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BSC Associate Degree Nursing Students Participate in Community Health Fair at Mercer Mall (w/photo)

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    Thursday, May 05 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

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Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students (left-to-right) Martha Aldridge, Mary Phillips, Christina Lilly and Melissa Minnix are pictured during the recent Community Health Fair at Mercer Mall.  BSC ADN students took part in the daylong program that focused upon patient education, screening and early detection of health conditions of concern.

(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing students met and assisted nearly 200 area residents during a recent Community Health Fair at Mercer Mall.  The daylong event was focused upon patient education, screening and early detection of health conditions of concern.

“Our exhibits focused on primary and secondary prevention of breast cancer, diabetes, prostate and testicular cancer, stroke, hypertension, skin cancer and endometrial and cervical cancer,” Sandra Wynn (BSC Associate Degree Nursing Program Director) said.

Screenings were conducted on site for hypertension, diabetes, and skin cancer.  “Some of those who visited the booth discovered for the first time that they may have diabetes or hypertension,” Wynn continued.  “Both of these are considered to be silent killers, because an individual may have either disease for five years or longer before it is detected.  By that time, damage to major organs of the body has already occurred.”

Wynn said that the early screenings offered by the BSC nursing students during the Community Health Fair are an effective way to prevent health complications and help individuals enjoy a healthier life.