In 2006 when he was 50 years old, Michael Kovarik of Greenwich was a third-grade teacher in a South Colonie School when he felt a lump in his left breast. He never thought he would develop breast cancer, but he did.
Although male breast cancer is rare, it exists. Nationally, the American Cancer Society predicts 2,360 men will develop the disease this year and 430 will die from it. Contrast that with the 232,670 new cases in women and the prediction that 40,000 will die.
Kovarik has been working to raise awareness about male breast cancer and has written a book about his experience, Healing Within: My Journey with Breast Cancer.
Today in North Adams, members of the community and local governments came together to kick-off a state-funded wellness program that focuses on community health and planning. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended the event and filed a report.
Today, members of the North Berkshire Community celebrated the kick-off of Mass in Motion, a statewide effort with a goal to promote fitness to battle obesity, chronic disease, and to encourage healthy, active living.
The Centers For Disease Control has awarded a $2 million dollar grant for a wellness initiative in Springfield Massachusetts. The money will fund several efforts aimed at improving access to healthy eating and physical activity. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.