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October 19, 2016

Halloween Safety

On October 31st, our streets will be invaded by goblins, princesses, celebrities, and comic book heroes and they will all be chanting the same mantra, “Trick or Treat!” For many, fall celebrations like Halloween or Harvest parties are a chance to dress up in costume, gather with friends, and eat delicious treats. Halloween night can also be a bit scary when it comes to safety. According to, only one-third of parents talk to their kids, annually about Halloween, although three-fourths report having Halloween safety fears. Those fears are warranted in that twice as many as child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year. That statistic may in part be due to lack of reflective tape and adult supervision. Only 18% of parents use reflective tape on their children’s costumes and 12% of children five years of age or younger are permitted to trick-or-treat alone. To combat these numbers and make Halloween as safe and fun as possible, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend the following safety tips: Walking and Traffic Safety Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the side as possible. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Cross the street as a group when possible. If older children are going alone, plan and review the route ahead of time. Agree on a specific time when they should return home. Consider providing the child with a cell phone. Review emergency procedures and how to dial 911. Put reflective tape on costumes and bags for easy visibility. Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat. Instruct children to only visit well-lit homes and never accept rides from strangers. Motorist Safety Drivers should slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Put away all cellular devices and turn down the radio. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. 2. Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curb. 3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. 4. At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing. Costume Safety Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping. Masks can block or limit eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup or hats instead. Buy only flame resistant costumes, wigs, and accessories. Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible. Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their supervisors. Do not use decorative contact lenses. Decorative contacts without a prescription are both dangerous and illegal. These lenses can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss. Home Safety Small children should never carve pumpkins. Little ones can draw a face with markers and parents can do the cutting. Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If using a candle, choose a votive and place pumpkins on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects. Never leave a lit pumpkin unattended. Check outdoor lighting prior to Halloween. Replace burned-out bulbs. Sweep sidewalks and steps to remove any wet leaves or snow. Keep your pets away from trick-or-treaters. Many little ones are fearful of animals and the animal may inadvertently jump on or bite a child. Tummy Safety Eat a good, well-balanced meal before heading out on the Halloween trail. This will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats. Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Tampering is rare; however, an adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped, homemade treats made by strangers, or suspicious items. Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween. Consider putting candy in the freezer and allotting a few pieces per day. For more information about Halloween safety tips, visit any of the following websites:, or the American Academy of Pediatrics Halloween safety page at Happy Halloween and be safe out there! Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

