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    Stay in the Pink with Breast Health

    Last updated 8 days ago


    It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we need to all stay in the pink when it comes to breast health.  This national campaign is aimed at reducing deaths caused by breast cancer through early detection and treatment.  In 2013 the American Cancer Society estimated there would be over 232,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women in the U.S., with almost 40,000 of those fatal.

    We know that with your busy life, thinking about things like regular self-exams and your annual mammogram can get pushed to the back of your mind, covered up with all of your other responsibilities.  But if you want your life to glide along with family, friends, work, and play, being proactive in protecting your health is paramount. 

    And here’s something most of us NEVER think about.  Men get breast cancer too.  It’s rare but it happens.  In fact about 1% of all breast cancer occurs in men – generally aged 60-70.  So while you’re taking care of your own breast health, it makes sense to think about men in your life and encourage them to speak to their own physicians about any symptoms like lumps or pain they may be experiencing.

    In the fight against cancer, the most effective weapons we have are knowledge and action.  Be knowledgeable about your own body through regular self-exams.  Take action by making an appointment for your mammogram based on your physician’s guidance.  And if there’s any indication that you may have breast cancer, work with your physician to receive early, effective treatment.  It can save your life.

    For information on mammography services at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, or for a referral to a qualified physician, call our free health information line at 1-850-864-0213.

    FWBMC Team Has Passion for Babies' Good Health

    Last updated 11 days ago


    Taking care of our tiniest and most vulnerable patients is a passion for the staff at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. As the only Level II NICU in the tri-county area, this team of neonatologists, neonatal nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacy staff offer the highest level of care possible to premature and critically ill babies.

    They know this is an incredibly challenging time for the entire family, and since opening the unit in September 2007, their focus has been on providing the support and compassion needed to help everyone involved as baby recovers. They also know how important prenatal care is to ensuring babies get the best start possible. That’s why supporting efforts by the March of Dimes to reduce premature births and birth defects are a big deal at FWBMC.

    Led by the NICU staff, FWBMC will participate as a team in this year’s March of Dimes – March for Babies to be held on Saturday, November 1st at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. Registration is at 9:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. NICU graduates and their families will join hospital staff as they rally for this important cause. You can be a part of it as well. If you’d like to donate to the hospital’s walk team, you can go online to and make a contribution.

    Whether you join a team, make a contribution or cheer on walkers as they make their way through downtown Fort Walton Beach, be a part of this important annual event to help babies have a healthy start in life.

    Pink Flamingos Converge on Twin Cities Hospital and Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Don’t panic; you still have time to adopt your flamingo and show your support for breast cancer awareness!  Twin Cities Hospital and Fort Walton Beach Medical Center have over 450 pink flamingos ready and waiting to be adopted into a loving family.  For a $15 donation, you can pick up your flamingo at either of our hospital facilities.  All proceeds will directly benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events.

    But you say a pink flamingo won’t look right in your yard or patio?  That’s OK.  It’s not really about the flamingos – although we think they are pretty darn cute.  It’s about raising much needed funds to help in the fight against this deadly disease.  The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer—all through research, education, advocacy, and service. 

    Your $15 donation for that flamingo will directly benefit a breast cancer patient who needs your help.  So maybe a pink flamingo doesn’t go with your décor, but it certainly does go with your desire to help, right? Bet you can’t wait to donate now!  Flamingos are available in the Business Offices of both Twin Cities Hospital and Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.  It’s all part of Standing Up to Breast Cancer.  We put the flamingos out on the hospital property and then they get to go live somewhere else – all while spreading the word about breast cancer awareness.  And of course you are welcome to more than one; we think owning a flock of them would be pretty cool!

    Now for some news on an exciting upcoming event: Thursday, October 9th, join us for a free Standing Up to Breast Cancer Dinner at the Holiday Inn on Okaloosa Island from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  Guest speakers will include: Dr. Tara Harden, General Surgeon, and Billie Chappell and Okaloosa County Commissioner Dave Parisot, both breast cancer survivors. Reservations are required and seating is limited; call 1-855-614-7274 to reserve your seat today.

    Back to the flamingos.  Remember to swing by the Twin Cities Hospital or Fort Walton Beach Medical Center to pick up your pink bird and help further the cause of ensuring all women and men have access to life saving cancer screenings and treatment options.

    Get Up and Move!!

    Last updated 25 days ago


    Just do it!  You don’t have to wait until tomorrow or until you’ve successfully carved out an hour five days a week to start making a difference in your physical health.  Take five minutes right now and get moving.  That’s the message of the America On the Move Foundation which celebrates September as its month of action.

    You know that if you sit on your rear-end all day long, whether it’s at a desk or on the couch, your body is suffering.  But did you know that even small incremental changes in your activities can result in improvements?  The effect of exercise is cumulative.  You can walk for five minutes today, add five minutes tomorrow, skip the next day, ride your bike for 20 minutes the next, and you’ve made a difference.  It all adds up.

    The concept here is to combine getting more active – again no matter how much – and healthier eating to create a better you.  If you think about a massive change in how you do things it might be overwhelming and you might stay stuck in that rut that’s got your body sagging.  Instead, why don’t you embrace that hectic life you lead and think of ways to incorporate a little movement into what you’re already doing.  Have you tried marching in place at your desk while taking a call or better yet, doing it while you’re watching your favorite show on TV?

    And more power to you if you can get into a full blown work-out routine.  But don’t let a busy schedule or lack of exercise equipment keep you from moving that body!  The worst thing you can do is assume that because you aren’t a member of a gym, it won’t make a difference.  Remember it all adds up.  Do your body a favor and celebrate America on the Move month!

    For information on programs at our hospital that can help you get up and move, call our free physician referral and health information line at 1-850-864-0213.

    Are Your Ovaries Talking to You?

    Last updated 1 month ago


    In our heads we know that getting regular check-ups and paying attention to our bodies is vital to staying healthy and living a long and joyful life.  But sometimes we put off talking with our doctors about little changes in our bodies that may seem like no big deal, but in reality could point to something serious.

    This month is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and it’s important to know the symptoms of this disease which is the 5th leading cause of cancer deaths in women.  The American Cancer Society says that an estimated 22,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year.  The biggest threat of ovarian cancer is not catching it in its early stages when the survival rate is 90%.  Instead, because women don’t go to their doctors when symptoms begin, only 19% of cases are found early.  When ovarian cancer is in stage III or higher, the survival rate drops as low as 30%.

    So what are the symptoms that should have you picking up the phone and making an appointment with your physician? 

    ·         Bloating

    ·         Pelvic or abdominal pain

    ·         Trouble eating or feeling full quickly

    ·         Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often

    ·         Fatigue

    ·         Upset stomach or heartburn

    ·         Back pain

    ·         Pain during sex

    ·         Constipation or menstrual changes


    If you have any one, or a combination of these symptoms that occur for more than two weeks, make that call!  Besides just making you feel miserable, whether it’s cancer or not, you know something is wrong if these symptoms persist.  Listen to your body and make the call!  

    If you need more information on ovarian cancer, or a referral to a qualified physician, call our free health information line at 1-850-864-0213.


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