Archive for April, 2013

Find a Need and Fill It; Suggestions On How and Where You Can Volunteer

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by BrevardBlogger 6 Comments

National Volunteer Week happens every April, but the need for great volunteers is year-round. Brevard Medical Equipment wants to “volunteer” some ideas on how and where you can volunteer our time to help others.

Not only does volunteering help those in your community, but it also gives you a healthy boost of optimism and happiness.

There are 168 hours in every week.  What if you gave one, five or even 10 hours of your week to volunteering? If you live in a community, any community, big or small, rural or urban, there are places and times to volunteer. Not sure how to start or where to go?  Here are some tips on finding where and how to get involved.

1. If you like books, ask your local library for volunteer opportunities. From putting away books to reading to children, they have a spot for you.

2. Your church or synagogue will always welcome free help. Ask about teaching a class, helping in the nursery, working in the kitchen for funerals and special events, or with mailings in the office.

3. Soup kitchens and food pantries are always in need of drivers to pick up donated food, organize shelves, pack food boxes and serve meals.

4. Meals on Wheels. Check with your local Area on Aging Agency. You’ll be delivering food and a friendly face to someone who may not have another visitor that day.

5. Do you like animals? Talk to our local animal shelter. They always have dogs to walk and cats to play with. Consider fostering an animal. Think bigger and consider volunteering with a local therapeutic horse riding stable or wildlife rescue group.

6. Senior Citizen Centers and Nursing Homes are great places to volunteer. Play games, read a book or newspapers to residents, sing or play the piano.

Brevard Medical Equipment offers this list to get you thinking, but the possibilities are endless. We enjoy being part of this community and see people and groups with need every day. Tell us where and how you volunteer in the community so we can share with others and how volunteering has changed your life!

Minorities and Cancer; the Fight to Close the Racial Gap and Saving Lives

Posted on: April 17th, 2013 by BrevardBlogger 3 Comments

Cancer can affect anyone from the youngest babies and children all the way up to the oldest citizens, but some minority groups have higher occurrence rates and lower survival rates than others.  Brevard Medical Equipmentwants everyone to have the best health possible and encourages healthy lifestyles, disease management and cancer screenings for all people.

Certain racial and ethnic groups are at risk for various types of cancers more than others.

The third week of April of each year is set aside as National Minority Cancer Awareness Week to bring awareness to these discrepancies and open dialogues about improving the health of all people. The research done on these cancer-affected groups focuses on both the rate of getting diagnosed with cancer and the survival rates.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cancer death rates for women are highest among blacks, followed by whites, Hispanics, and Asian/Pacific Islanders.

Cancer diagnosis rates versus survival rates among African-Americans are alarming and show a large discrepancy compared to white Americans.

  • African-American women are 40 percent more likely to develop cervical cancer caused by the STD human papillomavirus (HPV), and 20 percent more likely to die from it compared to white women.
  • Although African-Americans are 10 times less likely to get skin cancer than whites, they have more complications and higher death rates.
  • African-American men were almost twice as likely to have new cases of stomach cancer as white men.
  • African-American women are twice as likely to have been diagnosed with stomach cancer as white women, and they are about 2.5 times as likely to die from stomach cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white women.

Cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics (heart disease causes the most deaths among blacks and whites). Poverty and reduced access to medical services worsen the Hispanic cancer burden resulting in Hispanics have lower cancer screening rates and are diagnosed with cancer at later stages, when treatment options are more limited and less successful.

Although Hispanics have a lower risk than whites or blacks for the most common types of cancer (lung, breast, prostate, and colon), they have a higher risk for cancers related to infectious agents like the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV related cervical cancer incidence rates among Hispanic women are about 60% higher than those among non-Hispanic whites.

Lifestyle changes and screenings are the best weapons against cancer. Follow-up care is vital for those that have been diagnosed and are being treated or any types of cancer. For people living with cancer, Brevard Medical Equipment has equipment and supplies to improve your life. Please see us for wheelchairs, hospital beds, oxygen and respiratory equipment or anything else that will make the journey through cancer safer and more comfortable.