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In honor of Kidney Health Month, MUSC Health and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) are working together to increase kidney health awareness throughout South Carolina. More than 100 Kidney Walks take place across the U.S. each year, at­tracting over 125,000 walkers, 6,000 teams and raising over $8 million dollars to sup­port NKF's early detection, awareness, and education programs. MUSC is supporting all four South Carolina walks and encourages participation from our patients, staff and surrounding communities.

Kidney Health Awareness Event Calendar

Columbia Kidney Walk

Sunday, March 6, 2016
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Orangeburg Kidney Walk

Thursday, March 10, 2016
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World Kidney Day

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Wear Orange to show your support of Kidney Health Awareness!

Charleston Kidney Walk

Sunday, March 13, 2016
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Upstate Kidney Walk

Sunday, April 24, 2016
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smokingcessationWe all know that smoking is bad for us, but making the decision to quit - and sticking with a plan - is a very personal journey and one that often comes with pitfalls and setbacks. The good news is that there are more resources available than ever before - support groups, chat lines and social media outlets are great ways to start the process. Why not make this November 20th the first step in making a change and getting healthy?  

Here are some resources to help you along the way:  

MUSC Tobacco Treatment Program
MUSC is a national leader in tobacco research and smoking cessation programs. Our team is working to provide better education and cessation resources for all of South Carolina.

American Cancer Society - Quit for Life Program
This Facebook page acts as on online support group for those on the road to being smoke-free.   

Helping a Smoker Quit: Do's and Don'ts
If you have a friend or family member who's trying to quit smoking, try and understand how hard it is. These tips can help you draw the line between being helpful and being pushy.   

South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative
Formed in 2001, the TFC is a group of leading health organizations, community coalitions, and businesses in South Carolina who are committed to reducing the toll of tobacco use in our state. Their goal is to reduce that toll.   

Sign up to receive encouraging text message reminders and tips

Quit Smoking Apps
There are several apps to choose from, many offering daily reminders and motivators, cost savings calculators and a running count of your smoke-free days.  Exactly how you start your journey to being smoke-free isn't as important as making the decision to start the process.

Remember - talk to your doctor, make a plan and reach out to others for support.

There are thousands of cancer treatment centers across the United States, but only a select few receive a designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is among this elite group - setting us apart as one of the nation's leading cancer centers. We’re the only cancer center in South Carolina to receive this distinction and one of fewer than 70 in the United States. View full list of NCI centers.

Our NCI designation means that:

  • MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is among the best in the nation in research
  • The latest discoveries for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer are happening here
  • Additional financial support for research in our fight against cancer
  • Enhanced ability to recruit distinguished researchers and clinical leaders

The Latest in Cancer Treatments

According to the NCI, designated cancer centers like Hollings are a major source of discovery of the nature of cancer and of the development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and therapy.  Patients have access to the latest cancer clinical trials, many of which are only available at NCI-designated centers. Hollings currently has over 200 open clinical trials and has seen a 40 percent increase in participation since 2009.

Learn more about cutting-edge research and cancer treatment at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

May is American Stroke Month, and MUSC wants to help increase stroke awareness and educate South Carolinians that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.

Do you know how to spot the signs of a stroke?

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can spot the signs, you'll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away. F.A.S.T. is:

  • F: Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
  • A: Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S: Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  • T: Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.

Time is brain. New treatments are available that greatly reduce the damage caused by a stroke--but you need to arrive at the hospital within 60 minutes after symptoms start to prevent disability.

MUSC's Comprehensive Stroke Center services include the latest in surgical and minimally invasive interventions, telemedicine outreach, on-site emergency care, on, stroke-specific hospital units and trained staff.

In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month, MUSC Hollings Cancer Center has announced the schedule for their annual series of free skin cancer screenings. The screenings will be offered on the Hollings Mobile Health Unit - a 40-foot, air-conditioned van designed to provide cancer screening, prevention education, early detection and health counseling. The van travels across South Carolina, providing more than 2,000 free or low-cost screenings every year. The skin screenings are always well-attended, so plan to get there early. No appointments are necessary.


Saturday, June 14, 2014 

  • Folly Beach
  • Van location: 21 Center St. at City Hall
  • 9am to 2pm

Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Isles of Palms
  • Van location: Front Beach Park
  • 9am to 2pm

Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • James Island County Park
  • Van location: Splash Zone Waterpark parking lot
  • Unless you have a Charleston County Park pass, there is a charge of $1/person to get into the park
  • 9am to 2pm

For more information on these screenings, contact Lachaun Peake at 792-0878.

Learn about MUSC's melanoma and skin caner treatment program - the only one of its kind in South Carolina.


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