Women’s Expo held in New Ulm

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Dianne Simbeck with Country Gourmet displays her wares at the 5th annual Spring Into Summer Women’s Expo Saturday at the New Ulm Event Center.

NEW ULM — The fifth Annual Spring Into Summer Women’s Expo was held at the New Ulm Event Center, Saturday.

The expo featured 27 vendor booths geared toward modern women and special seminar events.

Cindy Patnaude’s Tupperware booth attracted plenty of attention. Patnaude said this month Tupperware was celebrating its 71st birthday. The product still carried a lifetime guarantee. If any piece gets damaged, the suppliers will replace them.

Patnaude said the new Tupperware products including containers with hinges on the back, vegetable and fruit containers, and a container for making omelets in the microwave.

Spring is the time of year to think about preserves. Dianne Simbeck with Country Gourmet brought 43 homemade flavors. The jams and jelly are all diabetic-friendly because uses organic honey to give it a sweet taste.

Simbeck has a variety of flavors including blueberry jalapeno jam. She said tasted like a blueberry but had a kick to it. Her most popular jam is the strawberry rhubarb.

The expo also featured important health information. Dr. Corrine Jordan from New Ulm Medical Center gave an informal seminar on breast health. The top concern is breast cancer. Jordan said the current recommendation is for women 40 and over to get a mammogram each year.

“If you catch it early breast cancer is removed with a simple surgery,” she said.

Recently, new technology has allowed for three-dimensional mammograms. The technology is more sensitive than two-dimensional and gives doctors more visual information. The technology should eliminate the need for unnecessary callbacks and earlier detection. Women with a family history of breast cancer or dense tissue should talk to care providers.

Jordan defined a family history of breast cancer as anyone with a first-degree family member who developed the disease pre-menopause, or two relatives of any age who developed breast cancer. If a woman has any relative to developed ovarian cancer, a screening was important. Last, if cancer appears in each generation, check up is important.

“One in eight women will develop breast cancer,” Jordan said, “but it is very treatable.”

Few women die of breast cancer if it is detected in time and detection is improving. Jordan said breast cancer is not on the rise, but it is being detected sooner.