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Previous Awareness Matters Articles - 2022

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You might be asking yourself, what can I do to help this important cause? Many things can be done, but perhaps most important of all make sure you and all your loved ones stay up to date stay up to date with your mammograms.

October is Dental Hygiene Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, more than one-third of women and nearly one-half of men in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. This group includes the over 39,000 Americans diagnosed with oral cancer each year. When detected in the early stages, oral cancer is one of the more treatable cancers.

September is National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Awareness Month

Whether navigating treatment options, lending a caring ear or picking up the broken pieces after a relapse, helping someone cope with a drug addiction can be a scary and frustrating challenge. Here’s a look at what to do to help take care of yourself and your loved one.

September is Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month

Leukemia and Lymphoma are both cancers that are not associated with a tumor. Lymphomas are cancers that affect the lymph system and start in cells called lymphocytes. Leukemia is a cancer of the early blood-forming tissues, including your bone marrow and lymph system.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

To build your best defense against colds, flu, COVID-19 and other infections, your daily habits matter. Use this five-day mini challenge to make the right immune-boosting moves second nature.

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July's Focus is Stroke Awareness

July’s focus is Stroke Awareness. A stroke can happen in an instant and it can be a life-altering event. A stroke can strike anyone no matter your age, ethnicity or sex.

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July is UV Safety Awareness Month

Most of us know the sun is bad for our skin but did you know the sun wreaks havoc on the eyes, too? You may not be able to slather your eyes in sunscreen but you can help shield them.

 

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June is Men's Health Awareness Month

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month. Five of the most common health issues you face as a male can carry a risk of serious harm to your vision. Learn the ways your vision can be affected by each of these diseases and what you can do to help avoid them.

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June is Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

Migraines, even thinking about them may wipe you out. The pounding headache, the nausea, the light sensitivity. The first step in understanding your pounding, unrelenting headache is knowing which kind of migraine you have.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Many people are feeling like stress or worry is their “new normal”. The long uncertainty of the pandemic has been a lot to handle. If you are feeling more anxious or depressed than usual, you are not alone.

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May is Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

Spring is in the air. The flowers, plants and trees are a welcome sight after a long, cold winter. However, to 35 million Americans with what are called "seasonal allergies," spring is not so beautiful.

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April is Stress Awareness Month

You encounter stress every day, often without even realizing it. Whether big or small, these moments can cause your body to release hormones that put you into fight or flight mode, which affects the way you think and act.

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April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex, lifelong developmental condition that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships and self-regulation.

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March is Colorectal Health Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to highlight what it is, who may be at risk and what you can do for yourself and others.

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March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive, lifelong illness that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Normally, myelin protects nerve cells. Myelin is a fatty substance that acts like electrical wire insulation.

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February is Heart Health Awareness Month

We all know you need regular exercise and a diet filledwith fruit, vegetables and whole grains. However, taking steps to strengthen your heart emotionally is just as important to good health.

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February is Children's Dental Health Awareness Month

We all try our best to avoid possible infections in even minor cuts and scrapes but did you know that according to the American Dental Association (ADA), tooth decay is the single most common infectious disease affecting U.S. children?

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer deaths for women in the U.S. It’s now the most preventable gynecological cancer and the only one with both screening tests and a vaccine.

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January is National Blood Donor Awareness Month

January is National Blood Donor Awareness Month, a critical time to raise awareness about the many benefits of being a blood or plasma donor. Donations are important because there is no alternative for blood; it cannot be manufactured.