Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older. Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to spread the word about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer.…

About 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence. You can help by encouraging schools, community-based organizations, parents, and teens to come together to prevent teen dating violence.…

Rates of preeclampsia are rising in the United States. Preeclampsia, a condition that some women develop during pregnancy, can cause serious complications for women and their babies — and may even be deadly. Women with preeclampsia develop high blood pressure after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Rarely, preeclampsia can lead to eclampsia, a more serious condition that can cause seizures and coma in women with preeclampsia.…

Ever have a patient who knows he needs to lose weight, but the amount of weight is so daunting that he doesn’t know how to get started? Or a patient with high cholesterol who is having trouble making lifestyle changes that would reduce her risk of a cardiovascular event? If so, you might want to start making action plans with your patients.
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Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity and causes almost all cases of cervical cancer.

The good news? The HPV vaccine can prevent HPV, and regular screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer.…

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but regular screening can save lives by finding polyps (precancerous growths) before they become cancer. The USPSTF recommends screening everyone ages 50 to 75 for colorectal cancer.

Since there are different types of colorectal cancer screening tests, it’s important for clinicians to use shared decision making with patients when talking about these life-saving preventive services.…

World AIDS Day on December 1 is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV. In the United States, about 37,600 people get infected with HIV every year. It’s important that everyone ages 15 to 65 gets tested for HIV at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often. …