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Most Important Things You Should Know About Breast Cancer

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One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s why it’s important to know the facts about this disease. In this blog post, we will discuss the most important things that you should know about breast cancer. We will cover topics such as risk factors, early detection methods, and treatment options. We hope that this information will help you make informed decisions about your health!

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Valley employees walked for breast cancer at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk

Valley employees walked for breast cancer

photos courtesy of Valley’s Facebook Page

October 24,2016

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Ridgefield, NJ , Valley employees walked for breast cancer at the American Cancer Society‘s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, October 16 at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield, NJ! Our sponsored team, “Valley’s Breast Friends Forever (BFFs)”, was led by Sobeida Santana-Joseph, Manager, Oncology Services at The Valley Hospital Cancer Center. Funds raised by Valley are going towards groundbreaking cancer research and free educational material and services for those diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Simple Steps Women Can Take To Reduce The Odds Of Developing Breast Cancer


October 11,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, When it comes to breast-cancer prevention, most women are probably aware of the need for self examinations and mammograms, as well as awareness of a family history for breast cancer.

But other factors that can help women avoid breast cancer may not be as well known, or at least not as often discussed. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this might be the right time to discuss them.

“Although breast cancer is, rightfully, a significant concern, every woman should keep in mind that there are things in her control that can help reduce her odds of developing it,” says Dr. Pawan Grover (, who has treated cancer patients and has served as a medical correspondent for CNN and other news organizations.

For example, he says, it’s important to understand the effect estrogen has in increasing your risk of breast cancer – and how you might encounter estrogen more than you realize.

“What many women may not be aware of is that, because of the pesticides and hormones in our food, we are bombarded with estrogen,” Grover says.

That’s why diet, nutrition and exercise can be so important in breast-cancer prevention, he says. That may sound simple enough, but some people could be surprised at a few of the common things people routinely consume that may put women at greater risk for breast cancer.

No need to panic, though, Grover says. These items don’t need to be eliminated entirely from your diet, but a little moderation may be in order.

• Sugar. Many people already avoid sugar for other health reasons, but breast cancer could be added to the list of reasons, so it might be worthwhile to avoid or at least limit sugar intake, Grover says. Too much sugar leads to excess weight gain, and being overweight can increase the risk of breast cancer because fat cells make estrogen.
• Alcohol. Numerous studies have shown a connection between drinking alcohol and breast cancer. The more a woman drinks, the more the risk of breast cancer increases, according to the National Cancer Institute. For example, a woman who drinks more than three drinks a day is 1.5 more times likely to develop breast cancer than a woman who doesn’t drink.
• Soy. Studies have shown that soy could increase the risk of breast cancer because it can stimulate the genes that cause cancer to grow. But soy is likely not a problem if consumed in moderation. Although it’s unclear from research just how much of a concern soy should be, Grover suggests it doesn’t hurt to be cautious. “I would recommend minimizing it because there is still a question about the risk,” he says.

About 12 percent of women – or one in eight – will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime, according to About 40,450 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2016 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989.

There could be several reasons for that decline, including treatment advances, early detection and more public awareness.

“Regardless of statistics, the important thing to remember is that you can take a primary role in protecting your own health,” Pawan says. “Continue to educate yourself, adopt an overall healthy lifestyle and your odds of leading a long life will definitely go up.”

About Pawan Grover, M.D.

Dr. Pawan Grover (, who has more than 20 years of experience as a medical doctor, has served as a medical correspondent for CNN, NBC, CBS and PBS. He is a graduate of the Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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Cutting Sugar’s Umbilical Cord


April 4,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Once upon a time, sugar was mostly relegated to desserts. But now, excessive amounts can be found in our everyday foods and beverages, and it’s taking a toll, according to recently published studies.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center exposed high-sugar diets as major risks for cancer, especially breast cancer.
The Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience journal indicates that sugar may cause not only diabetes and obesity, but also brain defects similar to those triggered by stress or abuse.
Sugar accounts for much of our country’s weight gain and the rise of fatty liver disease.