October 19, 2016

First “Night for Noyes” Raises $170,000 for New Cancer Center

Gunlocke Pledge of $75,000 Takes Cancer Center Capital Campaign over the Top Saunders Donation of $150,000 to Provide New State-of-the-Art Imaging Systems for Diagnostic Use The sold-out “Night for Noyes” at Nugget Hill Event Center in Wayland on Saturday night (October 15), hosted by the Noyes Health Foundation and Noyes Health Auxiliary, raised $175,000 for the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center, currently under construction on the UR Medicine / Noyes Health campus in Dansville. In addition to the funds raised that evening, Amy Pollard, CEO of UR Medicine / Noyes Health announced that the capital campaign for the cancer center surpassed its goal of $2.5 million with a $75,000 gift from Gunlocke. Gunlocke vice president Tim Costello was there to share the news of the company’s donation, saying “This represents Gunlocke’s on-going commitment to the health of our employees and this community.” In addition, businessman and philanthropist Phil Saunders told the sold-out crowd he and his wife Carol will make a $150,000 donation to UR Medicine / Noyes Health’s radiology department for a new digital radiology room and DXA bone scanner. “We are so grateful to everyone who made the ‘Night for Noyes,’ such a success” said Pollard, “and to all those who have given so generously to the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center capital campaign. We are blessed to be a part of a community that demonstrates over and over again that they value what we are doing to bring the best in cancer care and healthcare in general closer to home.” The $2.5 million capital campaign for the new cancer center began two years ago with a $2 million pledge from local philanthropists Ann and Carl Myers. When it opens early next year, the Cancer Center will provide patients in New York’s Genesee Valley, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier more convenient access to much-needed, comprehensive, state of-the-art cancer care. The project is a collaboration of UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute (Rochester), Noyes Health (Dansville) and Jones Memorial Hospital (Wellsville), and will serve as a hub for regional oncology services. The project includes a 4,500 square foot lower level addition which will house a radiation oncology clinic, and a 2,300 square foot medical oncology clinic featuring three exam rooms and seven chemotherapy/infusion chairs in renovated and new first-floor space. The regional cancer center will also provide patients with access to services including advanced diagnostic testing, clinical trials, outpatient palliative care, and Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program. Physicians at the cancer center and medical oncology clinic at Jones will have access to UR Medicine’s region-wide electronic medical record system and regular consultations with multidisciplinary teams focused on cancer. “Night for Noyes” featured ticket, silent and live auctions of a variety of items donated by area businesses, Auxiliary members and Noyes Health employees and volunteers. Dr. David Dougherty, director of UR Medicine / Wilmot Cancer Center’s regional cancer program, spoke about the services the area’s patients will access through the Cancer Center’s unique partnership. Cancer survivors Meghan Lowell and Katie Brice spoke eloquently about how the new cancer center will make it easier for cancer patients and their families to get the care they need without the stress they faced of traveling to Rochester and beyond for treatment. Auctioneer Kyle Tracy led the live auction for everything from suite tickets to Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres games to a ski weekend in Vermont, quarter sides of beef and more. “It was not just a night for Noyes,” said Jon Shay, Noyes Health Foundation, “it was a night that recognized everything this community does to come together and provide for our neighbors and friends who are facing illness of any kind. We can not be more grateful for the support.”... Read More

October 14, 2016

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT for “Night for Noyes” Event!

Noyes Health Foundation and Noyes Health Auxiliary’s “Night for Noyes,” a benefit for the new Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center tomorrow night at Nugget Hill Event Center in Wayland is sold out! The Foundation and the Auxiliary are grateful to this generous community—the event sponsors, donors of auction items and baskets, and all who have bought tickets. Galaxy (lead) sponsors of “Night for Noyes” are The Gunlocke Company and UR Medicine, with Lunar (co-sponsors) Lent Hill Dairy Farm, LLC and Genesee Construction. Additional sponsors: CONSTELLATION SPONSORS Cook Iron Store Co., Inc. Graham and Candy Frazer Michael and Nancy Johnsen Kevin and Mary Alice Kilbourne LMC Industrial Contractors, Inc. Domenick and Ann Martello— In Memory of Lisa Martello McGowen Jon and Linda Shay Thomas and Joanie Wamp MOONBEAM SPONSORS A Smile By Design—Dr. and Mrs. James Vogler Breast for All, LLC— Catherine Wightman Communicare Partners—Kelly McCormick-Sullivan James and Linda Culbertson Genesee Valley Penny Saver Steuben Landscaping and Floral Center— Jim and Ria Sauerbier Dr. Robert Whelpley STARLIGHT SPONSORS Dansville Family Dental Care Wilson Beef Farms The Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center is a unique collaborative project between Wilmot Cancer Institute, Jones Memorial Hospital, and Noyes Health currently under construction on the campus of Noyes Hospital. When it opens early next year, the Cancer Center will provide patients in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Western New York more convenient access to comprehensive, state-of-the art cancer care. It will also serve as a hub for oncology services and includes a medical oncology clinic in Wellsville and Hornell. Established with a $2 million gift from Ann and Carl Myers, the $5.8 million project will feature a 4,500 square foot radiation oncology clinic and a 2,300 square foot medical oncology clinic featuring three exam rooms and seven chemotherapy/infusion chairs. It will also provide patients with access to advanced diagnostic testing, clinical trials, outpatient palliative care, and Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program. Physicians at the cancer center and medical oncology clinic at Jones will have access to UR Medicine’s region-wide electronic medical record system and regular consultations with multidisciplinary teams focused on cancer. Please contact Mary Sue Dehn, Noyes Health Foundation Director at (585)335-4363 with questions. ... Read More

