Baptist Healthy Communities

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November Roundup

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. And the Mid-South has a higher rate of lung cancer deaths than the rest of the country, with Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee ranking second, third and fourth in per-capita U.S. lung cancer deaths. Baptist Cancer Center aims to change that.

Baptist Cancer Center recently announced a multifaceted initiative called the Mid-South Miracle aimed at reducing lung cancer deaths in the Mid-South 25% by 2030.

The initiative comprises seven components that will address prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer through smoking cessation, low-dose CT screening, algorithmic management of incidentally detected lung nodules, multidisciplinary decision-making and care, high-quality surgical care, high-quality pathologic evaluation, including biomarker testing, and expanded access to innovative treatment through clinical trials.

When it comes to lung cancer, it is always better to know than not know. Studies show that screening for cancer, especially if you are at high risk for it, can often make the difference between life and death. Take our questionnaire to see if you will benefit from lung cancer screening:

What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

Lung cancer does not typically show signs or symptoms until the disease has progressed. When symptoms of lung cancer do appear, they vary from patient to patient, but commonly include the following:

  • Development of a cough
  • Changes in an existing chronic cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Hoarseness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Frequent lung infections (bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.)
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Bone pain

What are the risk factors and causes of lung cancer?

More than 80% of lung cancer is caused by cigarette smoking. If you currently smoke and are interested in quitting, call your physician or Baptist Cancer Center to learn about smoking cessation.

Other risk factors of lung cancer include:

  • Family history
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Exposure to radon
  • Exposure to asbestos
  • Exposure to other chemicals and pollutants

If symptoms indicate a type of lung cancer as a possible diagnosis, your physician will recommend a series of diagnostic tests. These tests may include chest X-rays or other imaging tests, tests on sputum, or mucus produced by the lungs and/or a biopsy.

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Health News and Information

Give Blood and Win

Vitalant is in critical need for O+ blood, so to encourage donations during this time, every presenting donor through Dec. 5 will receive a $5 Amazon gift card, redeemable by email. And each donor has a chance to win one of four weekly grand prize Amazon gift cards worth $500–$1,500. The sooner you donate, the more chances you will have to qualify for a maximum of four chances to win, so schedule your donation appointment by visiting

Consider Type 2 Diabetes This Holiday Season

The holiday and winter season can be particularly challenging when it comes to health. With tempting goodies and more indoor time, it’s harder to maintain a healthy weight. But after the season is over, health problems may develop if the holiday behaviors continue. We encourage you to make plans now to manage your health during the holidays and consider your Type 2 diabetes risk. For more information and a link to an assessment to determine your own risk for developing diabetes, please visit

Aim to Maintain

Aim to Maintain is back for the 2021 holiday season, and offering virtual resources to help you maintain your health throughout the holidays. Daily routines during the holidays can become non-existent with the hustle and bustle of winter break, holiday parties and shopping. Personal fitness routines are often the first things to be neglected during the holiday months.

The Kroc Center and Baptist Memorial Health Care are collaborating to bring you fitness classes, wellness challenges, health and wellness tips and the opportunity to win prizes for the new year. Identify your goal and join us through the new year as we aim to maintain a focus on health and wellness.

Challenges and wellness tips will be posted weekly on Kroc and Baptist’s social media channels for participants to follow and stay informed. Complete these challenges to be entered in the prize drawing and to stay on track with your fitness throughout the holidays!

Click here for more information and to learn how to enter:

Baptist Operation Outreach Tree of Faith, Hope & Love

Bring light and comfort to a homeless person in need this holiday season by donating to Baptist Operation Outreach’s Tree of Faith, Hope & Love. This year, the Tree of Faith, Hope & Love campaign is accepting monetary gifts to help purchase items for special gifts of appreciation and affirmation. These gifts will be distributed to homeless patients throughout the winter months while supplies last. Your donations will go directly to purchasing items for patients, including a $10 Kroger gift card and warm clothing accessories needed for winter months, such as socks, scarves, hats and gloves.

There are two easy ways to donate to the Tree of Faith, Hope & Love campaign:

  1. Complete our easy online donation form.
  2. Donate through Venmo and designate your gift to Baptist Operation Outreach in the notes section.

For more information, please contact Ann Marie Wallace at or visit

Group Vaccinations Available

If your community or church group has at least 35 members who want to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Baptist can schedule an on-site vaccination event. To schedule your group, please contact

For information on the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, clink on the link below:

Dates for Your Calendar

Starting a Journey to Better Health: Men’s Health Initiative

Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 4-8 p.m.
First Baptist Church Broad, 2835 Broad Ave., Memphis, TN 38112

Event Schedule

4–6 p.m.: Free biometric health screenings with lipid profile, body mass index assessment, blood pressure checks, health history review (It is recommended to have a light, healthy lunch and fast four hours prior to having your lipid profile test for best results.)

6–6:30 p.m.: Dinner and prize drawing winners announced

6:30–7:30 p.m.: Starting A Journey To Better Health Roundtable discussion with speakers Rev. Keith Norman, vice president/chief government affairs and community relations officer at Baptist Memorial Health Care and Dr. David Conner, director of emergency medicine at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton

7:30–8 p.m.: Program highlights with prizes for six-month commitments and final prize drawings of the night

Contact Nick Weaver at 901-227-3519 or with questions or to RSVP with your name, phone number, e-mail address and age.

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Health Resources

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Get Connected

For more information, or to make sure your faith organization is on our list, please call 901-227-3512 or email Ann Marie Wallace at


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