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FOR Calhoun County
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 Established Bad Check Program
 Established Cold Case Homicide Unit
 Established Economics Crime Unit
 Initiated a Canine Support Program
 Changed & Reduced Felony Plea Bargaining
 Advocated for Alternative Courts Including:
 Veteran’s Court
 Mental Health Court  Scram Program
 Advocated for continuation of Sobriety & Drug Court
 Remained under budget every year while increasing programs
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Dr. Timothy Cox & Dr. William Spencer
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Timothy Cox, medical oncologist at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, along with Dr. William Spencer, urologist at Bronson Urology Specialists, offer the following education and advice on early detection to help you lower your chanc- es of developing the disease.
obesity is linked to several types of cancer, including prostate cancer, you should:
• Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
What is prostate cancer? Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that devel- ops in the male prostate. The prostate is a small gland in men that sits below the bladder, just in front of the rectum. It plays an important role in the male reproductive system.
supplement. (A 2008 study from the National Institutes of Health found that men who do so have a lower risk of advanced prostate cancer than those who do not.)
• Reduce your daily fat intake.
• Cut back on red meat.
• Limit your carb intake.
• Exercise regularly and maintain a
healthy weight.
• Drink green tea or take a green tea
 Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer for men (fol- lowing skin cancer). Around one in nine men will be diagnosed with the disease in his lifetime.
Keep your prostate healthy. If you experience prostate issues and your doctor recommends that you see a spe- cialist, Bronson urology services are available across southwest Michigan. Bronson has offices in Coldwater, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Paw Paw.
 What are some risk factors? Some factors that can increase your risk of prostate cancer include:
• Age: As with other prostate issues,
If you receive a prostate cancer diagnosis, experts at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center are highly experienced in treating this disease. They are accredited by the Commission on Cancer and have been recognized nationally for patient safety. Ask your primary care provider for a referral.
your risk increases as you reach age
• Family history: If you have two or
Finishing A Year Of Infusion Treatment During Coronavirus
Photo of Brian Roy and oncologist, Dr. Niyati Bhagwati, taken in January 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Bronson Battle Creek is close to home, and they have the technology and ability to treat my cancer just as well – if not better – than the other facilities I looked at. I felt confident coming here for my radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy when I began my treat- ment a few years ago, and I continued to feel safe during my final few months of treatment despite being in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.”
Free prostate exams are available on Tuesday, September 22, 5-7pm at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center. Space is limited. Registration is required. To learn more or to register, visit and search for “Prostate.”
more immediate family members who
have or had prostate cancer.
• Ethnicity: Men of African American,
 Hispanic, Native American, or
Scandinavian decent.
• Diet and lifestyle: Similar to other can-
cers, obesity is linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer.
How often should men be screened? According to the American Cancer Society, men at an average risk should get a prostate screening starting at age 50. Those at a higher risk should start as early as age 40. Depending on risk and previous test results, most men should be re-screened every year or every other year.
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   What are signs of prostate can- cer? The symptoms of prostate cancer are similar to those of other prostate issues. This is why it is important to have concerns checked out by a doctor right away. Some things to look out for include:
• Frequent urination
• Difficulty urinating, including a weak
or interrupted urine flow
• Pain or burning during urination
• Blood in the urine
• Bloody semen
• Pain or stiffness in the lower back,
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hips, upper thighs, pelvis, or rectal area How can I reduce my risk? Although
there is no proven way to avoid develop- ing prostate cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Since
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