Hit the links this week for breast cancer awareness. Wolf Creek Golf Club will host the #TBT Throw Back Thursday Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament on Thursday, Oct. 30.ribbon

This tournament is a nine-hole, four man scramble style tournament. Golfers can also participate in a series of Big Break-Style challenges during the tournament.
The tournament will also feature a silent auction and raffle, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Affiliate. In addition to that, a portion of all entry fees will also go to Komen Atlanta to help women in our community who are going through breast cancer treatment.

Details: www.komenatlanta.org, 3000 Union Rd, Atlanta, GA 30331

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The Atlanta Dream has many wonderful community initiatives and events, and one of those programs is their Dream Pink Initiative.  Dream Pink was created as a way to raise awareness and to educate women about breast cancer.dream pink

During their regular season, the Dream hosts a “Dream Pink” game, at this game the focus is on breast cancer awareness, including the entertainment aspects. Then after the game, The Dream hosts a live auction that raises funds for the Grady Foundation. The auction usually features items like game-worn jerseys, player experience and sports memorabilia, as well as many other exciting prizes.

In addition to the Dream Pink game and auction, the WNBA team also hosts a Spa Day for breast cancer patients at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Details: www.wnba.com/dream/community/

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Car looking a little dusty? How about instead of spending your Sunday washing it yourself, you take it to Swifty Car Wash for Car Wash for a Cure. This month long initiative is taking place at all Swifty locations in Georgia.car wash

Patrons will have the option to make a donation to Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta at each of their kiosks. You can use the code 8008 to make the donation.

Swifty has locations in Athens, McDonough, and Winder, and on Covington Highway, Memorial Drive and Moreland Avenue in Decatur.

Details: October 1-31, www.swiftycarwash.com

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See some of Atlanta’s biggest celebs hit the court this weekend at Jackson Events & Entertainment et al.’s Ballin’ For Boobs celebrity basketball tournament. The game will take place on Sunday, October 25 at Morehouse College, and $2 from each ticket will be donated to Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta.ballllin

A few of the celebrity players include R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, 2 Chainz and Lil’ Scrappy. And be sure to get there early for the pep rally and “pink carpet,” which kick off at 1 p.m. The game will follow at 3 p.m.

General tickets cost $12, with a VIP option for $30.

Details: www.komenatlanta.org/events/ballin-for-boobs

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Get ready to shake it in honor of breast cancer awareness month! The Concourse Athletic Club is hosting a fun-filled Party in Pink Zumbathon on Saturday, October 25.cause

This event is free to the public so be sure to bring a friend. Kicking off at 9 a.m., this nonstop party will be led by Nathan Blake, a Zumba International Instructor from New York City.

The Party in Pink Zumbathon will last for two hours on the gym floor of the Concourse. Don’t miss your chance to dance to some great Latin grooves while celebrating a great cause!

Details: www.wellbridge.com/concourse-athletic-club/sandy-springs

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Blair Wagoner from Fig and Flower gives her best advice about how to make your foundation look natural for fall.



What are some common foundation trends people get stuck in?    

People think “more is better” when it comes to foundation, but using too much foundation can lead to an unnatural look and even cause the skin to produce more oil in some cases. Start with a very small amount of foundation and build the coverage only in places where you really need it.

How should someone update their foundation for the fall?

Often, people need two foundation colors: one for summer and one for winter. As people’s summer tans fade, mixing the summer and winter colors often gives the right transition color for fall.

What are the most important factors when selecting a foundation?

Ingredients and color. Choose a foundation with ingredients that will improve the health and vitality of your skin, such as plant-based oils and antioxidants. Avoid ingredients like parabens, mineral oils, talc and synthetic colors that can clog pores, irritate skin or lead to other health issues. Choose a color that blends seamlessly into your skin and check the color in natural lighting.


What styles of foundation are best for women in their 30s, 40s and beyond?

Typically, skin loses moisture as we age, so a moisturizing foundation with a plant oil base, such as coconut oil, will improve skin condition while promoting a youthful appearance.


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Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a disease caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV). Dr. Angelica De Lisa from Piedmont Physicians at Roswell Road explains the risks, causes and symptoms of this disease.

