October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

  • If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
  • If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

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Ways to get more steps

Park far from the entrance

Take a couple laps around the parking lot before coming into work

Take a walk at lunch

Take a break during the day to walk

Use the restroom on the 3rd floor

Walk around the soccer field while waiting for games

Fit in a walk before you drive home

Take an after dinner walk with the family

Take advantage of the weekend and get a longer walk in

Grab a walking buddy to make it fun

Keep a pair of walking shoes in your car and at your desk so that you can get up and go when you can

 

 

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

We all need shots (also called vaccinations or immunizations) to help protect us from serious diseases.

Shots can prevent serious diseases like the flu, measles, and pneumonia. It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu vaccine every year. Many other shots work best when they are given at certain ages.

Talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure that everyone in your family gets the shots they need.