October 13, 2016

Sitting Too Much- Consequences of a Sedentary World

Like many folks, I sit way too much. My job requires an incredible amount of computer time, reading, and sit-down meetings. On top of this, I tend to get hyper-focused on projects and before I know it, I have been sitting at my desk for 60 minutes without a break. The result, sore lower back, tense shoulders, and “ostrich neck” – you know that forward leaning motion with your head and neck extended directly at the screen. Over the last few years, sitting and its effects on our bodies has received a lot of press and for good reason. It turns out, too much time on the hind end, not only makes us stiff and sore, it actually puts us at risk for serious health consequences and premature aging. A 2015 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that more than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting: watching television, commuting (running errands), working at a computer, or doing other physically inactive pursuits. The study found that those who sat for prolonged periods of time had a higher risk of dying from all causes. The inactivity of sitting leads to higher documented rates of type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Zoning in on cancer in particular, the University of Regensburg in Germany examined close to 70,000 cancer cases. They found that sitting is associated with a 24% increased risk for colon cancer, 32% increased risk of endometrial cancer, and a 21% increased risk of lung cancer. And the really bad news is that you can’t exercise this away at the end of the day. Even those who regularly exercise are susceptible to health consequences if they sit too much the rest of the time and don’t take routine breaks. The body is a complex mechanism and researchers still do not know exactly how sitting contributes to poor health. Here is what we know so far: Sitting Causes a Biochemical Mishap Research suggests that sugar and fat are metabolized differently when we sit which affects a person’s risk for diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Marc Hamilton, an expert in sedentary physiology at the University of Houston, explains that sitting for prolonged periods has been shown to induce biochemical changes in lipoprotein lipase (enzyme) activity. This enzyme normally allows muscles to remove fat from the bloodstream but when we sit too long, it essentially turns off. As a consequence, fat in the bloodstream goes directly to fatty deposits. So yikes, more fat, less muscle. Sitting = Weight Gain = Elevated Risk for Chronic Diseases You burn 30% more calories when you stand than when you sit. Days, months, and years of sitting add up and the number of unused calories adds up which leads to weight gain. These additional pounds also contribute to type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Sitting = Bad Posture and Pressure When we sit, we generally crouch forward which leads to an unnaturally curved spine. This is especially true of folks who do lots of desk work. This uneven pressure puts strain on the spine, muscles, and joints. In addition, because we are hunched over, our lungs have less space to expand. This limits how deeply we breathe which limits the amount of oxygen in our bloodstream and brain. (This is why we actually become less productive and tired the longer we sit. The brain needs oxygen to stay alert and active.) Finally, sitting compresses tissue especially in the glute and thigh regions. This cuts off circulation and causes swelling in the lower extremities. By the way, substituting standing for sitting is not the answer. Standing in one place also puts pressure on the body and can lead to circulatory problems such as varicose veins. Sitting Speeds Aging A Swedish study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that telomeres (tiny caps on the ends of DNA strands) in people who sit all day get shorter. As telomeres get shorter, the rate at which the body ages and decays speeds up. Conversely, the study found “that the telomeres in [those] who were sitting the least had lengthened. Their cells seemed to be growing physiologically younger.” The Good News – Movement is the Answer and its FREE! The bottom line is our bodies were made to move. We have over 360 joints and 700 muscles – all made to move. A 2008 Australian study found those who took more breaks from sitting throughout the day had narrower waists, lower weights, and lower cholesterol. The average length of their breaks: just four and a half minutes. The American Academy of Family Physicians and the Cornell University Ergonomics program suggest the following to keep us healthy as possible in a sit-down world: Take a one to three minute break about every half hour during the day to stand. Cornell suggests, for every 20 minutes of sitting, stand for 8 minutes and move for 2 minutes. (Either way – get into the habit of moving around every 20 minutes or so.) Stand or exercise while watching TV. Set achievable goals and scale up slowly. For example, reduce sitting time by 15 to 20 minutes a day and then set weekly goals to improve. Aim to cut two to three hours of sedentary time. Stand and walk around while talking on the phone. Set an alarm on your phone or computer to get up and move every ½ hour. MOVE throughout the day, every day. Remember exercising one hour a day is great (keep doing it) but it won’t counteract prolonged sitting. Frequent movement variety throughout the day will help neutralize the effects of sitting. Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

