Sandra Ann Stom, RN, BSN is our certified Nurse Specialist/Educator and Case Manager. To be certified, Ms. Stom completed EduCare's breast health management training program. Her role is to coordinate the clinical, educational and support needs with patients, answering basic questions and providing personal monitoring. Ms. Stom is available to provide you with free educational information about breast health concerns, disease, sources of support and services available through DRMC and through the community. We have a health resource library covering pertinent topics such as menopause, osteoporosis and nutrition.
Breast Care Services and DRMC want to ensure your total needs are met in a timely manner, your questions answered correctly and your possible confusion, fears and anxiety are not ignored. We are dedicated to the overall well-being of the patients we serve. We can advise women on all the new advances and developments in breast health. By understanding your treatment options, you become an active participant in decisions along with maintaining a sense of control to you life.
Ms. Stom is available to speak about Breast Care Services and to teach breast self-exam at your next group meeting. For further information, please call 814-375-4063.
Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling
No one can predict exactly who will develop breast cancer, however there are ways to help protect yourself.
The following factors put you at higer risk for developing breast cancer:
• Being age 50 or over;
• Having an inherited gene mutation, like BRCA1 or BRCA2 (BR=breast, CA=cancer) genes;
• Family or personal history of breast cancer;
• Being overweight.
Other minor factors include:
• Being of white race;
• Early onset of menses (before age 12);
• Late onset of menopause (after age 55);
• Late age of first childbirth (after age 30);
• No pregnancies;
• Never breastfeeding a child;
• Use of oral contraceptives;
• Use of estrogen replacement therapy for more than five years;
• History of endometrial, ovarian or colon cancer.
Some of these factors cannot be controlled. Luckily, you can make many lifestyle choices, such as losing weight, daily physical activity, eating a mostly plant-based diet and using alcohol in moderation to reduce your breast cancer risk.
DRMC has staff available to speak with you about any diet, nutrition and lifestyle counseling issues. Please call us at Breast Care Services to learn more at 814-375-4063.