From a medical point of view, we spoke with Dr. Julie Margenthaler, a Washington University breast health specialist and surgeon, about the topic of removing healthy breast tissue in order to reduce or eradicate breast cancer risk.
Sara Tenenbein’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37. That alone was a red flag for Tenenbein, a writer and blogger. After discovering that she carries an inherited mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which is linked to increased risk of ovarian and breast cancers, Tenenbein opted for a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction in order to reduce her breast cancer risk. She also revamped her lifestyle to support ongoing health and wellness.
Moneta Group welcomes communications manager EMILY BARLEAN to its team. Barlean’s work history includes working as senior corporate communications specialist and social media manger at Concordia Publishing House.
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
YOLANDA ROUSSEAU has joined accounting and advisory firm Abeles and Hoffman, P.C., as an audit associate. She will provide comprehensive audit, review and compilation services across a range of industries.
Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger cut the ribbon at the debut of Clayton Early Childhood Center’s new classroom and indoor play space. Board president Cason Coplin, board secretary Natalie Cox and executive director Gina Siebe also joined the ceremony. The Center’s capital campaign project, recent trivia nights and private donors funded the project. Pictured: Gine Siebe, Natalie Cox, Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, Cason Coplin
Ovarian Cancer Awareness
St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness recently hosted a fund & awareness raising event, Painting with a Purpose’ at the Creve Coeur location of Painting with a Twist. The event welcomed a capacity crowd for wine and hors d’oeuvres while they created a still-life painting of Four Vases.
CITY ACADEMY received a $1 million gift from the Crawford Taylor Foundation for endowment. The gift supports the school’s efforts to offer an expanded Early Childhood Program. With the help of this grant, plans to expand to a total of 175 students by 2014 are in place. Pictured: D’Niya Ammons, Chantell Johnson and Chontell Johnson of City Academy's new Early Childhood Program.
ST. LOUIS OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS
Beth Hudson and her sister, Sue, loved to do things together. But they never expected that they would sit side-by-side as chemotherapy dripped into their veins, both fighting ovarian cancer.
Contraception has become a contentious political issue this year, with the debate bringing the topic into the spotlight and onto the lips of politicians and pundits. But physicians prescribe hormonal contraception, most commonly administered as birth control pills, for many reasons other than just pregnancy prevention.
A packed house of family, friends and fans celebrated new Cardinals manager MIKE MATHENY at a lively party last week at Mike Shannon’s downtown. Matheny addressed the crowd, saying that he’s fortunate to have the “best job on the planet,” but that it all “hasn’t sunk in yet.” As Matheny wrapped up his speech, host MIKE SHANNON whispered into his ear, reminding him to thank the most important person in the room: Mrs. Matheny. The new manager immediately acknowledged his oversight, sheepishly telling the crowd. “Mike Shannon just taught me lesson No. 1.”
The risk of many diseases increases as we age, and ovarian cancer is no different. Although there are stories of younger women being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it is most typically found in women in their late 50s or older.
Intestinal disorders can derail lives. As with any condition, problems with the gastrointestinal (GI) tract should be handled sooner than later to prevent them from becoming chronic and harder to treat. Dr. Fred Williams with Gateway Gastroenterology says when someone comes in with a GI complaint, an accurate diagnosis is critical. “If someone has difficulty swallowing, we have to rule out a tumor and then get at the cause because if it’s not corrected, food can get stuck,” he says. “Long-standing heartburn can lead to Barrett’s Esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition that must be monitored; but any cause of heartburn should be treated. We’ve seen a rise in heartburn mirroring the rise in obesity.”
It’s hard to believe that robots can do a better job of operating on us than surgeons. And while a robot needs a skilled surgeon driving it, the robotic approach is gaining more kudos for difficult cases.
Media coverage of the preliminary results of an ovarian cancer study raised hopes that a reliable screening test is just around the corner. That doesn’t seem to be the case. There is an urgent need for early screening because 70 percent of women have advanced disease that has gone beyond the ovaries when it is diagnosed, resulting in 15,000 deaths a year.