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Breast Cancer: 1 in 8, but good news, too

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Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. About one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, with three out of four developing it after age 50.

But the good news is that death rates from this disease have been declining due to better treatment, and today there are nearly three million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

Walk to Break the Silence 5K

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Do you want to raise awareness about domestic violence? Do you want to make sure that victims get the help and support they need? Then you need to walk the walk!

“Walk to Break the Silence,” is the 4th annual fundraising walk and rally benefiting Voices Against Violence. The event will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:00 AM ‐ Noon, at the Downtown Framingham Common with special guests U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Honorary Chair and former Middlesex D.A. Gerry Leone.

Can you see clearly now?

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For those of us getting older, perhaps not so much. Vision can deteriorate as we age (reading glasses, anyone?), and eye disorders become more common as we get older as well. Just four conditions, in fact, affect nearly 37 million adults over 40 in the U.S.

17th Annual UMass Medicine 5K Cancer Walk and Run

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Registration is now open for our UMass Medicine Cancer Walk & 5K Run taking place on September 27. Run registration is 7:00 AM and run start is 8:00 AM. Walk registration is 8:00 AM and Walk Start is 10:00 AM. The event will be held at UMass Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester. People can register or donate by visiting our website.

Guns and Public Health

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The medical field of public health typically takes in a variety of topics affecting large populations, such as infectious disease, environmental hazards, or sexually transmitted diseases. Now, say physicians, you can add guns, or more specifically, gun safety, to the list of subjects.

The Other Side of Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease is a cruel affliction, robbing individuals of memory, motor activity, and the ability to plan and organize. Children, families, and friends become strangers; a longtime home turns into an uncomfortable, odd environment.

The disease currently affects more than five million Americans, but the number of patients with the condition is rapidly increasing with an aging population. Estimates are that by 2025, two million more seniors 65 and older will be afflicted, raising the total to more than seven million.

Diabetes: Persistent Epidemic

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The term “epidemic” is usually applied to the spread of infectious disease, but judging by the numbers of patients affected, you can certainly add diabetes to the list. The incidence of this chronic disease has tripled in the U.S. since 1980 and now affects nearly 21 million adults 18 and older.

Chair Yoga at the Hopkinton Senior Center

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The Hopkinton Senior Center will hold a Chair Yoga Demo Class on Monday, May 4 at 9:00 AM. Regular classes start on May 11 and take place on Monday mornings at 9:00 AM. Each class is $5 and you pay by the month. Sign up at the Front Desk of the Senior Center.

My Life, My Health: Self-Management

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The Hopkinton Senior Center will host a free workshop called My Life, My Health: Self-Management. This is for people 18 and older with long-term medical conditions and takes place on April 29, May 6, May 20, May 27, June 3 and June 10 from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM. You will learn disease related problem-solving, ways to deal with pain and stress, and more! Call Marlene Troupes or Joyce Raum at 508-497-9730 to register. You must attend 4 out of 6 sessions to be a full participant.

The Causes of Cancer

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“You have cancer” are three words no patient ever wants to hear. The disease, however, is a common one. It is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., surpassed only by heart disease, and claims nearly 600,000 lives every year. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million new cases will be diagnosed this year.

Public surveys show that many people not only lack understanding of what causes cancer, but also have many misperceptions about how the disease develops.

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