October 12, 2016

Informational Stroke Event at Noyes

Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds and every four minutes, someone dies of stroke. Knowing the facts about strokes is crucial to preventing long-term disability. On Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm, Noyes Health and the Genesee Valley Health Partnership are sponsoring a special presentation on strokes at the Dansville Public Library. Ann Leonhardt from the University of Rochester Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center will present all the latest information about stroke prevention and treatment. This free event is open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred but not required. Call 335-4249 today to reserve your spot. Stroke Basics: Recognition, Prevention and Treatment Presented by Ann M. Leonhardt, MS, RN, ANP-BC, Medical Program Coordinator URMC Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7 p.m. Dansville Public Library 200 Main St Dansville, NY 14437 Pre-registration preferred but not required. Cost: FREE Call 335-4249 to register... Read More

October 6, 2016

Good Dental Health for Life

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood, affecting 50% of children by middle childhood and nearly 70% by late adolescence. According to the CDC, untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. About 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth while 13% of adolescents have at least one untreated decayed tooth. Dental hygiene habits and genetics affect dental health in later years as well. Eighty percent of the US population has some form of periodontal gum disease. In addition, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) reports that almost 250 million people or about 40% of the adult population in Europe, USA, and Japan are estimated to suffer some form of edentulousness, or loss of natural teeth. While the prevalence of both partial and total tooth loss in seniors is down compared to the 1970s, the numbers are still quite high. Seniors over the age of 65 have lost an average of 13 teeth and 26% have no remaining teeth. Good dental hygiene not only helps an individual keep his or her teeth but is also good for overall health. The ADHA recommends the following tips for good dental hygiene: Child Dental Hygiene Parents should clean the infant’s baby teeth as soon as they come in with a soft cloth or baby toothbrush and a pea-size amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle, unless it is filled with water. Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when children fall asleep with a bottle of milk, formula, juice, or other sweet liquid. At age two or three, start to teach your child proper brushing and flossing techniques. You will need to monitor brushing and flossing until age 7 or 8 when the child will finally have the dexterity to do it alone. When a child’s permanent molars come in (usually around ages 6 and 12), consider having sealants applied. Sealants are thin protective plastic coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Mouth guards should be worn for all contact sports and any extreme sports like skateboarding, snowboarding, and rollerblading. Start this practice in childhood and continue through adulthood. Some Special Concerns for Adolescents Dental complications are associated with oral piercings, tattoos, and decorative grills. It is important to visit the dentist and discuss possible “mouth art” risks and complications before the adolescent (or adult) pursues it. Piercings that do not use surgical grade stainless steel jewelry can cause either infections or allergic reactions in the mouth. Piercings can also cause erosion of the teeth and gums. Mouth piercings should be cleaned after every meal as they can harbor bacteria. Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating can cause complications such as tooth enamel erosion, dental cavities, enlargement of saliva glands, sensitive teeth, fungal or bacterial infections, dry mouth, and trauma to the roof of the mouth. Smoking’s oral effects include bad breath, stained teeth, loss of taste and smell, canker sores, oral cancer, gum recession, bone loss and tooth loss associated with gum disease. Soda typically contains phosphoric acid and large amounts of sugar; both are detrimental to oral health. Sugar causes cavities and because all sodas contain phosphoric acid, even diet soda drinkers are at risk for weakened teeth. The phosphoric acid interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium, essential for strong teeth and bones. Brushing Basics from the American Dental Association Brush your teeth twice a day. When you brush, don't rush. Take time to do a thorough job. Use the proper equipment. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, which can reduce plaque and a mild form of gum disease (gingivitis) more than does manual brushing. These devices are also helpful if you have arthritis or other dexterity problems. Practice good technique. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle — aiming the bristles toward the area where your tooth meets your gum. Gently brush with short back-and-forth motions. Remember to brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue. Keep your equipment clean. Always rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing. Store your toothbrush in an upright position and allow it to air-dry until using it again. Don't routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers, which can encourage the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast. Know when to replace your toothbrush. Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric or battery-operated toothbrush every three to four months — or sooner if the bristles become frayed or when someone has been ill with an infection or virus. Floss twice daily. If you find it hard to handle floss, use an interdental cleaner — such as a dental pick, pre-threaded flosser, tiny brushes that reach between teeth, a water flosser or wooden or silicone plaque remover. For more information on dental hygiene, visit the American Dental Hygienists’ Association website at: or the CDC at Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

