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Girlfriends’ Health


August 1 is National Girlfriends’ Day. A time to celebrate friendships and support one another. Friends lend an ear to listen and, sometimes, a shoulder to cry on.

Friends get you! They lend an ear to listen, and sometimes, a shoulder to cry on.

They can help you live safe and healthy…for life! Here are some resources and tips to help you and your best buddies look out for one another.

Cancer Prevention

Friends encourage friends to get their regular health tests and screenings, which can help find problems early, when the chances for treatment and cure are often better.

* Cervical cancer is highly preventable. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable. You should start getting regular Pap tests at age 21. If your Pap test results are normal, your health care provider may tell you that you can wait three years until your next Pap test. If you’re 30 years old or older, you may choose to have a human papillomavirus (HPV) test along with the Pap test. If your test results are normal, your health care provider may tell you that you can wait as long as five years for your next screening.

* If your friends are 26 or younger, ask if they got all three HPV shots. If not, suggest getting them now to help prevent cervical and other kinds of cancer.

* Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it’s easier to treat. If you’re 50 to 74 years old, get a screening mammogram every two years. If you’re 40 to 49 years old, talk to your health care provider.

* Screening for colorectal cancer saves lives by finding the precancerous polyps and removing them before they turn into cancer, or by finding cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure. You should start screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, and get screened regularly until you’re 75 years old.

* Remind your friends that indoor tanning and tanning outside are both dangerous. They can cause melanoma (the deadliest kind of skin cancer) and cataracts.
For more information please visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

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