Happy New Year! January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. No woman should die of cervical cancer, especially since we have the power to prevent most cervical cancers through HPV vaccinations and HPV testing/screening. Please, make extra effort to recommend the HPV vaccine (11-26 years old) and recommend cervical cancer screening (conduct Pap smear and/or HPV testing). For those interested in a list of cancer awareness months and resources, please see the attached PDF.
Cervical Health Awareness Month
Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. But during the past 30 years, the death rate has dropped by more than 50 percent, primarily due to increased use of the Pap test. Today, we have the power to prevent most cervical cancers through testing and HPV vaccinations. You can help save lives from cervical cancer.
Join us in reaching out to your patients about the recommended screenings, tests, and HPV vaccines that can help prevent cervical cancer. Here are some helpful resources for your clinic:
More information can be found:
- American Cancer Society
- Center for Disease Control
- Every Woman Counts
CDC: “How do I Recommend HPV Vaccine” YouTube Series
The CDC produced a 7-video series titled “How I Recommend HPV Vaccine.” In each of these short videos, clinicians, including Dr. Sharon Humiston and Dr. Alix Casler, explain how they make a direct and concise HPV vaccine recommendation to parents, handle vaccine refusal, and address safety concerns.
5 Things to know about the HPV Vaccine
- HPV vaccination is cancer prevention
- HPV vaccination is safe
- The HPV vaccine is for boys and girls
- The HPV vaccine is recommended at 11 or 12
- The HPV vaccine is 1 of 3 vaccines all children need at this age. The others are Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) and MCV4 (meningitis)
(click here for the HPV Vaccination: Just the Facts factsheet)
Improving the Patient Experience
Check out this article from Center for Care Innovations about transforming your waiting room to increase the patient experience. Shout out to La Maestra Family Health Centers in San Diego, who are mentioned under the first idea.
Healthy Information for the New Year
New Year resolutions often include getting healthy, eating right and exercising. Research has shown that poor diet and not being active can increase cancer risk. It is estimated that about 20% of all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. are related to body fat, physical inactivity, excess alcohol consumption, and/or poor nutrition, and therefore could be prevented.
- Take our Nutrition and Activity quiz to see if you are living smart
- Learn more about ACS programs to help you stay well
- Watch these videos about healthy eating and activity.
November is “Diabetes Awareness Month” (CDC, 2017):
November is “Diabetes Awareness Month” (ADA, 2017).
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled. One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, getting more physical activity, and losing weight.
How can American Diabetes Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Encourage people to make small changes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Talk to people in your community about getting regular checkups. They can get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and ask the doctor about their diabetes risk.
- Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity (HF, 2017).
Air Quality Alert (posted 10/11/17)
October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” (HF/CDC, 2017): See Attached about the Breast Cancer Awareness (posted 10/11/17)
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH: OCTOBER, 2017
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
How can National Breast Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?
We can use this opportunity to spread the word about steps women can take to detect breast cancer early.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Ask doctors and nurses to speak to women about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.
- Encourage women ages 40 to 49 to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
- Organize an event to talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every 2 years (Healthfinder, 2017).
The LIHC Newsletter for Fall 2017 is available now. (posted 10/9/17)
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