National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence thrives when we are silent; but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic violence. Throughout the month of October, help to raise awareness about domestic violence and join in our efforts to end violence. The observed month has been running since 1995 when several organizations including the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence united to tackle the problem.

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

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Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention month. The entire month is dedicated to raising awareness, reaching out and erasing stigma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide now accounts for more deaths than car accidents each year in the U.S. It is ranked as the 10th leading cause of death overall, but ranked as the second leading cause among young people, aged 15-24. The latest statistic from the CDC is that 41,000 American lives are lost to suicide annually.

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women’s cancers. Each year, approximately 21,980 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2014, approximately 14,270 women will die in the United States from this disease. It is estimated by the World Health Organization Department that there are over 238,000 new cases diagnosed annually and nearly 152,000 deaths worldwide.

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National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. The breastfeeding campaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hopes to empower women to commit to breastfeeding by highlighting new research showing that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses, and may be less likely to develop childhood obesity.

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National Immunization Awareness Month

Immunization helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia, adults need to get their shots – just like kids do. We can all use this month to raise awareness about vaccines and share strategies to increase immunization rates with our community,and a great time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their shots. We can all use this month to raise awareness about vaccines and share strategies to increase immunization rates with our community.

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World Hepatitis Day

Every year on July 28th, World Hepatitis Day aims to increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis as a major global health threat. All types of viral hepatitis can cause inflammation of the liver; however, hepatitis B and C infection can result in a lifelong, chronic infection. Worldwide 400 million people are living with hepatitis B or C. Every year 1.4 million people die from viral hepatitis and yet all of these deaths could be prevented. With better awareness and understanding of how we can prevent hepatitis we can eliminate this disease and save 4,000 lives a day.

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Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

That’s right, kids get arthritis. It is a common misconception that only “old” people are afflicted with arthritis. Nearly 300,000 children in America have been diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis (JA). The form of arthritis that these kids experience is not the same as grandma’s aches and pains. These children suffer from various autoimmune forms of arthritis. Their body’s immune system is attacking their joints, causing swelling, stiffness and permanent damage. This condition is extremely serious; if left untreated it can result in loss of mobility, blindness and even death.

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Summer Health Tips

Ah summer! The arrival of summer means days at the pool, family barbecues, picnics, sports and other outdoor activities. you’re like us, you don’t want to spend even one of those days either sick or injured—or let’s face it—worrying about getting sick or injured. Summer allows more time for children to play outdoors, but when kids are covered with bug bites after spending time outside, parents may start to worry about disease spread by ticks, such as Lyme disease, or by mosquitoes, such as West Nile virus.

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Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. Most people over 65 have some degree of cataract development. A cataract is the gradual clouding of the natural lens that is inside your eye. In order for the eye to work properly, it needs a clear lens to focus light on the retina. Although cataracts are not preventable, luckily they are very treatable with cataract surgery. Once the cataracts begin restricting your activities or decreasing your ability to participate in normal activities such as reading, working or driving, its time to talk with your doctor.

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