02 Jan January Healthcare Observances
Observe These January Healthcare Observances
At Prescription PR, we know how important it is to acknowledge the January Healthcare Observances so that we can inform and spread awareness for as many people as possible. To start off 2019, we’ve listed the various health issues people suffer from daily that will be acknowledged throughout the month of January.
Cervical Health Awareness:
Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of death for women across the U.S. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 12,000 women between the ages of 20 and 50 will be diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. Cervical cancer occurs in the cervix, which connects the lower portion of the uterus to the vagina. Fortunately, you can catch cervical cancer early if you routinely visit your gynecologist for yearly Pap smears. A Pap smear is a test that allows your doctor to check for any precancerous changes in your cervix. When caught early, cervical cancer is very treatable. This is why it’s important to spread awareness about cervical cancer throughout the January Healthcare Observances!
Birth Defects Prevention:
Throughout the U.S. 1 out of every 33 babies are born suffering a birth defect. This is a problem that happens when the baby is still developing in the womb. While some may be harmless, severe cases can lead to long-term medical issues that require future treatment. They can affect the appearance of your child, the way their organs function, or even the physical and/or mental development of the child. The main cause of a birth defect can be hard to pinpoint. They can be the result or combination of the following reasons:
- It can be genetic
- Lifestyle choices or behavior
- Ex: drug use, alcohol consumption, or smoking throughout pregnancy
- Being exposed to certain medications or chemicals
- It can be the result of an infection during your pregnancy
It’s important to spread awareness about birth defects throughout the January Healthcare Observances so that future mothers and others know how to prevent or handle the situation.
Glaucoma is a type of eye disease that damages your optic nerve. When the optic nerve is damaged, it can lead to issues with visual information traveling from the brain to your eyes. It tends to be the result of high pressure in your eye. If left untreated, your optic nerve tissue can be destroyed which could result in vision loss or in more severe cases, blindness. Spreading awareness for glaucoma throughout the month of January could help not only inform, but encourage people suffering to get checked early and help prevent future vision loss.
Your thyroid gland helps the body produce and regulate hormones dealing with adrenaline, dopamine, and your metabolism. The Thyroid gland along with the Pituitary gland make all of this happen. If one isn’t functioning properly, the other won’t either. If your thyroid isn’t functioning correctly, it will not be able to break down proteins or process carbohydrates and vitamins. This could lead to unmanageable weight gain. Thyroid complications can be extremely complicated, that’s why it’s important to spread awareness during the January Healthcare Observances so people can get checked by their doctors.
Blood Donor Awareness:
January 2019 is dedicated to Blood Donor awareness. It has been one of the main January Healthcare Observances since 1970! This is due to the fact that winter is one of the hardest times to collect blood for patients in need, according to the American Red Cross. By donating blood you could save a life or even improve the health of someone else. Spreading awareness for blood donation can help encourage people to learn more about their blood type and how they can donate to help those in need!
Folic Acid Awareness Week (Jan. 6-12th):
Vitamin B9 is an essential nutrient for the body, and Folic Acid is a synthetic form of it. It can be used a supplement or it can be added to processed food products. For years people believed that folic acid was better absorbed than folate, which a natural version of vitamin B9. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Folic Acid usually isn’t converted to the active form of B9 needed by the body in the digestive system. It can take up to a full day to completely metabolize. This could lead to buildup in the bloodstream, which could lead to future health risks.
Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness:
Winter is an exciting time for those of us who participate in sports such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hockey, and others. Yet, many of these sports can lead to some dangerous injuries. That’s why Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) caused by winter sports is extremely important to discuss as one of the January healthcare observances. One of those TBI’s being concussions happen more frequently than you’d think. They can lead to long-term health risks if left without attention.
Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (Jan. 22-27):
National Drug and Alcohol Facts week is designed to help contradict the information spread on social media, TV, music, and movies students may believe. It’s been put into place by scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. They’ve established to program to help teach kids more about the effects of drug use and how it could lead to addiction. Spreading awareness during the month of January can be done by participating and/or hosting an event held in schools or your local community.
Prescription PR recognizes the importance of educating others on national health observances. By spreading awareness we can help those suffering from these health conditions diagnose themselves sooner rather than later.