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Women’s Health Night Oct. 26 at E’town hospital

October 13, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

ELIZABETHTOWN - Elizabethtown Community Hospital is hosting Women's Health Night from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 in its lobby and boardroom areas.

This free event is hosted by both the hospital auxiliary and radiology department. It is open to the public and includes speakers, osteoporosis screening, health-related information, body mass index assessment, and blood pressure check. The hospital's dietician and diabetes educator will be on-hand to answer questions about portion control, proper nutrient balance and healthy eating habits for women.

Women who are eligible for a mammogram are encouraged to make an appointment to have their mammogram during the event, provided that they have a physician's order. Clinical breast exams will also be performed by a physician assistant; it's a great opportunity for participants to ask questions about performing the exam at home.

The night's featured speaker, Gynecologist Lynne Macco will be offering information about new health screening recommendations. Recently, there has been confusion in regard to the recommended frequency of mammograms and annual checkups. Dr. Macco will explain the various opinions and offer her advice, so that women will have a clear understanding of what's best for their particular situation. She will also offer information about acupuncture as a treatment option for a number of issues including migraine, pelvic pain, incontinence, eczema, and more.

According to Dr. Rob DeMuro, medical director at Elizabethtown Community Hospital, it's vitally important that women are proactive when it comes to scheduling annual checkups and mammograms. It's equally important to monitor weight gain, avoid smoking and act quickly if issues do arise. "We know that so many conditions can be avoided by monitoring a woman's basic health status and by receiving annual screening tests such as mammograms," he said. "If particular conditions are detected early, many times they are treatable. This event arms participants with knowledge needed to make important decisions about their well-being."

Five-minute chair massage will be available, courtesy of LiveWell in Essex. The Cancer Screening Program of Clinton, Essex, Franklin counties will be on-hand, along with the Essex County Public Health department, to offer additional health-and-wellness information.

Call the hospital's community relations office for additional information at 873-3003.



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