If you exclude skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women, and it is the second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian and Pacific women. It is the third most common cause of cancer death among American Indian and Alaska Native women.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Since its inception in 1985, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues.
Over the years, as the national dialogue about breast cancer has evolved, NBCAM has continually improved its ability to get its message across to the widest possible audience and enhance the impact in the community.
At the same time, NBCAM recognizes that although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished.
Staff and volunteers from the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will be visiting several neighborhoods on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 1, to do health surveys developed with tools created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC's Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response is a scientific tool to develop health information about the community. It can assist public health professionals in planning for emergencies by studying residents' responses to questions that measure health needs, attitudes or knowledge about disease.
Participation in the CASPER is voluntary. Survey personnel are DOH-Pinellas employees or volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps who assist during exercises and emergencies.
ST. PETERSBURG - The team at Northside Hospital recently welcomed Peter Kennedy as the new chief operating officer.
Kennedy joins the hospital from Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, where he served as the associate chief operating officer. Prior to joining the Centennial team he worked with HCA Virginia at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia. He joined HCA in June 2013 from Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems’ MCV Physicians, where he held the position of associate administrator of business development, focusing on community alignment and physician engagement.
ST. PETERSBURG - Cancer has become an unfortunately common term in American households. People have become more knowledgeable about the different types of cancer, its causes and its ways to combat it.
What many people may not have heard of are cancer navigators, like Sue Ellen Glover from St. Petersburg General Hospital.
“I am a general navigator,” Glover said. “A general navigator works with all cancer types.”
What does she do?
The American Cancer Society defines a patient navigator as a person who provides personal guidance to patients as they go through the health care process. They may have professional experience in the medical, legal or financial field or have personal experience in healthcare-related challenges.
SEMINOLE - Nicole Johnson learned that she had Type I diabetes when she was 19 years old.
At that point, she had been participating competitively in the pageant world for several years, dating to her time as a choral group member at Seminole High School. The diagnosis changed things for her, forcing her to look at herself and her life differently. These were weighty issues for such a young woman.
“It was an internal kind of battle and process of learning how to accept myself and seeing that I had powers and qualities that were accepted and would be accepted as a young woman with a disease,” she said.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. A little anxiety is good, but when anxiety becomes excessive and starts affecting how your child functions at school, with friends and family life, you may need to seek help.
Anxiety-disorders affect one in eight children and it is the most common mental-health problem in children in the United States, according to statistics on the Anxiety and Depression Association of America’s website. Still there is a lack of awareness and a stigma associated with mental health that is leaving many who suffer from getting help.
Having a new baby can shower new mothers with a cascade of emotions - joy, love, fulfillment. And sometimes, anxiety.
Often coming hand-in-hand with postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety can be a debilitating disease that can leave new mothers feeling distressed during what should be one of the most joyful times of her life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, up to 20 percent of women who give birth each year have postpartum depression and anxiety symptoms; this would mean approximately 600,000 women get PPD each year in the United States alone.