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Woman who survived breast cancer exercising

In January 2019, there were over 3.1 million women in the United States who were undergoing treatment for breast cancer or who had already finished treatment. In our series for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have already discussed breast cancer prevention and what women can do to lower their likelihood of developing breast cancer. However, it is also crucial to discuss life after breast cancer. Breast cancer affects many women every year and recovery can be a tough and stressful time.

October is breast cancer awareness month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer often touches our lives in many ways, whether it is through the diagnosis of a friend, family member, or our own personal experience. Breast cancer death rates have been steadily decreasing since 1989, but there is still a long way to go in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. One in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime and an estimated 40,000 women are expected to die from it each year.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer awareness month

Less than 20% of ovarian cancer is detected in its early stages. Because of this rate, ovarian cancer is often referred to as “silent” or a “whisper”. This Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we want to amplify the whisper that affects over 20,000 women in the US every year and educate women about the risks of Ovarian cancer, treatment, and scientific progress in the fight against it.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Overweight child eating snacks and watching tv

In the United States, nearly 40% of adults and 20% of children are obese. September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month; this month, take the opportunity to learn about the risks associated with childhood obesity and how to counter them. Obesity is often accompanied with other health concerns and comorbidities for both children and adults. Common risks for children include:

Young girl getting on a school bus

For many families, summer passes in the blink of an eye. Before you know it, it is time to pick the first day outfit, pack the backpack, and send your child off to school. This can be a hectic season of adjusting to new schedules, incorporating new activities into your weekly routine, and adding new stressors to your family’s lives. Overall, however, your family’s health is critical in staying active at work and school. Here are some tips for starting the school year off right:

National Immunization Month

For many adults and parents, it is easy to let their health take a backseat to many of their other daily concerns. While they are often cognizant of their children’s health and vaccination schedules, it is easy to overlook or even forget vaccinations that they may be overdue for. The CDC recommends that adults are regularly vaccinated against several different illnesses.

Breast pain

If you recently read about the Top Five Benefits of Breastfeeding, you may have decided that you are ready to start breastfeeding. However, many women do encounter challenges when breastfeeding that can feel frustrating and discourage them from continuing. The benefits to both mother and child are worth the struggle, so we have compiled a list of the most common breastfeeding challenges and the solutions that we think may help.

Woman breastfeeding newborn baby

National Breastfeeding Month and International Breastfeeding week both occur in August, so Capital Women’s Care wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate some of the benefits of breastfeeding.

The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that mothers breastfeed exclusively for six months, before introducing any other food to their baby. After other foods are introduced after six months of age, it is recommended that mothers breastfeed in conjunction with other foods for at least six more months.

Family on a summer hike up a hill.

This summer, we are focusing on steps to keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy! In Part 1 of our blog series, we talked about the importance of protection from the sun and heat, water safety, and preventing the spread of insect-carried disease. This week, we explore how you can take advantage of the summer weather to create a healthy lifestyle for your family.

Family enjoying a summer picnic

The warm summer weather presents the perfect opportunity to get outside with the family for some fun in the sun. It’s important that while doing this, you do your best to keep the family safe. To help you do so, our team at Capital Women’s Care has gathered a list of safety tips to keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy this summer. In this two-part series, we will be looking at some safe, summer-specific ways to make the most of your time together with your family.

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