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Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States.

Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning. Here are some other basic tips and more resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
  • Use sunscreen with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher.
  • Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
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June is Men’s Health Month!

June is Men’s Health Month!

South Tabor Family Physicians wants to remind and encourage men to schedule a physical and receive preventive care services this June.

Men are typically 70% less likely to go to the doctor than women. Seven out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases (such as cancer and heart disease), and almost one out of every two adults has at least one chronic illness, many of which are preventable.

Preventive healthcare is important! Give us a call today, 503-261-7200!

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World Heath Day Friday April 7th!

World Heath Day Friday April 7th!

The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).

In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO’s founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. The WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/world-health-day/en/

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Brain Awareness Week!

Brain Awareness Week!

Brain Awareness Week is March 14th-20th

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a global campaign, started by the Dana Foundation, to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. BAW is a key outreach activity for SfN members who will be hosting a variety of brain-related events March 14-20, 2016.

By Society for Neuroscience

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February is Heart Awareness Month

February is Heart Awareness Month

Now that Valentine’s Day is past us, and perhaps most of the treats have been digested, it’s time to take a moment for a serious heart to heart. 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for 1 in 4 deaths in the United States. “Nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease , such as high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, or an unhealthy diet. Risk also increases with age. The good news is that individuals of all ages can reduce their risk for heart disease by making lifestyle changes and managing medical conditions through appropriate treatment plans.

With a record number of young adults living at home or in close contact with older relatives, they have a golden opportunity to encourage parents and other family members to make heart-healthy changes and offer support along the way.” Check out some of the great ideas here:

https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/news-media/events/heart-month.html

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. During January, NCCC and its many local chapters across the country highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection. While NCCC chapters host events throughout the year, January is a month with a special focus as chapters celebrate Cervical Health Awareness Month and work to spread the word in the communities. More here: http://www.nccc-online.org/hpvcervical-cancer/cervical-health-awareness-month/

“Chances are you’re familiar with at least one of these well-known health awareness observances. But did you know the calendar is full of special months, weeks, and days that raise awareness for a variety of important health issues and conditions? They’re dates where people with certain health conditions, their loved ones, advocacy organizations, and support groups rally around a common cause: health. Educational, fundraising, and support events are often held during these times. January includes:

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month
  • National Radon Action Month
  • National Stalking Awareness Month
  • Thyroid Awareness Month
  • National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
  • National Folic Acid Awareness Week (first full week of January)
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (last week of January)

 Source – http://www.healthline.com/health/directory-awareness-months

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November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

 

Go Purple with a Purpose for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month. President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. Learn some of the early signs and more about this disease here.

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Flu Season Ahead!

Flu Season Ahead!

Q. When is the best time to get a flu shot? 

A. NOW!

Flu shots, or Influenza vaccines, are vaccines that protect against influenza. A new version of the vaccine is developed twice a year as the influenza virus rapidly changes.

Both the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends nearly all people over the age of 6 months get the vaccine yearly. This is especially true for pregnant women, children between six months and five years of age, those with other health problems, and those who work in healthcare.

Call South Tabor Family Medical and make an appointment today!

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