VZV is the same virus that causes chicken pox, so logically, Dr. De Lisa says, anybody who has had chicken pox may be at risk for shingles. “In fact, it is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus, usually many years after the initial chicken pox infection.” Seen most commonly in people older than age 50, additional risk factors include history of cancer or organ transplant, use of medications that weaken the immune system, or a history of diseases or disorders that affect the immune system.

Symptoms of shingles range from mild pain, itching and tingling to severe pain, numbness or burning sensations in specific areas of the body. “Fluid-filled lesions or blisters can appear at the same time or several days later,” Dr. De Lisa adds.  If they appear on the face, these lesions can affect the ability to hear and see. The disease is usually diagnosed based on a history of pain in a specific area of the body along with the appearance of this characteristic rash. Currently, no cure exists for this condition.itchdr

Though it sounds frightening, this disease is usually not life-threatening for people with a normal, healthy immune system. “With proper treatment, lesions clear and pain improves in most cases,” Dr. De Lisa says. That treatment typically includes antivirals. “If used as soon as symptoms start, [antivirals] can decrease the duration and the intensity of the episode of shingles.”

“But for people who have conditions that affect the immune system, shingles could represent a serious threat,” Dr. De Lisa continues. In order to reduce your risk, you can opt for the shingles vaccine called Zostavax. Even people who have had prior episodes of shingles can still benefit from the vaccine, Dr. De Lisa says. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the vaccination for people 60 and up, with a few exceptions for people taking medications or experiencing diseases that affect the immune system. Check with your doctor to ensure that you are eligible for the vaccine.

Editorial Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov

Dr. Angelica De Lisa, Piedmont Physicians at Roswell Road – www.piedmont.org

National Institutes of Healthwww.nih.gov

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While October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there are some great initiatives that last the whole year long. One of those fantastic initiatives is the 11Alive Buddy Check, which has been helping women fight breast cancer for more than twenty years.

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The Buddy Check was created as a way to remind women of Atlanta to perform their monthly breast self-exams, and to keep them up to date on the latest information about breast cancer research.

The way the 11Alive Buddy Check works is that you choose your buddy, and then call them each month on the 11th to remind them to perform their breast self-exam. You can also sign up to receive text and email alerts from 11Alive on their website.

Details: www.archive.11alive.com

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Dr. Helen Gelley from Hyperbaric Physicians of Georgia answers a reader’s question about cancer survivors having chronic problems with radiation.

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Q: Can anything be done for cancer survivors experiencing chronic problems from radiation?

A: Depending on location of their radiation treatment, cancer survivors may experience poorly-healing wounds, pain, or bleeding with urination or bowel movements, among others.  Fortunately, in Atlanta hyperbaric medicine (HBO) programs are widely available, including in the suburbs. HBO has been shown in published studies to be very effective at resolving these late effects of radiation, and insurance covers HBO for problems related to previous radiation treatment.  A great source for more information is the “HBO Indications” page of www.uhms.org.

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Lately, there has been a lot of talk about women receiving genetic testing to find out if they have the BRAC1, BRAC2 or any gene mutations. While there are several different stances you can take on genetic testing, it is imperative to know the facts. With the help of Gwinnett Medical Center, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about genetic testing.


Q: Who should consider getting genetic testing done?

A: GMC suggests that anyone with a strong personal or family history of breast, ovarian, colorectal or endometrial cancer could benefits from genetic testing. GMC also offered genetic counseling for those with a high risk of cancer.

Q: What percentage of cancer is hereditary?

A: Only five to ten percent of cancer is caused by inherited gene mutations. What’s more, not everyone who carries a gene mutation will develop cancer in their lifetime.

Q: How is genetic testing done?

A: At GMC, they take a sample of your cells from the inside of your mouth or from your blood. These samples are then sent to a lab where technicians looks for certain changes in your DNA.

Q: What does genetic counseling include at GMC?

A: during genetic counseling at GMC, they will look at a detailed version of your family’s medical history. They will also asses your risk and your family’s rick for developing cancer, discuss the pros and cons of genetic testing with your and offer you counsel in order to help you make the best decision for your health.

Q: You got tested and are high risk for breast cancer, what now?

A: At GMC, they offer a High Risk Clinic where they will help you develop a plan to try to prevent you from getting cancer, as well as an early detection plan.

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