When you receive a diagnosis for a serious or terminal condition - cancer, Alzheimer's, ALS, etc. - your whole world changes. Many people decide to confront the diagnosis head on, agreeing to further tests, medication and treatments. Others sink into depression. Some even take their own lives out of a feeling of hopelessness.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CSC) approximately a quarter of all deaths that occur in the United States each year, over 600,000 can be traced back to heart disease.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - the time of year when products suddenly turn pink. The objective is to raise awareness of breast cancer and encourage women to get preventive breast cancer screenings. It is also a reminder to younger women to conduct self-examinations and see a physician if they detect anything unusual.
"I thought I had the flu" This is what many women say after having a heart attack.
Every year, more than 12,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. More than 4,000 will die. While these statistics are scary, it's important to remember that cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable types of cancer - if it is diagnosed early.
According to numerous scientific studies, heart attacks increase on Christmas and New Year's Day. In fact, heart-related deaths are five percent more common during the holiday season.
During November - or Movember - many men grow their facial hair to raise money and awareness for men's health. While it's fun to throw out the razor, it's important not to overlook the real message: every year, men die from cancers that would have been highly treatable if they'd been identified in time. For example: testicular cancer.