March - A very special month
The beginning of a new season, the third month of the year and one focused on varied observances and health awareness.
As we spring forward with daylight savings giving us more light and the beginning of the spring season, make this the month where the focus and light is on you. As women, we instinctively take care or our children, spouses, parents, community. We are caregivers, workers, business owners, and multifaceted beings that wear multiple hats. As we "March" through this month, lets take some time to observe:
Women's History Month
A reminder for women to continue to strive, to be strong role models leading by example. We as women are the beneficiaries of those strong women that have made strides in history before us, working diligently to overcome barrier to become leaders, inventors, teachers, policy makers. Similarly, the men in our lives should stand as allies, acknowledging and supporting women and their value in their lives, as well as society at large. Together, we can continue the journey by being proactive with our health so that we can reshape the world one woman at a time.
Do you know someone who suffers monthly from debilitating pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, and possible infertility? Chances are you do. One in ten women are affected by endometriosis. In fact, women loose up to one fourth of their work week and production capabilities due to pain. Endometriosis is often difficult to diagnose and the treatment is vast. It is essential to recognize symptoms and effectively communicate symptoms with your heath care provider. This is the first step to living a better life
Did you know? Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States.
We recommend regular screening beginning at age 50. Specifically, colonoscopy screening can identify and remove precancerous polyps. In fact, testing can be done earlier depending on personal risk factors. More importantly, getting screened can reduce the mortality rate of those diagnosed with colon cancer.
According to the CDC over 1 million people age 13 and over are living with HIV.
HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system leading to the disease states that is well known as AIDS. The virus is transmitted through infected body fluids: vaginal, rectal, anal, semen, blood and breast milk. Disease prevention and early diagnosis through testing remain the most effective way to reduce the incidence and spread of HIV.
While we think about new seasons and new beginnings, prevention and awareness remain effective tools in our efforts to control many disease states that affect our well-being. It is never too late to take a new leap forward in your life and wellness. As we honor women this month, take this time to honor yourself. An annual visit to your healthcare provider and regular screening are small steps to ensure a brighter future for you and those you love.