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The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports increase detection and prevention of cervical cancer with regular pap examinations. The ACS notes, “If detected early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable cancers.” The National Cancer Institute (NCI) defines cervical cancer, as a disease was malignant cells (cancer-causing cells) form in the tissues of the cervix. The NCI notes 12,360 new cases and 4,020 deaths related to cervical cancer in the United States in 2014. Let’s explore common Q & A’s on cervical cancer.

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The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck region responsible for secreting hormones that influence metabolism, growth and development, and body temperature. Thyroid problems result from an overproduction (hyperthyroidism) or underproduction (hypothyroidism) of thyroid hormones. Nutrition alone doesn’t cure thyroid disease, yet certain food choices and supplements carry the potential to affect or improve thyroid health.

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The New Year offers opportunity to examine previous choices and set new intentions. Begin this New Year with a healthy lifestyle focused on wellness and wellbeing! There are many benefits in maintaining health, yet at times it’s taken for granted until someone becomes ill, develops disease, or experiences extreme stress or “burnout”. According the Mayo Clinic physical exams and health screenings are essential in preventive care. The Mayo Clinic goes on to share, “The choices you make every day go a long way toward promoting adult health.”

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With flu season at its peak in the months of December and February, it’s essential to initiate proactive measures for flu prevention and infection control. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hand hygiene is one of the most crucial steps in preventing sickness and stopping the spread of disease. The CDC goes on to note, “Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.”

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reports an average of 35.0 million people worldwide with HIV, with about 2.1 million people newly infected in 2013. It’s imperative to stay educated on HIV/AIDS to help control and prevent disease transmission. Acquiring insight and carrying out safety measures empowers individuals in their personal health and wellbeing of others.

7 Safety Tips for HIV Control & Prevention:

1. Get Tested.  Several HIV testing options are available such as home kits, and blood exams which are more commonly done in healthcare facilities. For optimal results it's best to test for HIV through a blood sample, which can be done in most clinics and medical facilities. Please visit AIDS.gov for testing information and to find a local clinic in your area.

2. Ask Questions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares commonly asked questions on HIV transmission and prevention. For instance, how safe are condoms in preventing the transmission of HIV? How can someone with HIV prevent the spread of disease when living with other people? Can male circumcision stop the transmission of HIV? The CDC addresses these questions and more. Visit the CDC to read more on HIV control and prevention.

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