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November marks awareness for diabetes and pancreatic cancer

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The month of November marks a time for additional awareness about two potentially life threatening diseases andamp;#8212; diabetes and pancreatic cancer. In acknowledgment, Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS) will offer a free speaking engagement with Diabetes Director Gina Barta, M.D., Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Health andamp; Sports Performance, 10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.Dr. Bartaandamp;#8217;s diabetes talk, andamp;#8220;Whoandamp;#8217;s at Risk for Diabetes/Pre-Diabetesandamp;#8221; will address the following topics: What can be done to reduce the risk for developing diabetes and further complications of the disease and how to set realistic goals for physical activity. She will give hand-outs to include healthy holiday recipes and information on weight loss and exercise classes. Dr. Bartaandamp;#8217;s most important advice for fighting diabetes include the benefits of an annual primary care physician and screening lab visits. For more information, call 530-582-3769. andamp;#8220;Nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes, and an additional 57 million Americans are at risk,andamp;#8221; said Dr. Barta. andamp;#8220;Education is the most effective way to control this disease. If current trends continue, one out of every three children born today will face a future with diabetes.andamp;#8221;The month of November also acknowledges survivors, patients and family and friends who have struggled with pancreatic cancer. Statics are alarming, but can be overcome. This year 32,180 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 31,800 will die from the disease; only 23 percent diagnosed will live a year from diagnosis, and only four percent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will live to the five year survival rate.Each year Tahoe Forest Health System coordinates the annual Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Classic charity event honoring the life of legendary NFL Player Gene Upshaw, who died of pancreatic cancer on Aug. 21, 2008 at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee at age 63. The proceeds of this annual event provide a new source of funding for pancreatic cancer research through the Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research along with benefiting Tahoe Forest Health System. In July 2010, Terri Upshaw, Gene Upshawandamp;#8217;s wife, presented a $58,000 check to Dr. Thomas Semrad, who is with the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of California at Davis Medical Center. Dr. Semrad was recognized as a high quality Pancreatic Cancer junior researcher and as a doctor who will make a notable difference in the field of Pancreatic Cancer research. Preliminary proceeds for this yearandamp;#8217;s charity tournament were estimated to be more than $100,000. Visit http://www.gu63.org or call Martha Simon, chief development officer, Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation, at 530-582-6329. The Tahoe Forest Cancer Center is a proud affiliate of the UC Davis Cancer Network, an organization that unites five hospital-based cancer centers for the purpose of delivering high quality cancer care in rural settings. This partnership is a direct outcome of UC Davisandamp;#8217; national leadership in cancer care. Tahoe Forest Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art therapy with the most appropriate and current cancer diagnostic and therapeutic modalities to ensure the highest standard of care.Tahoe Forest Cancer Center is located at 10956 Donner Pass Road, Suite 330, Truckee.Visit http://www.TahoeCancerCenter.com or call 530-582-6450. For more information about Tahoe Forest Health System, visit http://www.tfhd.com.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com