Did You Know: Our Breast Center Staff is Bilingual?
Nearly 12 percent of all women get breast cancer in their lifetime.
Scheduling regular mammograms is the first step in detecting breast cancer. Diagnosing breast cancer as early as possible grants patients and their physicians more treatment options and increases the likelihood of successful treatment.
There’s still time to run for a cause!
Good news! You can burn off all the king cake from Carnival season and help empower youth across New Orleans at Youth Run NOLA’s 504k on March 18th.
A Number You Should Know
National Save Your Vision Month
The American Optometric Association designates the month of March to promote eye health.
This year, the American Optometric Association is promoting awareness around digital eyestrain and the importance of receiving regular, comprehensive eye exams from a doctor of optometry.
At St. Thomas, optometrists see patients in need of corrective lenses, those suffering from disease affecting the eyes, and those needing ocular surgery. If you have noticed problems with your vision, eye irritation, changes in your vision or eye appearance, or need corrective lenses, visiting an optometrist will help.
The Latest: In the News & Around The Community
Dillard Students Pledged to Stay HIV Negative
February 7th was National Black HIV/AIDS Awarness Day and our initiative We PrEP Together partnered with Dillard University’s Public Health Club to host “I Pledge to PrEP.”
Students competed in a condom contest, took photos with their individual pledges to stay HIV neagative, and learned more about HIV prevention strategies like PrEP from a St. Thomas Community Health Center infectious disease specialist. Click here to see more photos from the event.
Visit wepreptogether.com to learn more about how to protect yourself and loved ones from HIV.
St. Thomas Community Health Center takes aim at cervical cancer
Caring for Your Heart: The new St. Thomas Heart & Vascular Center brings personalized cardiovascular care to New Orleans
It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Louisiana. Just think of all that fried food, sugar and alcohol.
It is also due in part to greater-than-average rates of risk factors like obesity, cigarette smoking and high blood pressure. Another contributing factor to likelihood of death by heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular issues is that quality cardiovascular care is not easily accessible for underserved and minority populations.
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