September 28, 2016

October – Home Eye Safety Month

October is Home Eye Safety month. Most folks think of eye safety as something for the workplace but statistically, it is important that we zone in on the home. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), there are about 2.5 million eye injuries per year. Approximately 50% of those occur in or around the home. About 50,000 people lost some degree of eyesight. The AAO states that 90% of those injuries could be been prevented by safety eyewear yet only 35% of those surveyed always wear protective eyewear when doing home repair or projects. Knowing the risks and how to prevent them is the first step in improving those numbers. Eye injuries can occur in or outside the home. The AAO lists the following as the most common causes of injury: Eye Injury Risks in the House Using hazardous products and chemicals such as oven cleaner and bleach for cleaning and other chores (accidents involving common household products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year). Cooking foods can that can splatter hot grease or oil. Opening champagne bottles during a celebration. Drilling or hammering screws or nails into walls or hard surfaces like brick or cement; the screws or nails can become projectiles, or fragments can come off the surface. Using hot objects such as curling irons around the face; inadvertent contact with the user’s eyes can cause serious injury. Loose rugs and railings or other hazards that could cause falls or slips. Injury Risks in the Yard Mowing the lawn. Using a power trimmer or edger. Clipping hedges and bushes. Eye Injury Risks in the Garage or Workshop Using tools (power or hand). Working with solvents or other chemicals. Any task that can produce fragments, dust particles or other eye irritants. Securing equipment or loads with bungee cord reports that the most common place for an eye injury to occur is in the yard or garden. One in four eye injuries happen during home repair. Not all accidents can be prevented but taking a few precautions can lessen your chance of injury. Prevent Blindness and the American Academy of Ophthalmology offer the following tips to protect your eyes: Wear eye protection, this cannot be stressed enough. The AAO and the American Society of Ocular Trauma now recommend that every household have at least one pair of ANSI-approved protective eyewear for use during projects and activities that may present risk of injury. Eye protection, such as safety goggles, protects your eyes against particles and dust, flying debris and chemicals splashes. Also note that regular corrective lenses do not protect your eyes against injury; you can easily find safety goggles that are worn over your glasses. Cushion sharp corners and edges of furnishings and home fixtures if you have children or the elderly in your house. Keep your tools in good condition; damaged tools should be repaired or replaced. Make sure that all spray nozzles are directed away from you. When using hazardous products (e.g., bleach, detergents, cleansers) never mix chemical agents or other caustic substances, always read and follow the manufacturer warnings and guidelines, and always use in well-ventilated areas. To improve safety on stairs and walkways remove tripping hazards, secure rugs, install gates on stairs, and provide sufficient lighting and effective handrails. This is especially important in homes and locations where toddlers and senior citizens reside. Remove debris and inspect yard and garden before beginning yard work, such as mowing or using a weed trimmer. This measure will not only protect you, but it will prevent potential injury to bystanders. Loose stones, branches, and other items can become projectiles when they come in contact with a lawn mower, weed trimmer, or hedge trimmer. Remember to wash your hands after completing a task and before touching your eyes or face. Be sure tools and cleaners are out of the reach of children. When cooking, use shields, as this will prevent hot oils from splashing on your body, face, and especially into your eyes. For more information about home eye safety, visit these websites: American Academy of Ophthalmology – Prevent Blindness - Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

September 27, 2016

First “Duel in the Pool” Raises $5000 For Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center

