Top 5 Ways to Prevent Cervical Cancer

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Top 5 ways to prevent Cervical Cancer can help you save a life if not your own. Happy New Year everyone!! Its the start of another year and, if you did not know, January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. That means all women, including the women you love if you are not a woman, needs to read this post and get in contact with your physician. Last year it was estimated that 12,820 women would be diagnosed with Cervical Cancer and 4,210 would die from this disease. All of my life I have heard that an ounce of prevention goes a long way, and this was before I even became a nurse. But as a nurse I see how this statement is such a true one that needs to be taken very seriously.

In order to prevent any illness we have to take part in our healthcare and do what is necessary. The 5 ways to prevent Cervical Cancer are getting timely checkups, limiting sex partners, using protection with partners, not smoking, and if you are of age or have children of age, get the vaccine.  These are some things we can do for ourselves daily, without a prescription from a physician.

 

Timely Checkup

The first prevention for Cervical Cancer is getting pap smears completed timely. Pap test are completed every 3 years if you’re between the ages of 21-29 (or younger if sexually active), every 5 years along with the HPV test if 30-64. Women 65 or older speak with your physician to see if these check ups are still necessary. I can also state with certainty that if any pap smear comes back abnormal your time frame for testing will be different. Being a woman I understand how this test is dreaded, but its better to have this completed than to get a bad diagnosis.

Limiting Sex Partners/Protection

#sexpartners #protection #condomsAnother way to decrease the chances of getting cervical cancer is by limiting your sexual partners. The HPV virus has high-risks strains that can cause Cervical Cancer, and having contact with several sexual partners increases the chance of contracting it. People contracts HPV by oral, anal and vaginal intercourse and most people are not aware they have it. Studies also show that your chances of HPV causing Cervical Cancer increases if you have other STDs, such as Chlamydia. There is no judgement from me if anyone chooses to have multiple partners, but use protection. Using condoms during sex can help decrease chances of contracting the STD that can lead to Cervical Cancer.

 

Smoking can Cause Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, women who smoke are twice as likely to develop this cancer than those that do not smoke. Smoking decreases your body’s immune system, weakening its chances of fighting off any HPV infection.  Tobacco has chemicals that are cancer causing in our bodies, so even people who do not smoke are at risk from the second-hand smoke.  Just becoming aware of these things allows us to make better choices and decisions about our healthcare.

 

Vaccination against Cancer

Last but not least, there is a vaccine against the HPV virus. The vaccinesvaccination does not fight against the infection, but used to prevent infection. A Physician starts the series  around ages 11-12 for young female and men. It is recommended for women between the ages of 13-26 and men from the ages of 13-21. I understand some people don’t believe in vaccines, but I am listing this information for those people that do.  A person gets the HPV vaccination before being exposed to the virus. HPV can be contracted just by skin to skin contact, and not just engaging in a sexual act. Knowing this information allows us to become more educated on this issue by creating a want to learn more. Check with your child’s pediatrician or your own physician to learn more about the HPV vaccine.

 

There are other things that can cause Cervical Cancer. But the 5 things I have noted above are at the top of the list. We are half way through the first month of a New Year, and I want everyone to have a healthier year than last year. Becoming more involved in your healthcare is the best thing that a person can do for themselves. Ask your physician questions about your medications or when preventive check ups are due for you. Remember, prevention is easier to get than a cure. What checkups have you scheduled so far this year?

 

 

Cervical Health Awareness Month - Get regular Pap tests.

5 Self Care Tips for Caregivers to Use

 

These 5 self-care tips for caregivers can be a start to taking better care of ourselves. In the fast paced living of today’s world, no one has time to focus on self-care. A caregiver says this daily until put in a situation where there is no other choice but to slow down and care for self.   Self-care is one of the most neglected areas in the lives of caregivers around the world. We have to understand that in order to give great care, caregivers need to be able to feel great as well.   Sometimes it feels selfish, but caregivers have to start reminding ourselves how those we care for will be affected if we are ill or too debilitated to take care of anyone.  I am reaching out to all caregivers, not just those in the medical field. Any person that takes care of someone at home or even outside of your home, is a caregiver.

