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At the upcoming Sept. 24, Ladies Night Out program, the topic will be cervical health and ovarian cancer. Guest speakers will be Dr. Carole Peterson and Dr. Ladson Gaddy-Dubac. Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When found in its early stages, treatment is more likely to be successful.


Debra Snider joined Angel Medical Center on July 8 as the Physician Operations Director.

Snider is from the eastern part of North Carolina where she worked as the Hospitalist Group Practice Manager and director of the Columbus Regional Physician Network.

Snider is originally from Stuebenville, Ohio, and has been in North Carolina for the past 20 years. She and husband, Chuck, have three children and four grandchildren.

Snider’s interests inaclude snow, whitewater rafting, the beach, reading, and being involved in community and church activities.


Editor’s note: September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Charles C. Thomas of the Macon Cancer Center shares information on its prevention and treatment.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in this country. It will affect about one in six men in their lifetime. I have practiced medicine for greater than 30 years, and as a young man, this was most commonly diagnosed by producing urinary obstruction or the cancer spreading to bony structures and producing severe pain in the back, pelvis and hips.

All cancers have two basic properties. They have local invasive and destructive growth, much like ivy or kudzu in your yard, and they have the ability to make cells or seeds that spread to distant body sites and these are called metastases.


Macon County Public Health would like to remind residents that September is National Preparedness Month and is a good time to prepare – not only for the next hurricane or flood – but for any emergency that might put you and your family at risk. In today’s world, emergencies can happen unexpectedly, whether caused by disease outbreak, hurricane, wildfire, severe weather, earthquake or an act of terrorism.

Melissa Leatherman, Preparedness Coordinator for Macon County Public Health reminds residents that, “police, fire, and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster so the most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care in the event you must go without electricity, water service, and access to local services for three days.”


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