Category Archives: Awareness Month

Increase Your Lung Cancer IQ

November 9th, 2020
Your lungs are a pair of spongy, pyramid-shaped organs in your chest that bring fresh oxygen into your body when you inhale. The lungs also send out carbon dioxide, a waste product of cellular function, when you exhale. The lungs, along with a network of air passages, are part of your body’s respiratory system. Lung cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the lungs. Cancer is a disease that occurs when cells grow and divide uncontrollably and destroy…

Bolstering Bladder Health

November 9th, 2020
November is Bladder Health Awareness Month. Your bladder is a hollow, muscular sac located in your lower abdomen. It temporarily stores the urine made by your kidneys until it is released into a tube called the urethra, which transports the urine out of your body. When empty, the bladder is about the size and shape of a pear. The muscles of the bladder enable it to stretch to hold urine. A healthy bladder can hold one and a half to…

Defend Yourself Against Diabetes

November 9th, 2020
In its “National Diabetes Statistics Report 2020,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation details the most updated “state of the disease” in America. The CDC aims to use the report’s information to improve diabetes prevention and management strategies available in this country. According to the report, which analyzed health data through 2018, 34.2 million Americans, or just over one in 10 individuals, have diabetes. Further, 88 million American adults, approximately one in three, have…

The Bottom Line on Breast Cancer

October 12th, 2020
It’s October, and everybody knows October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Look around. Pink ribbons are everywhere. The color pink is a reminder to get the facts about breast cancer and then get screened. And men, don’t think this doesn’t apply to you. Though it is much more common in women, men can get breast cancer, too. Consider these facts. About one in eight American women will develop…

Raising Voices for MPN Awareness

September 8th, 2020
When asked to name a blood cancer, most people will respond with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. That’s not surprising because those are among the most common blood cancers. In fact, new cases of those cancers are expected to account for 9.9 percent of the estimated 1,806,590 new cancer cases diagnosed in the US in 2020. But for this Blood Cancer Awareness Month, let’s take a closer look at another less common blood cancer called myeloproliferative neoplasms, or MPNs. Like other…

Immunization: It’s Not Just For Kids Anymore

August 17th, 2020
Most people think immunization is just for kids. But National Immunization Awareness Month, which is celebrated in August, underscores the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. After all, the old adage that says “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds true throughout life. The term immunization refers to the action of making people resistant (immune) to certain infectious diseases, many of which can be very serious or even deadly. Immunization is typically accomplished through…

It’s a SMAall World

August 4th, 2020
August is typically one of the hottest months of the year, so today is an excellent time to stay indoors in the air conditioning and read a blog. The topic of this one is a genetic disorder called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) that primarily affects infants and children and, more rarely, adults. August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month.  SMA is a neuromuscular disorder. It is a progressive disease that destroys motor neurons, the nerve cells that control muscle movement.…