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HPV: The Top 5 Things You Should Know

Teen girl getting a vaccination shot
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States -- it’s estimated over seventy nine million people are currently infected. Although most cases of HPV cause no symptoms and are naturally cleared by the body’s immune defense, some strains of the infection can lead to genital warts and several types of cancer, including cervical. There are no treatment options for HPV, but regular screenings can eliminate your chances of the virus progressing into something more serious.
Family playing in the snow
The holiday season provides a fantastic opportunity to catch up with family, friends, and loved ones. Unfortunately, it can also provide a platform for an endless smorgasbord of tempting seasonal treats, including ones loaded with fat, calories, refined sugars, and processed ingredients. Holiday indulgence in food and drink can add a few inches to your waistline, not to mention cause tears of regret during that first visit to the bathroom scale on New Year’s Day. So what is a person to do?
Woman showing signs of holiday stress
Studies have found women are more prone to experiencing holiday stress than men, with many women reporting increasingly heightened stress levels through the holidays. Holiday-induced stressors indicated by women include lack of time, not enough money, pressure to give or get gifts, and inability to manage the increased load of entertaining, social obligations, cooking/baking, decorating and holiday traveling on top of everyday work and family responsibilities.
Pregnant woman getting a shot
Now that cold and flu season is upon us, it is especially important for pregnant women to safeguard themselves and their unborn babies against seasonal flu. The flu vaccine is the best form of available protection against the flu, which can cause major complications for both expectant moms and their unborn babies.

Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Elderly Mother & Daughter preparing a turkey

Whether heading over the river and through the woods, or staying home and hosting family and friends, Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful and celebrate the many gifts of family, friends, and health, even if that means having to endure Uncle Horace’s same corny jokes shared year after year or Grandpa’s loud chainsaw-like snoring at the table before dessert is served.  

Woman with no smoking sign

With the Great American Smoke Out on November 16, many of the estimated 37.8 million Americans who currently smoke band together to tackle the challenges of permanently quitting this unhealthy, dangerous habit. 

Pregnant woman at a doctor's checkup
November is National Diabetes Month and, this year, the nation is focusing on gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), a type of diabetes only diagnosed during pregnancy. Women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes do not have a previous diabetes diagnosis.
Breast Cancer Hope
Unfortunately, we all have seen and felt the horrible effects of breast cancer. Whether you’ve personally struggled with the disease or witnessed the battle that others have faced, it can often feel hopeless. However, as the years have passed, scientists and researchers continue to prioritize research and technology developments, laboratory tests, treatments, and medicines to help women currently fighting breast cancer, as well as, those presenting a high risk for developing the disease.
Women exercising to help reduce breast cancer risk
Every woman faces the risk of breast cancer, especially as she ages, since most breast cancers are diagnosed in women over age 50. However, many known breast cancer risk factors are directly linked to how we take care of ourselves. Staying healthy by making the right lifestyle choices lowers breast cancer risk, as well as, improves the chance of survival in those diagnosed.
Mammogram procedure to screen for breast cancer

As we march into October, many of you may see a predominant amount of pink decorating sports fields, advertisements, and signage spaces in your local communities. As a women’s health practice, we are dedicated to both advocating for your health and arming you with the information to be your own advocate. This month, we are celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer-related death in women. One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

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