 

Relaxation is Self-Care

  1. Take time out for your self without feeling guilty. Do something as simple as stopping at the bookstore to browse through your favorite genre to see whats new. You can also plan a trip to get a manicure, pedicure, or visit your hair stylist. Of course, you have to complete your errand runs, but take the scenic route to get there. Just doing one of these things helps me relieve stress and feel a little more energized. none
  2. Get some rest and make sure you are eating nutritious meals.  Caregivers tend to skimp on rest and proper nutrition.  We always feel rushed and as if there are not enough hours in the day to complete all that is required of us. But, these two things are essential for us to be at our greatest.  We have to strive harder at achieving this goal. If I can’t get in a full 8 hours of sleep then I try to sneak in a power nap during the day. For nutrition, I am working hard at packing healthy snacks to keep with me while running errands, and packing lunch for work days.
  3. Health Checkups

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    3. Make an attempt to get in some exercise. At least 10 minutes of exercise daily will help with decreasing stress and increasing energy. Exercise also helps us to sleep well, strengthen bones and muscles, and improves your mental health and mood. With all of these benefits makes me wonder why this is not always a priority for us.

  4. Visit your healthcare physician.  Make sure you are completing your health care check-ups regularly. Also, ask for referrals to speak with a counselor or psychiatrist if you feel mentally drained. Speaking to a professional about your mental health is part of taking care of self as well. You should report issues to your physician so that any problems can be taken care of. This prevents them from turning into something that keeps you away from caring for those you love.lifestyle change
  5. Lastly, make sure to use the resources that are available to you. Caregivers in the medical profession are offered self-care information and provided with classes on services offered. There is also the  American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) that gives so much information on how to care for yourself as well as your patients.  There is plenty of helpful information assistance for caregivers that are not in the medical world as well. The National Alliance for Caregiving provides resources and information on everything from finances to benefits that assist with affording medications for your loved ones. Utilize the services of your insurance plans.  Most plans offer additional resources to inform the consumer of the help available.

Being a patient advocate is a part of nursing.  Use community resources to help educate families and patients on self-care.  Give information on things like respite or Adult Day Care Centers. Also, everyone should reach out to your insurance providers to ask what caregiver resources are available.  Everyone needs to take better care of self to stay healthy and be able to provide the care to patients and loved ones.

Autism Awareness

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Autism:

The disorder is mainly defined as, “a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior”, and can be diagnosed in a child as young as 18 months of age.  According to the Mayo Clinic, boys are affected at a higher rate than girls. The cause of the disorder is not completely known, but scientist believe that both genetics and environmental factors plays a role. #autism #autismawareness

Awareness:

Autism Awareness is helping more people to understand this issue and helping children to be better diagnosed. I can admit that the first time I saw someone with Autism was on the movie Mercury Rising. I had heard of the disorder but never actually met a person with the disorder. While I watched the movie I was amazed how smart the kid was with the things he was doing. But I wondered if that was a true representation of the disorder.  As time went on I found out the one thing the movie had correct was how smart autistic children are. I learned that there are different ways that autism is presented in an individual and everyone does not act the same way.

Other movies have been created since more light has been shined on Autism. Here are a list of 5 movies that can be seen on Netflix about Autism:

  • Sounding The Alarm
  • Fly Away
  • Dad’s in Heaven with Nixon
  • A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism
  • The Story of Luke

There are a few more titles that was present but these are noted as the top 5.  I am a nurse and have now been in contact with a few patients with Autism and I can say they were a joy, but I plan on watching these movies to get a little more insight into what my patients and their families go thru. Will you join me in further educating yourself on this disorder? Have you worn blue to acknowledge Autism this month? Well April has just started so you have several more days to represent your support. #autismawareness #autism #awareness #autismlove

April is Autism Awareness month so be sure to educate yourself on this disorder a little more. Share the information that you learn, and if you know someone with Autism be more supportive if you haven’t been.

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