Stroke Awareness Month

May 16, 2016

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month and we want to make sure that we are doing our part to keep you informed. Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can save a life, maybe even yours, so it is crucial that we understand what a stroke is and how to spot one. A stroke occurs when a vessel in the brain becomes blocked by a clot (Ischemic) or actually ruptures (Hemorrhagic). There are over 7 million stroke survivors in the US, but it is the No. 5 cause of death in men and No. 3 cause of death in women. The good news is 80% of strokes are preventable by managing your risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and lack of physical activity.

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National Women’s Health Week is an initiative started by the Department of Health and Human Services to empower women to make their health a priority. Each year, the campaign kicks off on Mother’s Day and runs through Saturday. During this time, women are encouraged to promote healthy living for family and friends in the hopes to motivate someone to make a change.

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This week we would like to discuss Melanoma. Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. Out of 13,650 skin cancer deaths per year, melanoma is responsible for more than 10,000 of those deaths. This is why we would like to put a focus on how to prevent it, how to identify it and when it’s time to come see one of our dermatologists.

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