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7 facts about HPV for parents

Hey parents, did you know that your child is at risk of getting an STD (sexually transmitted disease)? It is estimated that nearly all sexually active individuals will get HPV (Human Papillomavirus) at some point in their lives.

Now we know what you are thinking… “My child isn’t sexually active yet!”

That may be true, but HPV is so common that the best protection is to get your child  vaccinated before they become sexually active. This will allow the vaccine to develop an immune response within the body. Currently there is a FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved series of vaccines (3 shots total) that are available for both preteen girls and boys around the ages 11 and 12.

It is important to note that a person with HPV has no symptoms. Studies also show that individuals with HPV also have an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer. But keep in mind, prevention is possible!

Here are 7 facts about the HPV vaccine:

  1. There are 3 vaccines approved by the FDA to prevent HPV infection.
  2. The HPV vaccine can help prevent many types of cancer (such as vaginal, cervical, anal and throat).
  3.  The HPV vaccine can be given to females until they are 27 years old.
  4. Males can get the vaccine as well, up to age 22.
  5. Two of the HPV vaccines can protect against genital warts.
  6. No serious side effects have been shown to be caused by the vaccines.
  7. Protection from the HPV vaccine is long lasting.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and FDA continue to carefully study and monitor the HPV vaccine; these studies have continued to show that the HPV vaccines are safe and effective. Parents are encouraged to talk to your child’s doctor about the HPV vaccine and what they can do to make sure their child is protected.

Moda Health offers members with a pharmacy benefit HPV immunization services at select network pharmacies. For a complete list of network pharmacies or for questions, call Moda Health Pharmacy Customer Service at 888-361-1610.

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Watch your sun exposure
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Bad sunburn art could increase melanoma risk

Crazy trends are just that…..CRAZY!  And this one ranks right up there as one of the worst.  Instead of the previous summer quest for no tan lines some people are going in the opposite direction and are deliberately using their skin and the sun to create temporary art on their skin.    What?  Since when is melanoma art?  The American Cancer Society website has great information on skin cancer causes and prevention.   The biggest culprit is prolonged exposure to UV (ultra violet) rays.

There are other ways to have temporary art on your skin that aren’t cancer causing or permanent (tattoos).  How about Henna ink?  Seems like a safer choice. 

Let’s hope this trend fades like a tan  before you have to see the Oncologist

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Will you shine a light on lung cancer?

November already? How could it be?  October went by so quickly that November has sneaked up on me!

Lung cancer can be one of those things that can sneak up on you too. Help bring lung cancer to the spotlight for Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

The Lung Cancer Alliance is raising awareness by hosting its 6th annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event. The event is on November 13th and is nationwide. You can participate by donating, sponsoring, hosting, or attending an event in your local community.

The link is provided HERE for events that have already been planned.  You can also click the link to learn more about hosting your own Shine the Light on Lung Cancer event.

Shine a Light on Lung Cancer provides our amazing community with hope, inspiration and support for those impacted by lung cancer and those at risk—from survivors to the newly diagnosed to loved ones to healthcare professionals to those simply wanting to help. You will learn about the latest advancements for lung cancer. You will hear stories of survival. And you will be connected with others in the lung cancer community.” -Lung Cancer Alliance

To learn more about lung cancer and  Shine the Light on Lung Cancer, you can go to the Lung Cancer Alliance webpage.

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1 in 5 Americans – Skin Cancer Awareness

Summer is officially here in the Pacific Northwest! We are enjoying the warm weather and many of us are planning our vacations. That being said, this also brings to mind sun safety and skin cancer awareness. Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States? Many of us think it won’t happen to me.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation “more than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. And one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.”

The good news is that this may be preventable! Read More

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July National Health Observance – UV Safety Month

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotchy skin.

These are just some of the reasons why we are proud to participate in UV Safety Month and help raise awareness of the risks of sun damage. During the month of July, join us in taking action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage.

You can take steps today to protect your skin: Read More

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Meals That Heal – Cancer Fighting Foods

Presented by ODS Health and Legacy Health

The Meals that Heal program introduced to the Portland community is back for a second year! I had a great time helping out with this program last year and this year is going to be even better!

Meals That Heal is designed to teach you about cancer fighting foods. Please join us for one or all of our events. We’ll have experts on hand to talk with you about healthy eating and share some tips with you.


  • Information booth and food samples were offered at the Susan G. Komen Health Expo
    Oregon Convention Center
    Friday, September 16, 2011, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.




Check back here for more Meals That Heal recipes!  For now try this one:

Sweet Pea Guacamole

For more information, including updates of our whereabouts, check out!

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Portland 2011 – ODS Continues Support

ODS is pleased to continue our support by sponsoring the 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk here in Portland. This week I had the opportunity to attend the 10th annual kick-off breakfast for the Making Strides event with my fellow ODS coworkers.

It was such a meaningful event to be a part of both professionally and personally. The entire room of 400 people was overflowing with a common bond to stand up against this disease. Many shared stories of loved ones and there was also one courageous survivor who told her story.

The American Cancer Society has a page entitled Stories of Hope that shares similar intimate details of cancer. See these here.

As the American Cancer Society phrases it best, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is “more than just a walk, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event describes the progress we’re making together to save lives by helping people get well, stay well, find cures and fight back.”

This year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will be a 5 mile non-competitive walk to be held Saturday, May 7, 2011. Registration will begin at 8:00am and start at 9:30am at the Rose Quarter Commons. Here are some ways to get involved. Read More

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Make a Quit Day – Join The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout

On November 18th, The American Cancer Society is hosting the 35th year of the Great American Smokeout, a day that encourages smokers to quit. If you are a smoker, this is your time to quit and setting a “quit date” is key.

Research shows that if you pick a quit day in the next 30 days and stick to it, you’ll be more likely to be successful. Read More

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Meals That Heal – Join us for a FREE cooking class and food tasting!

This week we kicked off our FREE Meals That Heal series with Legacy Health at The Portland Farmer’s Market, Shemanski Park. The series is focused on cancer fighting foods to help you learn to create healthy, delicious meals. There are three more events in the coming months so register today! Call 503-335-3500 or register online, click on add to my events list and continue registration. Read More