Cancer screenings planned at YMCA

Cancer screenings planned at YMCA


Mercy Health Youngs-town, formerly Humility of Mary Health Partners, is offering oral-cancer screenings from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Mercy Health Dental mobile van at the Davis Family YMCA, 45 McClurg Road, Boardman.

Those at greatest risk of developing oral cancer are tobacco users – cigarette, cigar or pipe smokers and those who chew smokeless tobacco; individuals who drink alcohol to excess; those who have a family history of oral cancer; people who have experienced excessive sun exposure and individuals with human papillomavirus (HPV).

Screenings are free, but registration is required. Call 330-480-3183. Support for this program is provided by Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley.

Immunization clinic


The well-child immunization clinic is offered Aug. 13 in the Girard Health Department, located in the City Building at 100 W. Main St.

Parents must pre-register children prior to the clinic. Call the Health Department from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 330-545–6048. A $10 administrative fee is charged per child.

Parents are reminded to bring a copy of the child’s immunization record. A parent or guardian must accompany children under 18.

5K event to benefit Autism Society


The Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center is hosting its third annual charity 5K event Aug. 15 at the Mill Creek Metroparks Bikeway, Kirk Road Trailhead, 6700 Kirk Road, Canfield. Proceeds from the event benefit The Autism Society of the Mahoning Valley.

Registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The Kids Fun Run, which starts at 8:45 a.m., is free or $10 for a T-shirt. The fee for the 5K is $20 before Aug. 14 and $25 on race day. The fee for the 10-mile relay is $100 per team before Aug. 14 and $125 on race day.

The owner of Ohio Naturopathic, Dr. Ted Suzelis, and his wife, Robin, understand that with the rate of autism increasing in the Mahoning Valley and around the country, autism charities are having a difficult time keeping up with the increased needs of the autism community.

Schedule reminder


With back-to-school time rapidly approaching, the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) reminds parents to schedule their children’s annual checkups, which ensure children are up-to-date on all vaccinations prior to the new school year and provide parents an opportunity to discuss their questions and concerns about vaccines with their physician.

Ohio ranks 49th in the nation in immunization rates, and according to the National Immunization Survey by the CDC, only 63.4 percent of Ohio’s children were properly immunized in 2013. This number has been falling over the past few years, while rates in other states across the country are rising, said Melissa Wervey Arnold, chief executive officer of the Ohio AAP.

Clinical geneticist


Dr. Carrie Costin, M.D., has joined Akron Children’s Hospital as a clinical geneticist.

As a member of the team in the Genetic Center, Dr. Costin offers diagnostic evaluation and medical management of genetic conditions, birth defects and developmental delays, as well as advanced genetic testing and interpretation of test results.

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