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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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    Breast Health

    Three-Step Plan for Preventive Care

    The thought of having breast cancer is frightening to everyone, and especially devastating to women. However, ignoring the possibility that you may develop breast cancer or avoiding the processes to detect cancer can be dangerous. Although there are some women who are at higher risk, the fact is that all women are at risk for breast cancer. That's why it's so important to follow this three-step plan for preventive care.

    Breast cancer can't be prevented at the present time but early detection of problems provides the greatest possibility of successful treatment learn more >>

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    Seasonal Asthma

    Keep Autumn Triggers Under Control

    Autumn means pumpkins, colorful leaves and, for some, worries about asthma. You can blame these worries on seasonal asthma triggers that are in the air and environment, along with falling temperatures. You can thrive during this season by avoiding asthma triggers and following your asthma action plan.

    Learn more about how to manage your symptoms and stay in control >>

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    Family Time

    Making the Most of Family Moments

    The time you spend with your children each day doesn't have to be scripted or scheduled. In fact, if you set aside only specific times as "family time," it may put pressure on both you and your kids.

    Instead, family time can take place spontaneously in many different ways during ordinary interactions between parents and children, whether it's rocking a baby to sleep or driving a teenager to the mall.

    Get other helpful ideas to help you put the focus on valuable family time >>

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    Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life?

    If you’re a person who always has a rosy outlook and sees the glass as half-full rather than half-empty, your positive attitude may have even more benefits than you think. A growing number of scientific studies indicate that optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people.

    Learn about the benefits of a positive outlook on life >>


Breast Cancer Risk Assessment

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (other than skin cancer).  Take the breast cancer risk assessment now >>


Hope on the Horizon for Breast Cancer

In recent years, researchers have discovered new and better ways to detect and treat breast cancer — and to keep it from coming back, the American Cancer Society (ACS) says. These new developments stem from a vast body of research. Learn more >>

Health Consumer

Be A Smart Health Consumer

How to Be a Wise Health Care Consumer

Here are common problems you may run into as a health care consumer, with tips for wise responses.Take our advice and take charge of your health >>

Choosing a Hospital

You don't have time to choose a hospital if you have a health emergency. But if you’re facing surgery or treatment for a particular health condition, taking time to find a hospital that meets your needs is well worth the effort. Start your evaluation here >>

How to Take Part in Every Medical Decision

Well-informed people who play a significant role in deciding how they’re going to treat their health conditions are likely to feel better about the decision process. Make your empowered first step here >>

Get the Most From Your Doctor Visits

To avoid wasting valuable time, be prepared for every doctor visit, using these suggestions, plan your time with your provider and walk out knowing you have made the most of your time >>

Preventive Care Guidelines

Screenings and Tests to Consider

Getting screening tests and vaccinations is an important part of preventive care. Find out which tests and immunizations are recommended by age group and gender. Use these guidelines when discussing a disease prevention plan with your health care provider. You may need a plan that is different, depending on your situation.

Guidelines for Women

Age 18-39

Age 40-49

Age 50-64

Age 65+

    Guidelines for Men


    Age 18-39

    Age 40-49

    Age 50-64

    Age 65+

    This schedule comes from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, unless otherwise noted.

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