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Officials at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, located between the towns of Highlands and Cashiers in Western North Carolina, have decided to pursue an affiliation with Mission Health. Highlands-Cashiers Hospital’s Board of Directors voted to support the pursuit of an agreement with Mission Health as presented at the Hospital Board of Directors retreat on Sept. 27.

“As Highlands-Cashiers Hospital looks toward our future, our plans need to align with the principles of our mission,” said Charles V. Sheehan, chairman of the Hospital’s Board of Directors. “By pursuing an agreement with Mission Health, we seek to continue providing outstanding, compassionate healthcare services to all, but with access to an integrated clinical network and expanded medical resources.”


Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer in men. The risk of developing prostate cancer is highest in blacks, lower in whites and lowest in American Indians and Asians. Most men with prostate cancer are over the age of 65. Having a close relative with prostate cancer increases one’ s risk of developing prostate cancer. Although obesity does not increase prostate cancer risk, obese men who develop prostate cancer are more likely to die from it.

Testing for prostate cancer antigen (PSA) in tandem with palpation of the prostate allows physicians to identify men who are at high risk for prostate cancer. Some men with an elevated PSA or an abnormal prostate exam have prostate cancer that has already become incurable by the time it is found. Other men who undergo screening for prostate cancer have cancer cells that are incapable of spreading to other parts of the body. In either case, screening for prostate cancer would not be beneficial. For this reason experts recommend that men consult with a physician before pursuing screening tests for prostate cancer.


The leaves are changing colors and temperatures are dropping. One thing that remains the same is the constant need for blood. The American Red Cross asks donors to “Give Something That Means Something” for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card useable toward gas, rent, food or tickets to your favorite concert or sporting event.

The “Give Something That Means Something” promotion, which runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, gives each person who presents to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross a chance to win a $1,000 American Express gift card.


At the upcoming Sept. 25 Ladies Night Out Program, the topic will be cardiovascular disease with Dr. Kit Helm as the guest speaker.

Cardiovascular disease, also called heart disease, generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain or stroke. Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States and is also a major cause of disability.


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