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October is Prime Time for Health Awareness

October 05, 2018

Each of us, our families and friends are likely to be impacted by one of several health concerns featured nationally during the month of October. These campaigns raise awareness of physical and mental health issues that are all too common and are right in our own neighborhoods. You can make a difference for yourself or a loved one by finding out more!

Since October 1987, the serious problem of abuse and intimidation has been emphasized during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. These efforts address a range of complex abuse issues including physical and sexual assault, stalking, teen dating violence, elder abuse, and exploitation of runaways. It’s tragic how widespread the problems are. One in three women and one in six men experience violent mistreatment during their lives. The stigma of domestic violence and sexual abuse has made these the most unreported of all crimes, and 65% of victims who come forward say no one helped them. Did you know the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence says the #1THING we can do to help survivors is to vote and become engaged in our communities?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month with opportunities for participation, prevention, education and support through organizations including the American Cancer Society, the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women worldwide. One in eight women are diagnosed with the disease during their lifetime. Great strides have been made in treatment and survival from breast cancer – more than 3 million survivors are alive today in the US alone. Much more is left to be done; someone dies of breast cancer every 13 minutes. Too many don’t receive the preventive screenings needed to detect the disease in its early stages when treatment can be most effective. Did you know you can donate a mammogram for a patient who can’t otherwise afford it? Here’s how.

This month, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) encourages us to move more – to “Move 4 Life.” We’ve highlighted some of the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle in the Blog previously. Physical activity helps reduce risks of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and even some cancers, and strengthens our bones and muscles. With age, the health of our bones, muscles and joints is especially important in reducing the frequency and severity of back pain, preventing falls and other injuries. It’s essential to move now, to move later… to move for life…to stay healthy, strong, active and engaged. Did you know starting with just a 12 minute walk every other day offers important health benefits?

Following a daily routine of brushing and flossing can be a challenge in our busy lifestyles. The October observance of Dental Hygiene Month is to promote the importance of taking care of your teeth and mouth, as well as teaching proper techniques for these seemingly mundane activities. Good dental hygiene is largely dependent on all of us handling our everyday self-care, but your dental hygienist is an important partner you will want to visit regularly. Beyond preserving your smile for a lifetime, regular dental hygiene affects heart health, possible infections in other parts of your body and early detection of oral cancers. Did you know dental insurance benefits are designed to encourage regular preventive care?

Take time this month to take charge of your own health. We also encourage you to learn more about ways you can promote prevention and support those living with serious diseases and emotional trauma.