Baldwin Area Medical Center to hold Women’s Cancer Prevention Event
In an attempt to increase the number of women who come in for their annual exams, the Baldwin Area Medical Center is holding a Women’s Cancer Prevention Event on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in its Mattison Conference Room.
“We have noticed that a lot of women don’t come in for their annual checkup, so we decided to put together this event to try and get them to come in to get their exams,” said Jessica Bohren, a Certified Nurse Midwife at Baldwin Area Medical Center. “Women of any age, from teenagers to older women, should be seen every year.”
The event will feature cancer prevention presentations, health and wellness tips, cooking demonstrations, chair massages, Mammograms (not required) and healthy appetizers. Pre-registration is required, which is when women can sign up to get a mammogram done.
“[Jessica and I] have studied women’s health in depth and that is what makes us different than other practitioners,” said Linda Lindquist, a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Baldwin Area Medical Center. “What we try to do is encourage women to get their yearly exams and take care of themselves.”
The Baldwin Area Medical Center put on a similar heart-health event in February, which went over well and led to the decision to put together this cancer event for women.
“We have never done an event like this before for women and cancer, but we have wanted to do an event for women on how to be healthy for a while,” Baldwin Area Medical Center Director of Marketing and Communications Amanda Gustafson said. “We just added two women’s health providers (Bohren and Lindquist) over the last year in the hopes of being able to do more events like this in that area of health.”
Lindquist is one of four presenters who will be talking at the event. The topic of her presentation is “Mars vs. Venus: The Gender Gap in Health.” Other presenters, all from the Baldwin Area Medical Center, include Dr. Clint Semrau (“Breast Health”), Beverly Green, a licensed clinical social worker (“Mindfulness and Meditation: What is it and How it Helps”), and Cheri Rott, a registered dietitian (“Super foods for Cancer Prevention”).
“Women take care of everything else and feel like they are fine even when they aren’t,” Bohren said. “But women can head off some things if they come in early and get themselves checked out on a yearly basis. If you take care of yourself you will be better able to take care of the other people in our life.”
According to Lindquist, insurance is generally cheaper for women because they tend to take more preventative measures than men to ensure their good health.
“It is important to come in and head off any concerns or issues you might have before they become big problems,” Lindquist said. “We are here to listen and take care of you, so don’t be afraid to get a checkup or come in if you have any concerns.”
To register for the event, call 715-684-8680 or go to healthybaldwin.org.