A healthier future for you and your children

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and, while this disease is serious and at times life threatening, it should not be looked at with fear. We at the Polk County Medical Association (PCMA) are here to help educate and equip the members of our community to live healthier lives, and subsequently, hopefully prevent serious illnesses such as these.

Cancer is a disease that fortunately can be treated when it is detected before it reaches a critical stage.  With modern advancements in screening and treatment, more people today can proudly say they are cancer survivors.  For this reason alone, it is important to have an annual physical and follow current cancer screening guidelines.  Taking these simple preventive measures will mean the difference between life and death for some individuals.

In this edition of Central Florida Health News, you’ll read about some preventive measures you can take to reduce your risk for breast cancer (as well as other serious diseases). You’ll also read about one cancer survivor’s experience and how she was once a skeptic of the self-breast exam.

In addition, this month also addresses another important issue that can have a serious effect on our future: our children’s health. Dr. Ulyee Choe, the director of the Department of Health in Polk County and a PCMA member, discusses the rising concern for childhood obesity in our community, and what you can do to help turn it around now so that our children might have a healthier future.

Last, but certainly not least, our Fourth Annual Casino Night fundraiser is just around the corner! You’re invited to join us on Saturday, October 25, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. for a night that will be filled with casino table games (mock money, don’t worry!), a silent auction, music, food, drinks, and more!  SoniArvindThe event is being hosted by Fields Motorcars Mercedes Benz and will be held in the comfort of their luxurious showroom, which is located at 4141 North Florida Avenue in Lakeland.  Proceeds will go straight to We Care of Polk County and the Polk County Medical Foundation.  Only with your help can we provide local families in need the specialty medical care that they otherwise could not obtain.  Come out for an evening full of fun at an event whose impact will last even after the night is over.  For more ticket or sponsor information, please contact Jackie Courtney in our office at (863) 644-4051 or email director@polkcountydoctors.com.


Arvind B. Soni, M.D.
Director of Radiation Oncology
St. Joseph’s Hospital, BayCare Health System
President, Polk County Medical Association

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