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Hospital counselor to use library seminar for women’s health recommendations

Published 4:01pm Friday, October 18, 2013

MADISON – Sandra Cross will leave her office at Huntsville Hospital to share her work for women’s health in a session at Madison Public Library.

Sandra Cross with Huntsville Hospital will speak at Madison Public Library on Oct. 30 at noon. (CONTRIBUTED)
Sandra Cross with Huntsville Hospital will speak at Madison Public Library on Oct. 30 at noon. (CONTRIBUTED)

This session will continue the series of events for the Huntsville Hospital Community Health Initiative that has been launched with Madison Public Library.

Cross will lead the “October Health Matters” program in a discussion of recommendations for women’s health and dealing with breast cancer. The free seminar is scheduled for Oct. 30 at noon at the library, 130 Plaza Blvd., assistant branch manager Teresa Allison said.

Both men and women are welcome to attend the session, considering the disease can threaten both genders.

Cross works as breast health navigator in the Huntsville Hospital Breast Center. “I counsel patients after diagnosis with breast cancer, go over their pathology report and help them navigate the decision process,” Cross said. Cross personally realizes the disease’s seriousness because four of her aunts have had breast cancer.

“Huntsville Hospital is truly about prevention and taking care of our patients and individuals who are unfortunate to be sick,” Cross said. “Huntsville Hospital is very community-oriented and takes pride in doing this. It’s a big part of whom we are.”

For the library seminar, Cross wants to educate the public about the 15 different types of breast cancer, early detection methods and self-examination. “All of these cancers look different. The fingerprints of a patient’s breast cancer dictates the treatment she will get.”

She also will discuss diet during breast cancer recovery and post-operation procedures.

In other fundraising events for cancer, Huntsville Hospital was involved with Tennis for Ta-Tas that benefited cancer patient assistance with the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund. “This fund pays only for expenses, like car payments or house payments, if the patient can’t work or can spend limited time at work,” Cross said.

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