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RGV Life Magazine Issue#4

The latest edition of RGV Life Magazine

Page17 Be Careful

Page17 Be Careful Outside Staying Safe While Working and Playing Outside in the Heat CANCER SKIN WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW SKIN CANCER IS BY FAR THE MOST COMMON TYPE OF CANCER. IF YOU HAVE SKIN CANCER, IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHICH TYPE YOU HAVE BECAUSE IT AFFECTS YOUR TREATMENT OP- TIONS AND YOUR OUTLOOK (PROGNOSIS). IF YOU AREN’T SURE WHICH TYPE OF SKIN CANCER YOU HAVE, ASK YOUR DOCTOR SO YOU CAN GET THE RIGHT INFORMATION. Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer These cancers are most often found in areas exposed to the sun, such as the head, neck, and arms, but they also can occur elsewhere. They are very common but are also usually very treatable. Here you can find out all about these cancers, including risk factors, symptoms, how they are found, and how they are treated. Melanoma Skin Cancer Melanoma is less common than some other types of skin cancer, but it is more likely to grow and spread. If you have melanoma or are close to someone who does, knowing what to expect can help you cope. Here you can find out all about melanoma, in- cluding risk factors, symptoms, how it is found, and how it is treated. Merkel Cell Skin Cancer If you have Merkel cell carcinoma or are close to someone who does, knowing what to expect can help you cope. Here you can find out all about Merkel cell carcinoma, including risk factors, symptoms, how it is found, and how it is treated. Lymphoma of the Skin Lymphoma is a cancer that starts in cells that are part of the body's immune system. Rare lymphomas that start in the skin are called skin lymphomas (or cutaneous lymphomas). If you have a skin lymphoma or are close to someone who does, knowing what to expect can help you cope. Here you can find out all about skin lymphomas, including risk factors, symptoms, how they are found, and how they are treated. Kaposi Sarcoma If you have Kaposi sarcoma or are close to someone who does, knowing what to expect can help you cope. Here you can find out all about Kaposi sarcoma, including risk factors, symptoms, how it is found, and how it is treated.

Movers and Shakers: The Valley’s Up and Coming Powerful Women Page18 ALMA ELIZABETH ORTIZ We caught up with this incredible woman to see what it is that motivates her day in and day out. 1. As a mover and shaker in the RGV, what is one thing that you wish would happen to ensure that we keep growing as a community and why? I would like to see that more community members could become more active in their communities to help facilitate and promote growth not only for their community but also themselves as well. The community members need to come out of the shadows and have their voices heard while being able to serve their communities by joining a non-profit organization so they too can make a difference. 2. What kept you in the RGV knowing that there might be more opportunity somewhere else? First and foremost is family. There is also so much growth presently taking place in the valley, try to think of the last time you didn't see a construction site while driving around. Some may say that there are "problems" in the valley; however we all need to start seeing them as "opportunities for improvement". It is vitally important to our community and the surrounding communities for us to capitalize of the opportunities. 3. What is the most important thing in your life? 7. One struggle that you have overcome (you do not have to be too specific) just want to get the feel as to what has made you the strong woman you are today. One struggle I’ve overcome is lifting myself by One struggle I’ve overcome is lifting myself by my own bootstraps, not quitting on myself as hard it got at times, remaining focused, and believing in myself and believing in God Ms. Ortiz is the current President of the Rotary Club of San Benito and is also very much involved with the San Benito Boy’s and Girl’s Club. Keep an eye out for her. She is doing some amazing things in our community. My ( amazing teenage ) son. As I like to say, my world, my love, my everything. 4. What would you change about the RGV? And why? I would like to change the lack of interest in helping identify and willingness to work together to correct some of these opportunities for improvement within our community. Too many individuals do not get involved, they do not vote; however they are willing to complain about how things are done but do not offer to be of service to help change the future. 5. What drives you every single day? My self- dedication and personal hunger to be the best person I can be not only to myself and my family but my community as well. I look forward to pursuing the insurance business in hopes that one day I may be able to own my own Insurance agency, so I can continue supporting and servicing my community with Service Above Self. 6. How can one woman make a difference in someone’s life? A woman can make a difference in someone’s life by leading an exemplary life. By becoming a Leader and Empowering others to work hard for what they want and always surrounding herself with people of action, people that want to make a difference. In the process, it's important that we continuously strive to be selfless and think of others before ourselves. That's truly the catalyst for making a difference.