many other significant events that happened in that century.

Call 724-1525, ext. 4112.
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St. Petersburg College candidates debate
SEMINOLE – To help citizens go to the polls as informed voters, St. Petersburg College is presenting a debate for local candidates seeking public office in the Nov. 4 general election.

The debate, sponsored by SPC’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions and co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Digitorium of the Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N.

Admission is free, but advance registration is requested at solutions.spcollege.edu.

Facing off will be candidates for Pinellas County Commission from Districts 2 and 4, and candidates for the eight most highly contested seats in the state Legislature. Also up for debate will be two proposed amendments to the State Constitution.

A distinguished panel of experts will question the candidates and provide background on the issues.

The debates will be split into three one-hour sessions, with the first two combining state legislative races whose district borders are relatively contiguous, for the convenience of voters interested in their home district candidates. A brief discussion of the two constitutional amendments will precede the candidate debates.

The schedule is: 5:30-6 p.m.: Constitutional Amendments 1 and 2 • 6-7 p.m.: House Districts 65, 66 and 67; 7-8 p.m.: Senate District 22, House Districts 68 and 69; 8-9 p.m.: County Commission Districts 2 and 4.  

For further information, call 394-6942.
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Treasure Islettes bingo games
TREASURE ISLAND – The Treasure Islettes conduct bingo games every Thursday evening at the Treasure Island Community Center on 106th Avenue.

Early bird games begin at 6:45 p.m. and regular games at 7:45 p.m. The games benefit fundraising efforts for local scholarships.

Amenities include a snack bar, free coffee and cash prizes. No alcohol is allowed and persons under 18 will not be admitted.
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• Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Belleair Women’s Republican Club meeting
BELLEAIR – Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, will speak at the next meeting of The Belleair Women’s Republican Club at the Belleair Country Club, 1 County Club Lane, Friday, Oct. 3.

Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The cost is $25. For reservations please call Claudia Thomas at 470-9849 or 813-361-4345 or email at claudiathomas@tampabay.rr.com, this is a new contact for one month only. People who expect to attend also can contact Sherrie Morton at sherriemorton@tampabay.rr.com.

Pay at the door with a check or cash.bNocredit cards.
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Movie at Oldsmar library
OLDSMAR – The Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E., will present a recently released movie and free popcorn Friday, Oct. 3, 1 to 3 p.m., in TECO Hall. Admission is free. For the title of the movie, call 813-749-1148.
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North Pinellas Community Prayer Breakfast
PALM HARBOR – The North Pinellas Community Prayer Breakfast will be presented Friday, Oct. 3, 7:30 a.m., at Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, 36750 U.S. 19 N.  

Admission is $25 a person and $200 per table. Call 940-5357.

This will be a morning of prayer to bring about awareness to the issues of poverty, hunger and homelessness in North Pinellas.

Proceeds from The Shepherd Center Prayer Breakfast will support the organization’s mission to feed the hungry, clothe the poor and equip the least among us by providing opportunities and a place for all to give and receive hope.
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