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Wise Woman
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In This Issue…
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Do You Have the Answers on
Cancer?
(from quiz on page 12)
Cover photo: HAP members Maurini Strub
and Susan Greenbaum enjoy a bike ride at
Kensington Metropark.
Photo by: John Sobczak
Health
2
Answers on Cancer
Quiz Answers
3
When Is a Cough More
Than a Cough?
Why you
should never ignore a
lingering cough.
5
Not Tonight, Dear
Is menopause affecting your
libido? If so, what can you do?
6
Let’s Talk Holidays
What’s important to you this
coming holiday season?
8
Diagnosis: Diabetes
How one Wise Woman is
coping with Type 2 diabetes.
11
HAP Introduces Assist
America
12
Do You Have the
Answers on Cancer?
Find out with our quiz.
Members
4
Women Helping Women
HAP Wise Woman
readers
share their lifestyle tips.
4
You Ask, We Answer
HAP answers your questions.
Nutrition
5
Vitamin E …
For Easy Does It
Find out how much you need.
10
Sweet Potato or Pumpkin
Dip
Enjoy this easy-to-fix and
tempting snack, compliments
of Chef Paul Penney.
Advice
3
Wise Woman Recommends
Check out
The Happiness
Project
by Gretchen Rubin.
7
Planes, Trains and
Automobiles
How to enjoy
safe and stress-free travel this
holiday season.
10
Ask Zonya
Fitness
9
The Mall: Your Free Fitness
Center
Make a mall walk work
for you.
Events
11
Upcoming Events
Special Insert
Survey
Editorial Staff:
Editor
Amy Strauss
Editorial Advisors
Tiffany Baker
Gina Jones
Terri Kachadurian
Irita Matthews, M.P.H., J.D.
Donna M. Nuznoff
Susan Schwandt, A.P.R.
Marketing Staff:
Director
Anita Landino
Senior Marketing Specialist
Meribeth Tyszkiewicz
2
Cancer Quiz Answers:
1. False.
Smoking, sun exposure and poor
diet can all cause cancer or combine with
family history to increase your risk.
2. True.
70 percent of women diagnosed each year
are over 50.
3. False.
Tumors may be benign
or malignant (cancerous). Benign tumors are
formed by non-cancerous cells, do not spread
and are most often not life threatening.
4. False.
Symptoms like unexplained weight
loss, persistent fatigue, headaches or
cough, lumps, changes in a mole, difficulty
swallowing are some symptoms that signal
cancer.
5. True.
Technology has evolved
to enable earlier diagnosis and improved
treatment.
6. True.
Family history and a
personal history of breast cancer increase
a woman’s risk for ovarian cancer.