Health Pro Tips for January 2024

The best science, stories, and strategies related to this month’s national health themes. Check back throughout the month for new additions.

Glaucoma Awareness

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve.  Glaucoma can occur at any age but is more common in older adults. It is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over the age of 60. 

Cervical Cancer Awareness

According to the CDC, about 11,500 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in the US, and about 4,000 women die of this cancer annually. But unlike many other cancers, cervical cancer is easily screened for, and largely preventable. 

Thyroid Awareness

The thyroid is a hormone-producing gland that regulates the body’s metabolism—the rate at which the body produces energy from nutrients and oxygen—and affects critical body functions, such as energy level and heart rate. According to the American Thyroid Association, More than 12% of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease right now, and over half of them are unaware of their condition.  

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