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  • Methods of detection

     By Buster Thompson

    Finding cancer early makes it easier to treat before it spreads. Along with self- or clinical examinations for abnormal tissue, breast cancer can be detected in different ways, known as screening tests.

    Here are some summaries of different screening tests available to detect breast cancer, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health:

  • Just the facts


    • Breast cancer incidence in women has increased from 1 in 20 in 1960 to 1 in 8 today.

    •  For women in the United States, breast cancer death rates are higher than any other cancer, besides lung cancer. 

    •  Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. More than 1 in 4 cancers are breast cancer. 

  • Real men wear pink

    Members of Williston Fire Rescue Station 72 have picked up the challenge for Pink Heals Cares Enough to Wear Pink during the month of October.

    This year, members are selling t-shirts at the fire department and all money raised from the sales will go to River O’Rourke, the daughter of Robert and Hattie O’Rourke, who live in the Williston area.

  • Do your part to stop the thief that robs us all

    Breast cancer is a horribly wicked thing. 

    It is a thief. In addition to the horrendous side effects that often accompany treatment, it also strips you of your dignity, your humanity. It robs you of your joy, your livelihood, your relationships. It takes away the ability to connect; it pillages your finances and it destroys who you once were.

    If you don’t believe me, ask anyone who has gone through it. Or anyone who has loved someone who battled it.

  • Don't be a statistic

     This year more than 246,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in American women. That’s 2,000 more cases than in 2013.

    Additionally, 61,000 new cases of carcinoma in situ, a noninvasive cancer that is the earliest form of breast cancer, will be diagnosed.

    More than 40,450 women will die this year from breast cancer, another increase since 2013.

    One out of eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

  • Levy down from TS storm warning to watch

     Levy County has been dropped from a Tropical Storm Warning to Watch status as of 11:26 Friday morning, good news for residents fearing the effects of Hurricane Matthew as he headed up the East Coast of Florida.

  • Emergency Management 11 a.m. update

    Here's the latest from the Levy County Emergency Management Department:

    • Levy County is under a Tropical Storm Warning and the county can expect 30 mph winds with 50 mph gusts. But if Hurricane Matthew moves any more to the west, residents need to be prepared for higher winds. This storm's path could change at the last minute.

    • This is not expected to be a rainfall event. 

  • Schools close Friday

    Here is the latest from the Levy County Emergency Management and the next update will come at 11 a.m. after a briefing:

    "There is not much change in the track (of Hurricane Matthew) and we expected that, said David Peaton, assistant director at LCEM. 

  • Class of 1966 celebrates 50 years
  • 'I am not a drunk or grouch'

    Most people wouldn't care that people who pass them on the street think they're unfriendly.

    But Archie (Butch) MacKenzie isn't most people.

    In 2005, Butch, 84,  had a stroke that has rendered him dizzy every day since. The dizziness makes getting around difficult.

    Butch moved to Williston a year ago from New Hampshire and walks every day for his health.