“We already knew it was very bad for us, but alarming new evidence just keeps pouring in,” says nutritionist and juicing pioneer Cherie Calbom, MS, who is known as “The Juice Lady.”

“Despite the case against excessive sugar intake, we know its prevalent use remains in things like ketchup, yogurt, canned soup, salad dressing, tomato sauce, bread, granola bars – not to mention soda or dessert-style coffee beverages.”

That’s why Calbom suggests taking full control of the sugar in your diet by making your own meals, snacks and drinks. Her most recent book, “The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout” (, offers recipes for overcoming sugar.

Samples of her “Sugar Knockout” recipes include:

Curb your carb craving with a Jerusalem artichoke-based juice cocktail.Here’s a traditional remedy:

3-4 carrots
2 celery ribs
1 Jerusalem artichoke
1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
1 lemon, peeled if not organic
½ green apple

Wash produce first and, once juiced, drink as soon as possible.

Longing for dessert-time? Try a delicious alternative to traditional Chocolate Mousse.

1 medium avocado, ripe
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. coconut nectar or ¼ tsp. stevia
6 Tbsp. almond milk
Optional: pistachios, strawberries, raspberries or goji berries

Put large chunks of avocado flesh in the blender. Add the cocoa, sweetener and almond milk. Blend, starting on low and then moving to high speed until smooth. If the avocado is larger, you will need a bit more of each ingredient. If it is too thick, drizzle in a bit more almond milk. Add more cocoa or sweetener to taste. Refrigerate the mousse and serve cold. Top with nuts or berries.

“These recipes let you know that, once you decide to live without sugar, it’s deliciously possible,” Calbom says.

About Cherie Calbom, MSN (a.k.a. The Juice Lady)

Cherie Calbom holds a Master of Science degree in whole foods nutrition from Bastyr University. Known as “The Juice Lady” ( for her work with juicing and health, she is author of 31 books, with millions of copies sold worldwide. No stranger to healthy diet trends, Cherie joined George Foreman as nutritional spokesperson in the Knockout the Fat phenomena that forever changed grilling in America.

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Ridgewood Emergency Services volunteers wore special pink uniform shirts throughout the month of October as part of its annual campaign to raise awareness about Breast Cancer

Ridgewood Emergency Services volunteers
November 1st 2015
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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Emergency Services volunteers wore special pink uniform shirts throughout the month of October as part of its annual campaign to raise awareness about Breast Cancer. Volunteers are using the Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign to encourage members of the public to take steps that will help detect the disease in its early stages, including self-exams and regular mammograms. While a lot of progress has been made in increasing awareness about breast cancer and the benefits of early detection, there is still a long way to go in combating the disease.

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National Breast Cancer Expert to Speak in Ridgewood


National Breast Cancer Expert to Speak in Ridgewood

Valley and Susan Love, M.D. Invite You to an Update on Breast Cancer Nationally Known Breast Cancer Expert and Patient Advocate to Speak at the Ridgewood Library

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 1 in 8 (12 percent) of women in the US will develop breast cancer during their lifetime.

Information is your best weapon in the fight against breast cancer. To learn more, The Valley Hospital invites you to join Susan Love, M.D., nationally known breast cancer author and patient advocate, on Monday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgewood Public Library for An Update on Breast Cancer.

Please click here to read a story on Dr. Love that recently appeared in The New York Times’ esteemed Well column.

Dr. Love is one of the founders of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. As Chief Visionary Officer of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, she oversees an active research program centered on breast cancer cause and prevention.

She is best known as a trusted guide to women worldwide through her books, website and social media. The completely revised fifth edition of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book was referred to by the New York Times as “the bible for women with breast cancer.”

To register for the program, please call 1-800-VALLEY 1 (1-800-825-5391) or visit Space is limited so please register early to ensure a seat