Established in 2015, the mission of the Saint Catherine Labouré Health and Wellness Ministry is to be a healing ministry that responds to the health and wellness needs of church members through a holistic approach – body, mind and spirit – as directed by Jesus  Christ, the Divine Physician.  Our ministry advocates health awareness throughout the parish, offering monthly blood pressure screenings after Mass on the fourth Sunday of every month.   

Help us obtain our goal to establish a weekly rotation of “health helpers” to be available at Mass should a medical emergency arise.   Contact us  – we’re always looking for parishioners with medical backgrounds to offer their expertise.  

Topic of the Month

April 2019 – Colorectal Cancer

According to the NIH National Cancer Institute:

  • Colorectal cancer occurs when abnormal cells form tumors in normal tissues of the intestines and digestive system.
  • Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S.
  • The number of new colorectal cancer cases and the number of deaths from colorectal cancer are both decreasing a little bit each year in adults aged 55 and older. However, in adults younger than 55 years, the number has slowly increased.
  • Avoiding risk factors and increasing protective factors may help prevent cancer.
  • Risk factors include: age, family history, alcohol, cigarette smoking, race & obesity
  • With regular screening options, including colonoscopy screening, colorectal cancer is preventable.
  • Polyp removal may be recommended.  See your physician for changes in bowel habits, abdominal bloating or weight loss.

For more information on Colorectal Cancer risk factors and prevention go to:

www.cancer.gov/types/colorectal/patient/colorectal-prevention-pdq
www.cancer.gov
www.cancer.org

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HEALTH AND SAFETY TOPICS OF THE MONTH ARCHIVE

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You Can Save the Life
of a family member, friend or stranger by knowing CPR. CPR classes are offered in the community and on – line. We encourage you to explore the following web sites for these educational courses through the 
American Heart Association  or the American Red Cross.   AHA online courses are available at  https://www.onlineaha.org 


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