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Heart Disease Presentation

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (1116)
LEARN MORE ABOUT HEART DISEASE
 
 
We've decided to try something new to present our information about heart disease.  We developed a Presentation, just for you!! 
 
Please take a moment to listen to our presentation.  If you have trouble viewing the presentation please let us know or you can join us for one of our informational sessions/classes in the community.  Continue to visit the website for updates.  Also, we will be posting the outline along with notes that go along with the presentation in the next few days.
 
Please click below to listen!
Note: Depending on the web browser your are using, the slides may have a delayed start. Please be patient, we are trying to work this out.  Thank you!
 
powerpointheart.swf (SWF — 6 MB)
 
 
 
As always, please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns.  We encourage you to engage in conversation on the blog. 

Cervical Cancer and HPV- Be Informed!

Posted on January 5, 2013 at 7:33 PM Comments comments (61)
Hi All and Happy New Year!!  January is Cervical Health Awareness Month so we wanted to share some information about Cervical Cancer and HPV.  We would like to encourage you to discuss this subject and share your stories!

According to the CDC, Cervical Cancer refers to an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells affecting the cervix.  The cervix connects the body of uterus to the vagina (Birth Canal).  There are two types of cervical cancer:

1. Squamous Cell Cervical Cancer (Most Common)

2. Adenocarcinoma of the Cervix

Quick Facts from the CDC
  • About 12,400 women are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer every year.
  • About 4,000 women die from Cervical Cancer
  • In 2008 studies showed that Hispanic women have the highest incidence of the disease, followed by African American women, Caucasian women, Indian women, and finally Asian women.
  • In 2008, African American women were found more likely to die from this type of cancer.
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus and is the most common sexually transmitted disease and the most common cause of Cervical Cancer.

THE GOOD NEWS

Cervical Cancer is highly preventable due to Pap Smears/Screening tests that are used to detect these abnormal cells.  This test allows for early treatment.  Early treatment and detection has been effective in improving the quality of life and the overall health of women with the disease.  Also, there is a HPV Vaccine that is now available to help prevent the HPV Virus.  Gynecologist have said that women should have a Pap Exam at least every 3-5 years.  

Please take a listen to this Podcast Presented by the CDC to learn more about Cervical Cancer, HPV, Screenings and Treatment.  





So, here are the questions ladies:

1. When was your last PAP Exam?
2.  Have you or your teen taken the HPV Vaccine if eligible?
3. Do you know where you can receive free or low cost Pap Screening Test, HPV Vaccines or Treatment?

Please feel free to discuss this subject on the blog!  As always, if you have further questions or need to know where you can go to receive any of the above in Woodbridge, VA you can contact us by clicking here!

Get Your Flu Vaccine!!

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 11:53 PM Comments comments (621)
Seasonal Flu

FLU season is upon us, it is important to get your Flu vaccine.  According to the Center for Disease Control it is especially important for those who are at high risk for developing complications of the flu to get vaccinated.  

High risk groupsinclude:
-People who are 65 years or older.
-People with medical conditions such as Asthma, Diabetes, Lung Disease
-Pregnant Women

People who live with or care for people in high risk groups should get vaccinated as well!

The Flu Vaccine is covered by many insurance plans or can be provided for a fee.  If you have a Primary Care Physician contact the office to schedule your flu vaccine.  Here are a few other places you can receive the flu vaccine in Prince William County:

-Prince William Area Free Clinic
-Greater Prince William Community Health Center
-Prince William County Health Department
-CVS

If you need more assistance with finding a place for a flu vaccine, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] 





Holiday Health Safety Tips from the CDC

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 12:21 AM Comments comments (66)
The Holidays are here and while everyone is busy with shopping for gifts, attending holiday parties and events, visiting family, it is still important to think about your health!  Here is a creative little Christmas song provided by the CDC that provides us with Holiday Health Safety tips.  To read more about health safety tips visit http://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday/.




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