October 2018
October 2018 Newsletter
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What You Need to Know  

The facts about breast cancer:
Thanks to fewer cases, improved treatment, and earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, a woman's risk of dying of breast cancer dropped 39 percent between the late 1980s and 2015 - 300,000 breast cancer deaths were avoided during that time.

Still, there's much more to be done. Breast cancer remains the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer. There is still a large racial gap in mortality, with African-American women having higher death rates compared to whites, even as incidence rates are similar.

The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for
2018 are: 

·        About 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women
·        About 40,920 women will die from breast cancer
·        While black and white women get breast cancer at roughly the same rate, the mortality rate is 42% higher among black women than white women
At this time, there are more than 3.1 million people with a history of breast cancer in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.) 

Risk factors:

·        Alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer in women by about 7%-10% for each one drink of alcohol consumed per day on average. Women who have 2-3 alcoholic drinks per day have a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer compared to non-drinkers.
·        Obesity increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Risk is about 1.5 times higher in overweight women and about 2 times higher in obese women than in lean women.
·        Growing evidence suggests that women who get regular physical activity have a 10%-25% lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who are inactive, with stronger evidence for postmenopausal than premenopausal women.
·        Research shows that smoking may slightly increase breast cancer risk, particularly long-term, heavy smoking and among women who start smoking before their first pregnancy.

If you or someone you love are concerned about developing breast cancer, have been recently diagnosed, are going through treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society provides important information on these topics and more.
Bringing telehealth to WNY!
G-Health Enterprises (including GBUAHN) is about to embark on a system that puts health care in the hands of patient health navigators (PHNs). PHNs will soon be utilizing a telehealth system – which consists of a remote medical exam that can be reviewed by a physician utilizing an iPad or computer.

PHNs are being trained to use special at-home devices to conduct examinations when one of their members is not feeling well. The devices can be used to examine the ears, throat, heart, lungs, skin, and can take body temperature.

The exam pictures and results can be loaded on to a special app for live video telehealth exams with the member’s doctor.

Remote diagnosis can cover conditions such as: ear infections, flu, upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, pink eye, rashes, bug bites, wounds and sore throat. GBUAHN members will not even have to leave their homes to get the medical help they need.

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting program that will be the first of its kind in Western New York. 
Urban Family Practice now open late for urgent care
Unfortunately, a cold, an earache, a sore throat or other injuries and illnesses don’t always come on before 5 p.m. Fortunately, as of Monday, September 17, 2018, Urban Family Practice has been running an after- hours clinic so patients can be seen between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Walk-ins welcome – Niagara Street location only.    
We love a parade!
And we love it so much that we do it in style…and take home first place! GBUAHN scored first place among all participants in the Puerto Rican Parade on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The parade kicked off at 1:00 p.m. in front of Buffalo City Hall and wrapped up at the corner of Niagara Street and Porter Avenue. Afterwards, GBUAHN and Urban Family Practice joined the festival at LaSalle Park and provided health screenings, free food vouchers for GBUAHN members and free backpacks stuffed with school supplies for the children of our members. GBUAHN also gave away bikes and new TVs at the event.  
Happy birthday GBUAHN building
Happy birthday 564 Niagara Street! September 21, 2018 marked the one-year anniversary of the grand opening of GBUAHN’s new facility. The staff of GBUAHN and Urban Family Practice celebrated with a huge cake and a party at Community Beer Works. 
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