January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and with good reason. Each year, almost 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer. But with Pap smears and preventive vaccination, over nine in ten cervical cancers could be stopped in their tracks. In October of 2018, Gardasil-9—the vaccine that prevents cervical cancer—was approved for more patients than ever before.
We all know that diabetes affects sugar metabolism. But what many people don’t know is that people with diabetes are at a far higher risk of heart disease. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease. At least 68% of people older than 65 with diabetes will die from heart disease. For National Diabetes Month, take a moment to learn about the connection between diabetes and the heart.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has moved to limit the sales of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to youth. The new laws sequester electronic nicotine delivery systems in stores, requiring retailers to keep these products in areas inaccessible to teenagers. Effectively, this bans e-cigarette sales in convenience stores and gas stations, but not in specialty stores.
When was the last time you heard a “diabeetus” joke? The answer is likely all too recent. Type 2 Diabetes is an extremely stigmatized condition — the majority of Type 2 diabetes patients report feeling stigma. The public perceives Type 2 diabetes as a self-inflicted disease, worthy of derision. Unfortunately, some healthcare professionals also feel this way.
Every year, over 150,000 people in the United States of America die of lung cancer, making lung cancer by far the leading cause of cancer death. One reason why lung cancer is so deadly is that it often eludes detection until too late to save the patient. 80% of lung cancer patients are only diagnosed once their cancer has reached stage III or stage IV, by which point surgery is off the table.