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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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Pinellas residents can protect themselves from the seasonal flu with one of the vaccines now available at the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County and many community clinics in the Tampa Bay area.

To find the nearest flu vaccine provider, visit flushot.healthmap.org to search by city or ZIP Code.

In addition to the usual vaccine, other versions available this season include a high-dose immunization recommended for adults older than 65; an intradermal vaccine delivered with a very small, barely-felt needle and one administered in the nostrils as a mist without the need for a needle.
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The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County was awarded a federal grant of $2.6 million over three years to combat chronic diseases in communities throughout Pinellas County.

Areas that have more than 30 percent of residents with incomes below the Federal Poverty Level and more than a quarter of adults older than 25 without a high school education will be the main focus as well as areas that are also located in or near "food desserts" with low access to healthy, affordable food stores.

The Partnerships to Improve Community Health awards are part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control health care spending.
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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, October 1
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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• Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon and Fundraiser
CLEARWATER – The public is invited to the Island Estates Woman’s Club annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon and Fundraiser, Pink is Beautiful. Proceeds benefit the Pinellas Mammography Voucher Program for local women who cannot afford mammograms.

The event is set for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Island Way Grill, 20 Island Way. Cost is $22 with a choice of fillet mignon, chicken Rockefeller or fresh catch.

For reservations, call Barbara Blakley at 449-8453. There will be raffles, a silent auction, a 50/50 cash drawing, pink ribbon gift tree, and more.
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Bridge of Blood
CLEARWATER – Clearwater Christian College will present “Bridge of Blood,” by David H. Robey, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., on the school’s campus at 3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd.

This will be a reader's theater presentation of the life of missionary-martyr Jim Elliot who, along with Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, and Roger Youderian, paid the ultimate price to reach a tribe deep in the jungles of Equador with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students, military and alumni. For tickets, call 726-1153, ext. 268.
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Genealogy course
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Library will present a genealogy course for beginners and intermediate level beginning Tuesday, Sept. 16 through Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The six-week series will teach a wealth of search tools including how to get started working with forms, software, census records, plus how to search by name and locale.

Registration is required. There is a non-refundable materials charge of $20.

For details, email, suncoastpresident@gmail.com.
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Herbal Rituals
CLEARWATER – The Florida Herb Society will present Herbal Rituals on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane.

Kim from Enchanted Earth in Dunedin will be bringing a guest to speak about using herbs in ritual. Come and learn about the ancient traditions of smudging and blessings using herbs and intentions. Attendees are welcome to bring cuttings, seeds and plants to share, and partake at a tasting table.

For information, call 542-6401.
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Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. 

On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations. 

Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
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MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.  

The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.

To help, contact Karena Morrison at 518-4659.
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READ Pinellas community meeting
CLEARWATER – READ Pinellas Inc. is holding a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m., at Pinellas Technical College Clearwater Campus, 6100 154th Ave. N. in the GED testing center, building 16.

More than 80,000 adults in Pinellas County lack basic reading skills, and the meeting is a chance to learn about adult literacy resources in the community and how to make a difference.  

Call Patti at 393-5447.
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Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting
SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St.

This personal development program is ideal for supervisors and other leaders, or those aspiring to learn vital leadership and communication skills.

Contact Dennis Hamel at 374-2612 or visit seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org for more information.
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SPC Job Fair
SEMINOLE – St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus will host its Fall 2014 Job Fair Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the conference center located next to the library.

There also will be a “Ready Room,” where SPC students and alumni can brush up on networking skills, make a last-minute appearance check, conduct Internet research on employers attending, and print their résumé.  

For more information, call Lynne Wolf at 394-6034 or email her at wolf.lynne@spcollege.edu. Visit www.spcollege.edu /careerservices.
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Tampa Bay Women Speakers Toastmasters Club meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Tampa Bay Women Speakers Toastmasters Club 1427169 meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at The Centre of Palm Harbor, Room A, 1500 16th St., 7 to 8:30 p.m. The upcoming meetings are Dec. 3 and 17.  

People must be at least 18 years old to join. Contact Lisa Seward at 485-5870 or visit tampabaywomen.toastmastersclub.org.  

The group also has a social meeting every second and fourth Tuesday of the of the month at Sea Dogs Brewing Company, 26200 U.S. 19, Clearwater in a private room at 6:30 p.m. Come and mingle, socialize and eat dinner with fellow Toastmasters members and guests. The meeting is 7 to 8:30 p.m. The group will meet Dec. 10 only because the fourth Tuesday is Christmas Eve.
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