Any diagnosis of cancer is devastating, but with most cancers, the earlier you catch it, the better your chances are of beating it. That’s why taking advantage of cancer screening tests is so important; in some cases getting screened can even help you stop cancer before it starts. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to understand which tests are needed – and too often we’re so busy taking care of our families and loved ones that we don’t take the time to care for ourselves.
To help address these challenges, DPH recently launched an awareness campaign encouraging women to talk to their health care providers about breast and cervical cancer screenings. The campaign aims to empower women to discuss the topic with their healthcare providers, understand the importance of getting appropriate screenings, and figure out which tests are right for them.
The campaign also reminds health care providers of the critical role they play in keeping their patients healthy by discussing the benefits of regular screening and explaining age/risk-appropriate screening guidelines for breast and cervical cancer.
If you’re a health care provider, I encourage you to talk with your female patients about screening for breast and cervical cancer. One simple conversation really can save lives. To find out more, visit mass.gov/dph/cancerscreenings.
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014