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Flu Shots & Cancer

By: Kelly Hendershot The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu shot every season. It’s further advised flu shots should be received at the start of the flu season, typically in October. However, maybe you’re a cancer patient/survivor and heard conflicting information regarding if…

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Community Spotlight: Johnson County Sun-Safety Initiative

Written by: Leah Laageide (Carver College of Medicine, 2020) and Emily Weig, MD The summer season may have passed, but sun-safety is still important! Here at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) Department of Dermatology, we’re taking an active role to generate sun-safety awareness and promote the use of sunscreen year-round. Supported by…

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Stigma Surrounding Palliative Care & Hospice

By: Kelly Hendershot My own personal shift in how I viewed hospice was on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 during the Family Group (a support group for caregivers of someone diagnosed with cancer) at Gilda’s Club Quad Cities. My friend Bill’s wife Karen had died the previous weekend. Bill was relaying to the group that when…

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The 2019 Great American Smokeout

Quitting smoking isn’t easy. It takes time. And a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one. Let the Great American Smokeout event on November 21, 2019 be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. You’ll be joining thousands of people who smoke across the country…

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Iowa Army of Pink: How dense are you?

Written by: Brigid Greening How dense are you? That is a very important question that every woman needs to be able to answer regarding her breast tissue. My Story: On September 8, 2016, I did a self-breast exam. I did not do them consistently and was surprised to feel a lump on the outside of…

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September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

By: Jodie Kavensky, NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Hopefully my words will resonate with someone who is or has been impacted by this disease. My life’s mission is to  empower women to be vigilant self-advocates for their own health. I’m not a cancer survivor, but as a caregiver and pre-vivor,…

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5 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss the 2019 Iowa Cancer Summit

By: Tessa Allred, Iowa Cancer Consortium Did you know the 2019 Iowa Cancer Summit is only 53 days away? Believe us, it snuck up on us too! As summer is winding down, Consortium staff have been busy preparing an agenda sure to educate and inspire cancer control work in Iowa. Each year, the Summit draws…

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Welcome Ashley Ezzio to the Care for Yourself (CFY) Program

Originally written by: Ellen Maahs, MPH, CPH Implementation Coordinator Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Iowa Department of Public Health Minor edits made by: Rachel Schramm, MS, CHES Communications and Outreach Coordinator Iowa Cancer Consortium The Iowa Department of Public Health announced a new staff member has been added to the Care for Yourself…

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Iowa Cancer Summit: 2019 Call for Speakers/Topics

Written by: Rachel Schramm Communications and Outreach Coordinator Iowa Cancer Consortium The Iowa Cancer Consortium will host the annual Iowa Cancer Summit on September 24, 2019 in Ankeny, Iowa. The Summit brings together professionals and advocates from all disciplines and corners of the state to discuss and learn more about the burden of cancer in…

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