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September, 2013:Summer's almost gone!

 

 

                       Summer’s nearly over, sadly, but there is so much to do this September.  First, a special note of caution for us all:  School has begun and children are out walking to and from their buildings so be careful if you are driving in a school zone. 

            This month is both Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  Please go to the links below for more information, but here are some basics:

The Pap test does not detect ovarian cancer. The following tests are available and should be used:

  • Annual vaginal exam for women age 18 and above and annual rectovaginal exam for women age 35 and above. (Physician inserts fingers in the rectum and vagina simultaneously to feel for abnormal swelling and to detect tenderness.)
  • Transvaginal sonography for women, especially those at high risk. (An ultrasound performed with a small instrument placed in the vagina.)
  • Blood test to determine if the level of a tumor marker called CA-125 has increased in the blood for women at high risk. Its role in postmenopausal women is superior to that in premenopausal women. (This test is not definitive because some non-cancerous diseases of the ovaries also increase the CA-125 levels, and some ovarian cancers may not produce enough CA-125 levels to cause a positive test.)

A general practitioner or an urologist can perform a full prostate cancer exam. This includes a PSA blood test and digital rectal exam.  The PSA test is quite reliable at least for an initial score.  Some believe the PSA is not really a good test for prostate cancer prevention but it will provide a baseline on which you and your doctor can decide on future testing.
            On September 25th, let’s celebrate National Women’s Health and Fitness Day!
photo_1aOn Wednesday, September 25, 2013, more than 1,000 groups across the country will host women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and other community locations. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 women of all ages are expected to participate in these local activities.

 

On September 28th, it’s Family Health and Fitness Day.

Local organizations throughout the country will host family-related health and fitness events at schools, park districts, hospitals, YMCAs/YWCAs, malls, health clubs and other community locations.

www.fitnessday.com
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Ovarian  www.ovarian.org/september-awareness.php

Prostate  www.zerocancer.org

Healthy Aging   www.healthyaging.net