January is cervical health awareness month. The US Department of Health and Human Services states ,
“HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost all cases of cervical cancer.
About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. And each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.
The good news?
- The HPV vaccine (shots) can prevent HPV.
- Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up care.
Cervical cancer screenings can help detect abnormal (changed) cells early, before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular screenings and follow-up care.”
Make an appointment to discuss prevention for HPV including vaccinations, screening for cervical cancer, and early intervention if needed with your Aveon health care provider.
It is folic acid awareness week. According to the CDC, “Folic acid is a B vitamin. If a woman consumes enough folic acid (400 micrograms (mcg) daily) before and during early pregnancy, it can help prevent her baby from having a neural tube defect. Women can do this by taking a vitamin supplement containing the recommended amount of folic acid or eating enough food that is fortified with folic acid. Fortified foods include enriched breads, pastas, rice, and some breakfast cereals.” Additionally, green leafy veggies, brussels sprouts, asparagus and avocado are naturally high in this b vitamin. Folic acid is essential for all individuals for overall health, not just pregnant females. Ask your Aveon provider about your folic acid needs at your next appointment.
Happy New Year from Aveon Health. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2020. Contact us to schedule your annual preventative exam for a strong start to the new year.
This is week is national antibiotic awareness week. Antibiotics are lifesaving medications when used correctly. It is essential for patients to take antibiotics only when truly necessary and as directed to reduce risk of complications. See the following from the CDC regarding safe antibiotic use.
Each year, we celebrate Physician Assistant week in October. Our PAs Kim and Chantelle work hard to provide comprehensive, effective, compassionate, safe, evidence based care to our patients. They look forward to seeing you at your next visit. Learn more about what makes PAs great health care providers.
What is a PA?
October is breast cancer awareness month. See the following stats regarding breast cancer from the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
- In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. as well as 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
- 62% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage, for which the 5-year survival rate is 99%.
- This year, an estimated 41,760 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S.
- Although rare, men get breast cancer too. The lifetime risk for U.S. men is about 1 in 1,000.
- An estimated 2,670 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the United States and approximately 500 will die.
- 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers.
- There are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
- On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.
- Female breast cancer represents 15.2% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.
Make an appointment with your Aveon health care team for your annual well exam and get your mammogram for early detection.
September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. Below are some facts related to thyroid cancer.
1. Thyroid cancer has had the fastest increase in incidence of any
cancer in recent years.
2. Thyroid cancer affects people of all ages, from young children to
3. Both women and men get thyroid cancer — more than two-thirds
of the people with thyroid cancer are women.
4. Thyroid cancer has many types and variants, with treatment
tailored to the type and individual.
5. When found early, thyroid cancer is usually treatable.
6. Even when treatable, thyroid cancer is life-disrupting, expensive,
and stressful for patients and loved ones.
7. A simple Neck Check done by a medical professional during a
routine appointment can detect a thyroid nodule.
8. Most thyroid nodules are benign, not cancer.
This week is Balance Awareness Week. Patients who have difficulty with balance are at a higher risk of falls leading to injury and disability. There are a number of factors that can impact an individuals ability to balance. Conditions such as vertigo, neuropathy, musculoskeletal disorders and many others can cause impaired balance. If you are struggling with your balance, follow up with your Aveon health care team to help keep you on your feet.
July 28 was World Hepatitis Day. Hepatitis is caused by a viral infection that impacts the liver. Hepatitis affects over 300 million individuals worldwide. Recently, in Arizona there has been an outbreak of Hepatitis A caused by contaminated fruits. Fortunately, there are preventive vaccination, screening, and treatment for Hepatitis. Contact your Aveon provider for more information regarding liver health. See the following video for additional information on hepatitis.
Staying safe in the sun reduces your risk of sunburn, skin cancer, and cataracts. See some tips from the Center for Disease Control on how to stay safe in the sun.
Stay Sun-Safe Outdoors
1. Seek shade, especially during midday hours. This includes 10 am to 4 pm, March through October, and 9 am to 3 pm, November through February. Umbrellas, trees, or other shelters can provide relief from the sun.
2. Be extra careful around surfaces that reflect the sun’s rays, like snow, sand, water, and concrete.
3. Wear sun protection gear like a hat with a wide brim and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes.
4.Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts and other eye problems. Wrap-around sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection by blocking UV rays from the side.
5.Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants or a long skirt for additional protection when possible. If that’s not practical, try wearing a T-shirt or a beach cover-up.
6.Apply a thick layer of broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher at least 15 minutes before going outside, even on cloudy or overcast days. Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.