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Health Awareness Observances for the Month of October

Posted Oct 04 2012 6:00am

Did you know that lung disease is the number three killer of people in the United States? Or that three out of four Americans know someone who is a victim of domestic violence? You can learn more about these statistics by celebrating the following health observances in the month of October:

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women. In fact, according to breastcancer.org , “About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.” This year is the 27th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is designed to raise awareness of breast cancer issues such as detection and treatment. It also encourages women to learn how to give themselves breast exams and to schedule mammograms.

Watch this video to learn about the Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center at Northwest :

Learn more about breast cancer by visiting the National Breast Cancer Foundation .

Dental Hygiene Month

Caring for your teeth is an important part of caring for your overall health. Dental hygienists help you prevent and treat oral diseases that can affect both your teeth and gums. National dental hygiene month helps to raise awareness of good oral health and recognizes the important role that dental hygienists play in our everyday lives.

Watch this video to learn how to keep your teeth and gums healthy:

Learn more by visiting the American Dental Hygienists’ Association .

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Did you know that one in four women has experienced some form of domestic violence in her life, and that nearly three out of four Americans know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence? Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from a “Day of Unity” in 1981 whose purpose was to end violence against women and children. The first monthly observation occurred in 1987, and since it has evolved into a national day of hope and recovery for victims of domestic violence.

In this video President Obama and Vice President Biden talk about the federal government’s efforts to protect victims of domestic violence:

Learn more by visiting the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence , as well as the DOVE Program at Northwest Hospital .

Healthy Lung Month

Lung disease is the number three killer of people in the United States. Currently over 35 million Americans live with one some type of chronic lung disease. Examples of chronic lung disease include asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia and cystic fibrosis. Healthy Lung Month stresses the importance of maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle, which includes keeping your lungs healthy.

This video shows the link between healthy air and healthy lungs:

Learn more from the American Lung Association .

Liver Awareness Month

More than 30 million people live with a liver disease such as Cirrhosis, Hepatitis C, Bile Duct Cancer and Liver Cancer. Liver disease can affect people of all ages, including babies and children. In fact, according to the American Liver Association, “Approximately 15,000 children are hospitalized every year with pediatric liver disease or disorders.” Liver Awareness Month

This video shows you how to recognize the symptoms of liver disease:

Learn more from the American Liver Foundation .

American Pharmacists Month

Pharmacists are health care professionals who distribute medication and prescription drugs to patients. They also advise their patients on the dosage, interactions and side effects of this medication. American Pharmacists Month is a month-long observance that recognizes the contributions of pharmacists to the health care industry.

This video describes the role of the pharmacist:

Learn more from the American Pharmacists Association .

-Trish Broome

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