Preston urges regular mammograms, self-exams


Mindy Preston is a medical assistant at Carolina Surgical Care. She also is leader of Team Hope, which raises money for the annual Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.


By Anna Goodwni McCarthy

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Both in her community and in her profession, Mindy Preston works on the front lines in the battle against cancer.

As a medical assistant at Carolina Surgical Care, Preston strives to help others who have been diagnosed with various forms of the disease.

Preston, who works alongside Dr. Joseph Jenkins at Carolina Surgical Care, said many of the patients she sees have been diagnosed with breast cancer after either an abnormal mammogram or ultrasound.

With October deemed Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Preston said it is critical for women to get routine mammograms. Monthly self-exams are also important, and women should contact a physician if they notice any changes, she said.

While many of the patients with whom Preston works have cancer, she also sees the disease’s effects on those close to her.

“I have family, friends and co-workers who have had cancer,” she said.

More than six years ago Preston started a Relay for Life team to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life is the annual event in which participants raise money through sponsorships and donations. Donors also give money for luminarias that are placed at the Relay for Life in honor or in memory of a person who was diagnosed with cancer.

As the leader of Team Hope, Preston said her goal is to raise at least $2,500 for the Relay for Life fundraiser. She said that teams like hers hold various fundraisers for Relay for Life throughout the year before the event, which next year will be held on June 28, 2019. 

Preston said one year she organized a softball tournament to benefit Relay for Life. She encourages others to become team leaders for the event.

“The more teams, the better,” she said.

Originally from Ohio, Preston lives in Hertford.

Tips for reducing your risk of cancer can be found at American Cancer Society’s website at https://www.cancer.org/healthy.html. Some of the tips include: avoiding tobacco use, eating healthy and sun safety.

For more information about Relay for Life of Pasquotank/Camden, visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Relay-For-Life-of-PasquotankCamden-116814611662670/.