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How do you stay healthy during the summer? Is your secret exercise, eating right, relaxation, a combination of all three or something else? WellSpan employees share what they enjoy most about summer and how they personally make healthy choices.

Local fruits and vegetables are plentiful this time of year in farm markets, supermarkets and our backyard gardens. So what can you do with the abundance of all that fresh produce? This question was presented to the nurses and staff who serve the patients of PinnacleHealth’s Medical Outpatient Unit.

Cancer news in brief for the week of July 9th

The world's fastest camera, developed by UCLA engineers, is being used to detect rogue cancer cells.

A National Institute of Health funded study published last week reported that research showed a low-carb diet, that emphasized fish, chicken, beef and some fruits and vegetables while avoiding pasta, bread, and potatoes, resulted in about 300 fewer calories than low-fat and Mediterranean type diets.  Is it the final word on how to lose or maintain weight?

One day out of the entire year is your day. On this day, you can get away with (almost) anything. Everyone is super nice to you on this day because it is your birthday. However that perfect present or the cake may mean more to some than others, especially the people who are fighting to get to that next birthday. For these people, birthdays are doubly special because of the long hard journey that they have encountered during their cancer battle.

Louise Sukle is the chair of this year’s American Cancer Society Farm to Table Dinner, an open air dining experience based on ingredients sourced directly from local farms and farmers' markets in Central PA.

We have all heard the startling numbers. Two thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese.

“I don’t need to go to the doctor.  I’m fine.”  Isn’t that the script we often hear from men about our health and our need for medical services?  And, this is the first hurdle to overcome when talking about men’s health issues.

Why is it important to have a conversation about minorities and cancer?   Dr. Oralia Dominic of Penn State Hershey College of Medicine says, “When you hear the word ‘cancer,’ you associate it with a death sentence. 20 or 30 years ago, there wasn’t a lot of hope. But today, in 2012, we are more advanced in what we know and the tools that are available to detect and, treat and prevent the disease.  My hopes for this conversation are that individuals are inspired and encouraged to take action and take control of their health.“

Cancer News May 23, 2012

New lung cancer screening guidelines now recommend annual scans but only for an older group (aged 55 to 74) of current or former heavy smokers.  As the risks of screening younger or older smokers or nonsmokers outweigh any benefits.

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A message from the Facing Cancer Together team: We invite you to join us in this community partnership. Share. Connect. Learn. No matter how cancer has affected you, our multimedia tools can help you gain confidence in your choices. In the coming months, this site will evolve with your participation. Meet the team!

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