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Yolanda Barco Oncology Tour: June 18

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Cancer Center Tour 2014 flyer

April: Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, April 11th, 2014

April TT Cancer 

Testicular cancer is one of the most treatable, especially if caught early.  If caught at an early stage, before it has spread, the survival rate is almost 100% but if caught at a late stage the rate drops to 80%.

Testicular cancer can develop in one or both testicles.  Most tumors are metastatic, meaning they have the ability to spread to other organs, such as the lymph system, lungs and brain, leading to serious illness or death.  Testicular cancer is rare, accounting for about 1% of all male cancers.  However, testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men ages 15-35.

Men themselves, not doctors, find most testicular cancers as a painless lump or an enlargement or hardening of the testicle, this is why regular self-exams are so important.  If you do notice any lumps or changes it is important to see a doctor immediately.  Many men with testicular cancer do not feel ill and many times there is no pain involved.

Go to the Testicular Cancer Society’s website for the:  3 Step Testicular Self Exam.

Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, March 7th, 2014


Colon cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer death in both men and women and that is why March is dedicated to spreading the word about getting checked out.

The American Cancer Society recommends a colonoscopy every 10 years or a CT colonography every five.

For adults over the age of 50 it is extremely important to get screened. Early detection can lead to better odds of getting cured.  Colorectal cancer is the most treatable and preventable cancer we have, but 55,000 Americans a year are still dying from it.

It is the third most common cancer diagnosis in the country. As most colorectal symptoms go unnoticed it is extremely critical for people to get screened. The colonoscopy process is painless and the entire process usually takes between 20-30 minutes.

Ask your doctor if and when you should be screened!

Amy Przepiora, Breast Care Coordinator to Speak November 12

Friday, October 25th, 2013
Ladies of all ages…we will showcase a speaker Tuesday evening November 12th at 6:30 PM.
Amy Przepiora, RN, BSN, CBPN I-C, Breast Care Coordinator from the Woman’s Imaging Center of Meadville Medical Center (and parishoner of OLQA) will talk about her unique role as Nurse Navigator.  Amy will speak about providing education regarding breast health, self examination, and cancer; her follow up with women who have suspicious mammograms, and her assistance in the continuum of care from diagnosis to treatment. Amy works with primary care physicians, radiology, surgery, and oncology to streamline the care of women with breast disease.  The Nurse Navigator concept is new to healthcare and we are extremently fortunate to have Amy’s care and expertise in our community.  Thanks to Janice Corner (336-9185) & Tracy Chuey (382-3649) as they continue to fulfill their commitment to the Ribbons of Faith program.