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January is Cervical Cancer Screening Month

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    Know the Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer

    Early detection is the best way to prevent cervical cancer. Routine exams and tests can detect precancerous conditions. This means that some cells are abnormal, but not cancerous now. It is important to take charge of your own health and take steps to ensure a healthy future. Make sure you contact your healthcare provider to schedule an exam.

    Learn more about the risk factors, symptoms and treatment for cervical cancer >>

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    It's Snow Fun: Smashes and Crashes

    Skiing and snowboarding are exhilarating activities and great workouts. Both sports are excellent for your heart, bones and muscles. It's important to prepare your body for the rigors of these strenuous winter sports with some pre-skiing and pre-snowboarding exercises to strengthen you and get you fit to handle the slopes. If you already took a tumble, make sure you get it checked out by an orthopedic specialist or a physical therapist.

    Study tips on how to get your body ready for some fun in the sun and snow >>

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    Glaucoma: Darkening the Edges of Sight

    Glaucoma affects nearly 3 million Americans each year and half of them do not know they have the disease. It can create blind spots in your peripheral vision and if left untreated, it can result in blindness. But what do you really know about glaucoma? Do you know the symptoms or how doctors treat it? If you think you may have symptoms, be sure to reach out to a physician.

    Take our quiz on glaucoma and learn the facts and how to tell if you are at risk >>

What do you know about cervical cancer?


WomanCancerWindowSmallAccording to the American Cancer Society (ACS), about 4,100 women will die from cervical cancer in 2015. Fortunately, the cervical cancer death rate declined by more than 50 percent over the last 30 years. The main reasons: education and regular tests.

Test your knowledge of cervical cancer >>

Take the right steps to lose weight


WomanScaleSmallMany people resolve to lose weight with the start of a new year, but relying on a bathroom scale may not be the best option. Experts say you should also know your body mass index (BMI), which takes into account your weight and your height to indicate body fat. Knowing your BMI helps create a targeted weight-loss plan.

Calculate your body mass index now >>

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Be A Smart Health Consumer

How to Be a Wise Health Care Consumer

Here are common problems you may run into as a health care consumer, with tips for wise responses.Take our advice and take charge of your health >>

Choosing a Hospital

You don't have time to choose a hospital if you have a health emergency. But if you’re facing surgery or treatment for a particular health condition, taking time to find a hospital that meets your needs is well worth the effort. Start your evaluation here >>

How to Take Part in Every Medical Decision

Well-informed people who play a significant role in deciding how they’re going to treat their health conditions are likely to feel better about the decision process. Make your empowered first step here >>

Get the Most From Your Doctor Visits

To avoid wasting valuable time, be prepared for every doctor visit, using these suggestions, plan your time with your provider and walk out knowing you have made the most of your time >>

Preventive Care Guidelines

Screenings and Tests to Consider

Getting screening tests and vaccinations is an important part of preventive care. Find out which tests and immunizations are recommended by age group and gender. Use these guidelines when discussing a disease prevention plan with your health care provider. You may need a plan that is different, depending on your situation.

Guidelines for Women

Age 18-39

Age 40-49

Age 50-64

Age 65+

    Guidelines for Men


    Age 18-39

    Age 40-49

    Age 50-64

    Age 65+

    This schedule comes from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, unless otherwise noted.

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