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BronsonSenior Times - April 2019Page 7LEARNCLASSES AND EVENTSTreatment Options for Back PainThursday April 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Kool Family Community Center200 W. Michigan Ave., Battle CreekJoin Peter Lapen, DO, of Bronson Neuroscience Center, to learn about causes of and treatment options for back pain. Register at or call (269) 441-0948.Free Vein ScreeningFriday, April 12, 9 to 11:30 a.m.Bronson Vein Clinic, 363 Fremont St., Suite 101, Battle Creek Free. Appointments are required. If you have medical or cosmetic vein problems, get a free screening today! Find details at or call (269) 341-7333.23rd Annual Sexual Assault Services Recognition DinnerWednesday, April 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Battle Creek Country Club318 Country Club Drive, Battle Creek$25. Featuring keynote speaker Sterling Riethman, this event recognizes the important work of volunteers and community supporters. Tickets include a dinner and awards ceremony. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Learn more at or call (269) 341-6447.11th Annual Cancer Care Spring FlingFriday, May 10, 6 to 10 p.m.FireKeepers Casino Hotel, 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek Join us for a gala in support of those battling cancer in our communities. Tickets are $75 and include hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, live music, silent auction and ra e for a two-year lease on a 2019 Toyota Camry SE. Learn more and purchase tickets at ing.SUPPORT GROUPSGeneral Cancer Support GroupTuesday, April 16, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, conference room 300 North Ave., Battle CreekHeart to Heart Support GroupWednesday, April 17, 12 to 1 p.m. Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Center 300 North Ave., Battle CreekStroke Survivor Support GroupThursday, April 18, 1 to 2 p.m. Battle Creek Family YMCA182 Capital Ave. NE, Battle CreekOne Day at a Time: Breast Cancer Support GroupThursday, April 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m.Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, lobby 300 North Ave., Battle CreekSupport groups are free to attend. Learn more at Find a workout partner.Additional services are also available at Bronson Oncology & Hematology Specialists in Marshall. To learn more about the exceptional cancer care you’ll receive at Bronson, visit bronsonhealth. com/cancer.BATTLE CREEKBy: Dr. Joseph Burkhardt, Bronson Orthopedic SpecialistsFIVE HEALTHY HABITS TO LOWER YOUR CANCER RISKThe National Cancer Institute says about one third of Americans will develop cancer during their lifetime. Although there is no way to completely prevent cancer, there are healthy life- style choices you can make to lower your risk.Tobacco is the single leading cause of cancer. If you use tobacco products or are in regular contact with second- hand smoke, you are at risk of develop- ing various types of cancer, especially lung cancer. This includes e-cigarettes! Although e-cigarettes (also knownas vaping) don’t involve inhaling of smoke, like traditional cigarettes, they still emit vaporized nicotine. For a long and healthy life, quitting tobacco prod- ucts is important.Staying active has major health benefits. All adults should aim for at least 150 minutes a week of moderately intense exercise or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. And work- ing out with a friend has been shownto provide accountability and help you get your workouts in more regularly. So connect with a friend, family member or pet and start moving – everyone bene- fits!Skin cancer is one of the most pre- ventable forms of cancer. To minimize your risk, avoid tanning beds, wear sun- screen with SPF 30 or above, and stay inside when the sun is the strongest.AL’S STORY1. Quit smoking and using tobacco.(ACoS) (since 1995)• The Joint Commission with its GoldCancer Care Close to HomeBronson offers a full range of cancer services. Whether you have been recent- ly diagnosed or are undergoing chemo or radiation, your care is never far away. The Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, located within Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, is accredited by:• The Commission of Cancer (CoC)of the American College of SurgeonsSeal of ApprovalTMComprehensive Cancer Services3. Stay out of the sun.4. Lower your body mass index.In 2018, rapid weight loss triggered Al to see his doctor. After running a series of tests and scans, Al was given the news that he had lung cancer. “I asked my doctor if I should go to the University of Michigan or Cleveland Clinic. He strongly suggested that I should come to Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, and I’m so glad I did.”Experts suggest adults maintain a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 27.5. One way to lower your BMI is to eat more fruits and vegetables, and cut back on foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat. Try placing fruits and vegetables where they are visible and easy to reach. Need some accountabili- ty? Try tracking what you eat. Research shows that simply writing down what you eat helps you make better choices.Having a doctor (primary care pro- vider) you regularly see can be a big plus when it comes to managing your health. Also, you should conduct month- ly self-exams to look for changes. Both can increase your chance of catching cancer early and stopping it in its tracks. If you’re looking for a doctor, call (269) 341-7788 or visit find-a-doctor.With the care, compassion, and expertise from the team at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, Al is back to living life to the fullest. Read his full Positivity story, and more stories about the exceptional care at Bronson, at Have regular medical check-ups.Again, while you can’t prevent cancer, you can make healthy choices and stay on top of your medical care, ultimately lowering your risk of devel- oping cancer. Plus, if you do develop cancer, finding it early can significantly increase your survival rate.Dr. Timothy Cox is a medical oncolo- gist at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center. The Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center is recognized by the Joint Commission with the Gold Seal of Approval. This recognition means that it meets national standards for quality of care, so you can trust you’re getting the best possible cancer care. Call (269) 245-8660 to sched-ule an appointment in Battle Creek or Marshall.• Prevention and survivorship programs. • Support groups.• Clinical trials and research.• Robotic surgery using the da Vinci®Surgical System.• Support services like social workers,nutrition counselors, transportation, pain-management, advanced illness management, and financial counseling.Bronson Cancer Care Center

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