November 2018
Healthy Vitals Bulletin: Addressing Chronic Illness
Breast Cancer Awareness

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. One of every four deaths in the United States is due to cancer.

  • Each year in the United States, more than 240,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease. See Florida statistics.
  • Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men.
  • Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 10% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.

Other than skin cancer,  breast cancer   is the most common cancer among American women. Getting  mammograms  regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that if you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.

What Are the Symptoms?
There are different  symptoms of breast cancer ,  and some people have no symptoms at all. Symptoms can include—
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood).
  • A new lump in the breast or underarm.

Although  breast cancer screening  cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about which breast cancer screening tests are right for you, and when you should have them.
Fighting Heart Disease

Cornerstone Collaborative Florida, Inc. is addressing the leading cause of mortality in Florida (and the United States) through its "Heartthrob Initiative", which provides cardiac health screening and chronic illness awareness to health-seekers.

The Protein Unstable Lesion Signature (PULS) Cardiac Test ( ) identifies those at risk of a cardiac event by quantifying endothelial damage, predicting Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS), and improving patient care.

Why test for unstable cardiac lesions?
The rupture of unstable cardiac lesions causes 75% of all heart attacks. Over 50% of individuals are “vulnerable patients”, or those who are unaware they have active formation of cardiac lesions that can eventually rupture without warning. In fact, 50% of all heart attacks are silent, meaning the patient felt no pain and was not hospitalized.

The PULS Cardiac Test measures 9 of the most clinically-significant protein biomarkers to detect unstable cardiac lesion formation, diagnose disease progression and predict the likelihood of rupture. The test was developed through multiple longitudinal outcome-based studies with multiple institutions over a 15-year period of collaborative research.

The "Heartthrob Initiative" delivers the PULS Cardiac Test through a minimal blood sample drawn by a certified phlebotomist in community settings throughout Florida.

Contact us to schedule an event in your community.
Charles Drew
Surgeon, Doctor, Educator (1904–1950)

Charles Drew was an African-American surgeon who pioneered methods of storing blood plasma for transfusion and organized the first large-scale blood bank in the U.S.

Charles Richard Drew was born on June 3, 1904, in Washington, D.C. as the oldest son of a carpet layer. After graduating from Dunbar High School in 1922, Drew went to Amherst College on a sports scholarship. There, he distinguished himself on the track and football teams.

Drew completed his bachelor's degree at Amherst in 1926, but didn't have enough money to pursue his dream of attending medical school. He worked as a biology instructor and a coach for Morgan College, now Morgan State University, in Baltimore for two years. In 1928, he applied to medical schools and enrolled at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

In 1938, Drew received a Rockefeller Fellowship to study at Columbia University and train at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Drew developed a method for processing and preserving blood plasma, or blood without cells. Plasma lasts much longer than whole blood, making it possible to be stored or "banked" for longer periods of time. He discovered that the plasma could be dried and then reconstituted when needed. His research served as the basis of his doctorate thesis, "Banked Blood," and he received his doctorate degree in 1940. Drew became the first African-American to earn this degree from Columbia.

As World War II raged in Europe, Drew was asked to head up a special medical effort known as "Blood for Britain." He organized the collection and processing of blood plasma from several New York hospitals, and the shipments of these life-saving materials overseas to treat causalities in the war. In 1941, Drew spearheaded another blood bank effort, this time for the American Red Cross. He worked on developing a blood bank to be used for U.S. military personnel. But not long into his tenure there, Drew became frustrated with the military's request for segregating the blood donated by African Americans. At first, the military did not want to use blood from African Americans, but they later said it could only be used for African-American soldiers. Drew was outraged by the racist policy, and resigned his post after only a few months.

Drew died on April 1, 1950. He was only 45 years old at the time of his death, and it is remarkable how much he was able to accomplish in such a limited amount of time. As the Reverend Jerry Moore said at Drew's funeral, Drew had "a life which crowds into a handful of years' significance, so great, men will never be able to forget it."

Since his passing, Drew has received countless posthumous honors. He was featured in the United States Postal Service's Great Americans stamp series in 1981, and his name appears on educational institutions across the country.

Cornerstone Collaborative Florida, Inc. is committed to providing health access and eliminating health disparity in underserved communities as part of our mission to end poverty.

Operating at the intersection of philanthropy, healthcare providers, government services, and other community advocacy groups, Cornerstone solicits private and public resources through donations and grants for programs and services that help those who are vulnerable or in need.
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