The Tuesday October 11, 2016 edition of the Carroll County Times is our annual focus on cancer with stories of survivors and efforts to fight the illness.

Bras for a cause: Support for survivors from Mount Airy to Mississippi

Vicki Pocock has long operated a small alterations business out of her home off Talbot Run Road. Now she is putting her sewing skills to use for breast cancer survivors, sewing pockets that can hold a breast prosthetic onto donated bras for low income and uninsured women who have had a mastectomy.

Two-time breast cancer survivor Peggy James: 'Don't give into it'

"I tell people I have three birthdays in November," Peggy James said. "November 11 was my first mastectomy. November 17 is 11 years since my second breast cancer. And November 14 is my actual birthday."

New lung cancer screenings a breath of fresh air

There's no way around it, lung cancer is a tough challenge. It may not be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, but it is particularly deadly, according to Dr. Randy Becker, a radiologist who practices at Advanced Radiology in Westminster.

Proper nutrition and exercise important for both cancer prevention and recovery

Three hours of exercise a week can reduce breast cancer risk up to 10 percent in post menopausal women.

Given a third chance and choosing to grow despite pain, fear, complications and frustration

After surviving Hodgkin's Lymphoma when I was just 17 years old, now at 39 and the mother of three girls, I faced the diagnosis of an aggressive brain tumor earlier this year. I needed brain surgery right away. Most of the fears and concerns I had before my brain surgery — knowing all the possible complications I could have — unfortunately came true. Right after surgery, I faced not only pain, but also immobilization of my right side, weakness and vision problems, along with memory

Making Strides walk raises funds and awareness while celebrating survivors

The Making Strides of Central Maryland Walk will take place Sunday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. in Watkins Park in Mount Airy.

Rays of light: One woman's battle with ovarian cancer to start a family

Exploratory surgery would later confirm her fears: Megan had bilateral ovarian cancer, and would need both ovaries removed. The news that her hopes for a family were dashed hit hard.

Carroll Hospital's new head of radiation oncology on this community, patient care, future of oncology

Carroll Hospital is welcoming a new physician on staff this October. Dr. Darlene Gabeau has joined the teams as the radiation oncology at the William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center, a position she said she was drawn to because in both culture and practice, it exemplifies all she loves best in the practice of medicine.

Pink Fling event supports survivors, educates about cancer

As breast cancer awareness month continues, Carroll County's hospital works to raise funds for those in currently and formerly in treatment

Looking toward a brighter outlook on pancreatic cancer

When Westminster resident Laurie O'Banion was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer in the emergency room of Carroll Hospital, she was given three to six months to live if she sought treatment, even less time if she chose not to undergo treatment. After initial efforts at treatment yielded no results, doctors switched her to a different drug regimen. Today, O'Banion said her tumors have shown some reduction in size and she is as hopeful as ever that she'll make a full recovery.

High School: Coaches who dealt with cancer inspire on, off the field

Disease touched lives of Koontz, McConville, among others around county

County works to educate about skin cancer as Carroll sees high melanoma rates

But despite temperatures starting to dip as October progresses, concern over sun exposure — and skin cancer — should remain at the forefront.

LifeBridge Health Breast Care Centers to host Mammothons

Mammothons will be held Monday, November 14 at the Center for Breast Health at Carroll Hospital, the Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center at Northwest Hospital, and the Herman and Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center at Quarry Lake.

Experts disagree on prostate cancer screenings

In 2011, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force changed their prostate cancer screening guidelines, in effect, recommending that men not undergo the prostate-specific antigen, or PSA test

Editorial: Make time for mammogram screening

Women are encouraged to get a regular breast cancer screening, a mammogram, to detect the cancer early when it can still be cured. Doing so can put more options on the table for treatments, including less extensive surgery, and a better chance of beating the cancer. Sometimes, though, life can get in the way of scheduling those regular screenings.

Hopkins app detects risk of breast cancer recurrence

Scientists with the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have created a free, web-based app that will help better detect a woman's risk of getting breast cancer more than once using analysis of a patient's tumor biopsy.