On Saturday, September 24, more than 200 high school swimmers from 14 regional teams met at the Bath-Haverling Complex pool for the first ever "Duel in the Pool." Girls from the Livingston Conference and Finger Lakes League competed as single teams for bragging rights and to raise money for the new Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center in Dansville. The winner? The Cancer Center, as admission fees, 50/50 raffles and other games raised $5000. At the end of the meet, the girls and their coaches presented the check to UR Medicine / Noyes Health CEO Amy Pollard and Noyes Health Foundation chair Jon Shay. “We are grateful to Livingston Conference and Dansville girls’ swim coach Jim Welch and his counterpart from the Finger Lakes League, Chris Oaks at Pal-Mac, for organizing this event and choosing to give the proceeds to the Cancer Center,” says Pollard. “The girls gave it their all and had fun. It was a great morning of competition and camaraderie.” The Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center is a collaborative project among Wilmot Cancer Institute, Jones Memorial Hospital (Wellsville), and Noyes Health. When it opens its doors early next year, it will serve as a regional hub for oncology services and includes a medical oncology clinic in Wellsville and Hornell. Established with a $2 million gift from Ann and Carl Myers, the $5.8 million project will feature a 4,500 square foot radiation oncology clinic and a 2,300 square foot medical oncology clinic featuring three exam rooms and seven chemotherapy/infusion chairs. It will also provide patients with access to advanced diagnostic testing, clinical trials, outpatient palliative care, and Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program. Physicians at the cancer center and medical oncology clinic at Jones will have access to UR Medicine’s region-wide electronic medical record system and regular consultations with multidisciplinary teams focused on cancer. It will allow our patients to focus not on the stress and expense of travelling for treatment, but rather on living their lives and getting well. PHOTO ID: Two hundred swimmers from the Livingston Conference and Finger Lakes League competed in the first cross-conference “Duel in the Pool” at the Bath-Haverling pool on Saturday, September 24. After the meet, the girls and their coaches presented a check for $5000 to UR Medicine / Noyes Health CEO Amy Pollard and Noyes Health Foundation chair Jon Shay. Noyes Health Foundation chair Jon Shay and UR Medicine / Noyes Health CEO Amy Pollard receive a check for $5000 from Dansville High School girls’ swimming coach Jim Welch and his wife Natalie. Two hundred swimmers from across the region competed on Saturday, September 24, for cross-conference bragging rights and to raise money for the new Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center, under construction on the campus of Noyes Health in Dansville. The $5000 check was presented at the end of the meet. ... Read More

September 22, 2016

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women's cancers. The American Cancer Society estimates there are about 22,280 women diagnosed yearly for ovarian cancer. About 14,240 of those women will die from ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 75. Her lifetime chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 100. This cancer typically occurs in women in their fifties and sixties with the median age being 63. According to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, ovarian cancer is a disease in which depending on the type and stage of the disease, malignant (cancerous) cells are found inside, near, or on the outer layer of the ovaries. An ovary is one of two small, almond-shaped organs located on each side of the uterus that store eggs, or germ cells, and produce the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Many women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a genetic history that may include carrying the BRCA mutation gene or have a strong family history of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is more common in women who are overweight, women who have a mother, sister or daughter with the disease, and those who have never had children. Other risk factors may include talcum powder use, a history of breast cancer, and the use of estrogen after menopause. While some studies are inconclusive, others indicate that eating a low-fat diet, being pregnant, breastfeeding, and using birth control pills prior to menopause seem to be protective factors for contracting this cancer. Since the organs involved in this illness are so deep in the abdomen, it can be quite difficult to diagnose. A pelvic exam can sometimes reveal a problem but even the most skilled examiner may not be able to feel a tumor especially at an early stage. Symptoms can be absent or vague, including swelling or bloating of the abdomen, stomach pain or pelvic pressure, having trouble eating or feeling full quickly, or urinary urgency or frequency. Those symptoms are quite common for other diseases as well, which makes ovarian cancer diagnosis even harder. It is, therefore, important for a woman to report any changes in feeling different to her physician. There are no screening tests for ovarian cancer that can be applied to large numbers of women, like there are for breast cancer. It is important to note that the Pap test is effective for early detection of cervical cancer, but isn’t a test for ovarian cancer. If a woman has strong risk factors for ovarian cancer, her health care provider can use a blood test, ultrasound, and CT scans to look for signs of cancer. If a tumor is found, a biopsy is performed to determine if it is cancerous or not. Once a diagnosis is made, treatment begins fairly quickly. Surgery to remove as much of the tumor (or tumors) as possible is performed and depending how widespread the cancer is, the ovaries and uterus might be removed at the same time. A regimen of chemotherapy, sometimes followed by radiation is the next step in treatment. According the American Cancer Society, the 5-year survival rate for all types of ovarian cancer is 45%. Women diagnosed when they are younger than 65 do better than older women. If ovarian cancer is found (and treated) before the cancer has spread outside the ovary (stages IA and IB), the 5-year relative survival rate is 92%. However, only 15% of all ovarian cancers are found at this early stage. The key takeaway from this data is be your own best advocate. If you have a family history of ovarian cancer, go for regular physicals with your primary care physician and never miss your annual gynecological exam. In addition, pay attention to your body. If you have symptoms that persist or worsen, don’t ignore them. To learn more about ovarian cancer risks, diagnosis, and treatment options visit: American Cancer Society at or National Ovarian Cancer Coalition at Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

