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The bladder is a balloon-shaped organ in the pelvis responsible for storing urine until released by the body. Its muscle fibers allow for stretching and voluntary control of urine output. Bladder conditions occur when the natural physiology is compromised on some level. This month we acknowledge bladder cancer awareness delving into causes, risk factors, and treatment options for cancer control and prevention.

How prevalent is cancer of the bladder, and who’s at risk?

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates 74,000 new cases of bladder cancer in 2015, that’s an average of 56,320 in men and 17,680 in women. Bladder cancer is more common in older adults with 9 out of 10 diagnosis in people over the age of 55.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents skin cancer as the most common type of cancer in the United States. Enjoying sunny beaches and water events are lots of fun, yet the outdoors can pose health risks during hot sunny days. The CDC comments on prolonged sun exposure stating, “Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take as long as 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure.” Skin cancer prevention is crucial in promoting a safe and healthy summer. 

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Nutritional wellbeing is crucial for everyone regardless of age or health condition. Although there is no present cure for Alzheimer’s disease, clients can benefit from nutritious foods and from healthy eating habits. Depending on the stage of disease and health, caregivers can assist clients with meals and encourage independence through self-feedings. Self-feedings should not be promoted in clients at risk for aspiration or who have difficulty swallowing. Caregivers can consult with physicians and dietitians regarding meal plans and diets for client’s nutritional needs.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents an average of 70 million adults as having high blood pressure (BP). This value accounts for 1 in every 3 adult with BP readings higher than normal. The CDC also shares the dangers of high blood pressure stating, “More than 360,000 American deaths in 2013 included high blood pressure as a primary or contributing cause. That is almost 1,000 deaths each day.

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Although to date there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, drug therapies aim to improve memory and quality of life. There are two main drug classes: Cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine. Each drug class influences different brain chemicals, and may be prescribed in tandem for optimal results. Medications do not cure Alzheimer’s disease, yet they help with disease management and general wellbeing.

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