Category: Health Facts

June is Men’s Health Month

This month is an opportunity to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. 𝐺𝑒𝑑 π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘“π‘Žπ‘π‘‘π‘  π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘‘π‘Žπ‘˜π‘’ π‘Žπ‘π‘‘π‘–π‘œπ‘›.

Get The Facts.

  • On average, men die five years younger than women and die at higher rates from 9 of the top 10 causes of death.
  • Most of the factors that contribute to men’s shorter, less healthy lives are preventable.
  • Adult men in the United States visit primary care providers at lower rates than adult women.
  • Many find it difficult to get motivated for physical activity on their own.
  • Men often disregard their own health because they feel responsible for taking care of everyone else.

Take Action.

  • Learn how to stay healthy.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • See a healthcare provider on a regular basis to prevent disease.
  • Get an annual physical.
  • Establish baselines for factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and PSA. Monitor how they change over time.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.

Our health information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Please be advised that this information is made available to assist the public to learn more about their health. Community Health Net providers may not see and/or treat all topics found herein.

Health Facts is a public service partnership of Community Health Net and CF Cares of Country Fair Stores, Inc.

 

May is National Mental Health Month

People are experiencing mental wellness challenges and overall stress due to the national health crisis. What about you? If so, you are not alone. Get the Facts. Take Action.

Mental Health Explained

Many people are affected by mental health problems such as depression or panic disorders. These problems can make it harder to think clearly, manage how you feel, and work with other people. Sometimes you may feel helpless and hopeless.

Mental health problems can include but are not limited to Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Schizophrenia.

Stigma

People sometimes have negative views about things they don’t understand, such as mental health problems. This is called stigma. Respecting yourself is important. Try to remember that there’s nothing to feel ashamed of. The problem is with your brain, not with you. You can reach goals that are important to you even if you have a mental health problem.

What Can You Do

Here are some ways you can help others better understand mental health problems:

  • Be honest with people about your condition.
  • Let them know that your mental health problem is a medical problem that can be treated.
  • Talk about your recovery. This will help them understand the challenges you face.
  • Accept that you may need breaks during activities. Your symptoms may make it harder to focus on things for a long time.
  • Work with your family and doctor to set goals you can reach. Let them know what changes you want to make in your life.

Find a Doctor

Call Community Health Net to schedule an appointment with a provider today: (814) 455-7222. Or visit www.communityhealthnet.org for more information.

For more information on Mental Health, click here.

Our health information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Please be advised that this information is made available to help the public learn more about their health. Community Health Net providers may not see and/or treat all topics found herein.

Health Facts is a public service partnership of Community Health Net and CF Cares of Country Fair Stores, Inc.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States.

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer means that cells that aren’t normal are growing in your colon or rectum. These cells grow together and form polyps. Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer.

This cancer is also called colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where the cancer is. And it occurs most often in people older than 50.

Get the Facts.

  • The lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is about 1 in 23 for men and women combined but varies widely according to individual risk factors.
  • About 71% of cases arise in the colon and about 29% in the rectum.
  • The proportion of cases diagnosed in individuals younger than age 50 increased from 6% in 1990 to 11% in 2013.
  • Most of these cases (72%) occur in people who are in their 40s.

Take Action.

  • Talk to your doctor immediately, regardless of your age or family history, if you are experiencing symptoms such as pain, blood, or other irregularities.
  • All men and women should be screened for colorectal cancer.
  • Adults without a family history should begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45.
  • If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, get screened at age 40 or 10 years before the age of the youngest case in your immediate family.

Symptoms

Colorectal cancer usually doesn’t cause symptoms until after it has started to spread. See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Pain in your belly
  • Blood in your stool or very dark stools
  • A change in your bowel habits, such as more frequent stools or a feeling that your bowels are not emptying completely

Screening

Screening tests can find or prevent many cases of colon and rectal cancer. They look for a certain disease or condition before any symptoms appear. Some experts say that adults should start regular screening at age 50 and stop at age 75. Others say to start before age 50 or continue after age 75. Talk with your doctor about your risk and when to start and stop screening. Your doctor may recommend getting tested more often or at a younger age if you have a higher risk.

Screening tests include stool tests, such as FIT, that can be done at home and procedures, such as colonoscopy, that are done at your doctor’s office or clinic.

Find a Doctor

Call Community Health Net to schedule an appointment with a provider today: (814) 455-7222. Or visit www.communityhealthnet.org for more information.

Our health information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Please be advised that this information is made available to assist the public to learn more about their health. Community Health Net providers may not see and/or treat all topics found herein.

Health Facts is a public service partnership of Community Health Net and CF Cares of Country Fair Stores, Inc.

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