September 19, 2016

Living Healthy for Life

My mom says Arthur goes with her everywhere. It is with her at night, when she wakes in the morning, and every step and movement during the day. Arthur is not a dog, cat, or even gentlemen friend. Arthur is mom’s code word for arthritis. It is indeed a constant companion although not a welcome one. Over time, it has changed her life and decreased some of her activities. I imagine we all know someone like my mom, living with chronic pain or a chronic condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or even anxiety. Often these conditions compromise the quality of daily life. There is the pain, the limitations, and consequently for some, poor emotional health to deal with on an everyday basis. If you or a loved one fits this description, you may want to consider a Living Healthy workshop. Living Healthy workshops are educational programs designed to help people manage life with chronic pain or disease. They are based on the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). This evidence-based, self-management education program helps participants learn self-management skills needed to help deal with the symptoms of their chronic condition and with the life role changes and emotions experienced when living with a chronic condition. The emphasis of the workshop’s curriculum is to help people: manage common problems such as fatigue; communicate with friends, family, and providers; deal with anger and depression; and design and maintain a healthy eating and exercise plan. In addition, participants learn disease related decision-making and problem solving skills. As a result, these interventions help participants reduce pain, depression, fear, and frustration; improve mobility and exercise; increase energy; and boost confidence in their ability to manage their condition. The most important outcome is that people become more confident and are able to combine more active lives with self-management of their chronic health condition. From 2012 to now, more than 7,300 people have participated in CDSMP Living Healthy workshops across New York. Most of those people live with multiple chronic conditions including: arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, lung disease, depression and others. Chronic disease self-management programs are being implemented successfully in senior centers, churches, and other community settings across the country. According to, subjects who took the program, when compared to those who did not, demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom management, and communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress and fatigue, disability, and social/role activities limitations. They also spent fewer days in the hospital, and there was also a trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations. In addition, participants applaud benefits of the Living Healthy self-help workshops: “They taught us to focus on what we can do…not on what we can’t do.” “The pain doesn’t go away, but you learn to manage the pain instead of the pain managing you.” “Now I can work better with my doctor to manage my symptoms.” “I know the things to do and this helps my motivation to get it done.” “The progress is due to the positive class support.” Locally, Noyes Health offers Living Healthy classes in the fall and spring. Participants learn from trained volunteer leaders with health conditions themselves. Each person learns how to set his or her own goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve his or her own health and life! The workshops meet for 2 ½ hours once per week for six weeks. The Fall, 2016 workshop, Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition, will be held in Nunda starting October 12th from 10 am – 12:30 pm. Classes are FREE but spaces are limited and registration is required. If you would like more information or would like to register, call (585)335-4358 or email: This article was written by Christa Barrows, Living Healthy coordinator at Noyes Health and Lorraine Wichtowski. Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More