Category Archives: Awareness Month

Holding Off Heart Disease

February 22nd, 2021
It’s February, and you know what that means – it’s American Heart Month. It’s that annual opportunity to review what we know about heart disease. And it’s our chance to be sure we’re doing everything we can to prevent or manage it in our lives. After all, heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the US. About 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. What’s more, almost…

Blood Donors Rock!

January 26th, 2021
Are you one of the estimated 6.8 million people in the US who donate blood each year? If not, have you ever thought about becoming a donor? January is National Blood Donor Month, so I’m dedicating this blog to the facts about blood donation, to salute current blood donors and encourage more people to donate. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the US needs blood. They  need it for surgery or cancer treatment, or to…

Raise Your Glaucoma IQ

January 11th, 2021
Glaucoma is a group of progressive diseases that can damage your eye’s optic nerve and cause vision loss, even blindness. There are many theories, but the exact cause of glaucoma is unknown. It is most often related to a build-up of pressure inside your eye. When this pressure, called intraocular pressure, or IOP, remains high over time, it begins to harm optic nerve fibers. IOP increases when the fluid inside your eye, called aqueous humor, which normally flows out of…

United Against HIV and AIDS

November 30th, 2020
World AIDS Day, which is observed on December 1st, was created to unite people worldwide in the battle against HIV and AIDS. It’s also a time to show support for people who have the virus and commemorate those who have died from it. World AIDS Day serves as a perfect opportunity to review what we know about HIV and AIDS. HIV, which stands for human immunodeficiency virus, is a virus that attacks your body’s immune system, specifically its infection-fighting CD4…

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…