June 2011 newsletter

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June 2011 newsletter

  1. 1. June, 2011A Bi-monthly publication from The Gardner Group Health Awareness Observances June July August September October November December Men’s UV Safety National National Breast Lung Safe Toys Health Month Immunization Cholesterol Cancer Cancer and Gifts Month • July 6th-12th Awareness Education Awareness Awareness Month • June 5th Alzheimer’s Month Month Month Month • Dec. 1st National Awareness • Aug. 1st-7th • Sept. 28 • Oct. 3rd Child • Nov.14th World AIDS Cancer Week World National Health Day World Day Survivors • July 28th Breastfeeding Women’s • Oct. 10th Diabetes Day • Dec. 4th-10th Day World Week Health & World • Nov. 20th National • June 14th Hepatitis Fitness Day Mental Great Handwashing World Blood Day • Sept. 30 Health Day American Awareness Donor Day World Heart • Oct. 26th Smokeout Week Day Lung Health Day Day World Blood Donor Day June is Men’s Health Awareness Month June 14th The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment On June 14th 2011, countries worldwide will of disease among men and boys. celebrate World Blood Donor Day to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood • Men make 50% fewer preventive care physician visits than women products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. • A higher percentage of men have no healthcare coverage The theme for World Blood Donor Day 2011 is, • 50% more men than women die of cancer “More blood. More life.” This theme reinforces • Research on male-specific diseases is under funded the urgent need for more people all over the world to become life-savers by volunteering to Below is a chart of the recommended Preventive Services for Men donate blood regularly. Checkups and Screenings When AGES The need for safe and 20-39 40-49 50+ secure supplies of blood Every 3 Years  and blood products is Physical Exam Every 2 Years  universal. Worldwide, at Every Year  least 90 million units of Blood Pressure Every Year    blood are donated each year to save lives and TB Skin Test Every 5 Years    improve health. Every 3 Years  However, demand for Blood Tests & Urinalysis: Every 2 Years  blood for transfusion Every Year  continues to increase, Baseline Age 30 and many countries cannot meet existing needs. EKG Every 4 Years  In many regions, this means inadequate supplies Every 3 Years  to replace blood lost in childbirth (a major cause Tetanus Booster Every 10 Years    of maternal deaths) and to treat anemia that Rectal Exam Every Year    threatens the lives of children who have malaria or are undernourished. Everywhere, blood and PSA Blood Test Every Year  blood products are needed for routine and Hemoccult Every Year   emergency surgery, including life-saving treatment for growing numbers of people injured Colorectal Health Every 3-4 Years  in road traffic accidents, and for treating Discuss with a Chest X-Ray   congenital blood disorders. physician Self Exams Monthly    Involvement and support will help to ensure a wide impact for World Blood Donor Day 2011, Bone Health Discuss with a Age 60 increasing recognition worldwide that giving physician blood is a life-saving act of solidarity and that Discuss With a Testosterone Screening   services providing safe blood and blood products physician are an essential element of every health care Sexually Transmitted Under Physician  Discuss system. Diseases Supervision - World Health Organization - The Men’s Health Network www.menshealthnetwork.org
  2. 2. June, 2011 October is National Breast August is National Immunization Cancer Awareness Month Awareness Month Immunizations can prevent infectious diseases like measles, diphtheria,Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and rubella. But people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-in the United States, aside from skin cancer. It’s the preventable diseases. It’s important to know which shots you need andsecond leading cause of cancer death in women (after when to get them.lung cancer). Young children:One of the earliest signs of breast cancer can be an • Children under age 6 get a series of shots to protect againstabnormality that shows up on a mammogram before measles, polio, chicken pox, and hepatitis.it can be felt. The most common signs of breastcancer are a lump in the breast; abnormal thickening Preteens:of the breast; or a change in the shape or color of the • All 11 and 12-year-olds need shots to help protect againstbreast. Finding a lump or change in your breast does tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, and meningitis.not necessarily mean you have breast cancer. • Doctors recommend girls also get the HPV vaccine to protectAdditional changes that may also be signs of breast against the most common cause of cervical cancer.cancer include: Adults:• Any new, hard lump or thickening in any part of the • All adults need a tetanus shot every 10 years. breast • Adults age 50 and older need a flu shot every year.• Change in breast size or shape • People age 65 need a one-time pneumonia shot.• Dimpling or puckering of the skin • Talk to your doctor about which shots you and your family need.• Swelling, redness or warmth that does not go away For more information please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/• Pain in one spot that does not vary with your monthly cycle -Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion• Pulling in of the nipple• Nipple discharge that starts November is Lung Cancer Awareness suddenly and appears only in one breast• An itchy, sore or scaling area on one nipple MonthMammography screening remains the best available Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in themethod to detect breast cancer early. However, no United States. In fact, more people die from lung cancer than any othermedical test is always 100 percent accurate, and type of cancer. Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM) is a nationalmammography is no exception. campaign dedicated to increasing attention to lung cancer issues.It is important for women to practice the elements of Lung Cancer, the Number One Cancer Killergood breast health. It is suggested women: Each year, nearly 200,000 people in the United States are told they have lung cancer and more than 90,000 people die from this disease.• Obtain regular mammography screening starting at the age of 40 Causes and Risk Factors• Obtain annual clinical breast exams • Smoking• Perform monthly breast-self exams • Secondhand smoke from other peoples cigarettes.• Obtain a risk assessment from a physician • Radon gas in the home • Things around home or work, including asbestos, ionizing radiation,For more information, please refer to the American and other cancer-causing substancesCancer Societys Web site. • Medical exposure to radiation to the chest -AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation • Chronic lung disease such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis • Increased age Want To Win This 1966 Prevention Convertible Mustang? • Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, quit now • Avoid secondhand smoke. There is no risk-free level of secondhandThe below pictured 1966 Ford Mustang GT smoke exposureConvertible is being raffled off by CDS Family & • Have your home tested for radon gas and take corrective actions ifBehavioral Health Services, Incorporated (CDS). CDS high levels are foundFamily & Behavioral Health Services is a non-profit • Avoid unnecessary medical tests that involve X-ray images of theorganization that was established in 1970. CDS serves chestover 3000 people each year with counseling, youth • Follow health and safety guidelines in the workplaceshelter, and prevention activities. Due to sound fiscal Symptomspolicies, CDS has been able to continue doing more People have different symptoms for lung cancer. Some people dontwith less. The needs continue to grow as the stress of have any symptoms at all when first diagnosed with lung cancer. Sometoday’s recession impacts families. 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