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    National November Diabetes Month

    November is American Diabetes Month

    Raising awareness of this ever-growing disease and the many people who are impacted by diabetes is important. Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. People with prediabetes are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and for heart disease and stroke. Type 2 diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older adults but can appear in young people. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion. American Diabetes Month takes place each November and is a time to come together as a community to Stop Diabetes®!

    TCPH's Chronic Disease Prevention works to help people understand diabetes, take steps to prevent diabetes, and helps those with diabetes manage their disease.

    Here's more about American Diabetes Month.

     

       

    COPD Awareness

    It's COPD Awareness Month

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is a chronic lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. The disease is increasingly common, affecting millions of Americans, and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The good news is COPD is often preventable and treatable.

       

    November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Mo.

    National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

    Stomach cancers are the FIFTH most common cancer types worldwide, and the THIRD leading causes of cancer death in the world. Learn more about risks and prevention, including hereditary risks, and share what you learn with others. It could become the knowledge that saves the life of someone you know. Perhaps even your own.

       

    Great American Smokeout

    The Great American Smokeout takes place Thursday, Nov. 19.

    Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. According to the American Cancer Society, as of 2013, there were also 12.4 million cigar smokers in the US,  8.8 smokeless tobacco users and 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes.

    TCPH's Freedom From Smoking program offers classes on a regular basis to help people kick the habit. 

       

    Family Health History Day

    National Family Health History Day is Thursday, Nov. 26.

    Americans know family history is important to health. A recent survey found that 96 percent of Americans believe knowing their family history is important. Yet, the same survey found only one-third of Americans have ever tried to gather and write down their family's health history. 

    Because family health history is such a powerful screening tool, the Surgeon General has created a new computerized tool to help make it fun and easy for anyone to create a sophisticated portrait of their family's health.