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January is the perfect month to take control of your health and there is no better way than to join the country in learning about and raising awareness for critical health topics that are brought to light this month. It is easy to take advantage of the organizations that are committed to offering screening reminders and educating the public, as well as the doctors who remind their patients it’s time to schedule an important visit, but you are your own best advocate. Learn all there is to know about your health, your history and what you can do to take control of your future. Here are a few ways you can do that:
Cervical Health Awareness Month
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. The National Cervical Cancer Coalition spends the month encouraging women to become knowledgeable about this devastating – but preventable – disease. According to the NCCC, about 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. It is, however, preventable. The organization suggests keeping up to date with vaccinations and undergoing screenings, like Pap and HPV tests. Becoming vaccinated in the early teen years against HPV can help prevent cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases, while testing can alert healthcare professionals about the presence of cell changes that could lead to cervical cancer. When detected early, treatment is simple and successful! #CervicalHealthAwareness
National Blood Donor Month – American Red Cross
Although it is important to consider donating blood at any time of year, the American Red Cross uses the month of January, typically a slow time for blood donations, to share with the public the importance of considering visiting a local blood drive. According to the ARC, the organization must collect more than 13,000 blood donations each day for patients in need, but extreme weather conditions and seasonal illnesses can cause problems during the winter months. Wondering why it’s so important to give blood if your health allows? This simple act is used for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients and those battling cancer. In fact, the ARC says that every 2 seconds, someone is in need of blood in the United States (https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/how-blood-donations-help.html) #GiveMoreLife
Thyroid Awareness Month
There is a tiny gland in our bodies that, when off just a bit, can alter our overall health and wellness. The thyroid, a small butterfly-shaped gland situated in the front of the neck, secretes several hormones that control a long list of bodily functions, including temperature tolerance, energy levels, brain function, mental health, healthy skin and weight control. The American Thyroid Association uses this month to help patients consider whether their thyroid could the cause of their weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, etc. According to the ATA, up to 60 percent of the estimated 20 million Americans with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. Although life-long, thyroid problems can be managed with medical attention. #Give2Thyroid