September is a busy month for National Health Observances: World Alzheimer’s Month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month! So it’s an appropriate time to reach out to your members and patients about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for these three diseases. Fortunately, the Healthwise Knowledgebase is full of information to educate your members and patients and to help them make informed decisions.
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Is the PSA test right for you?
You’ve probably seen it on the news or read about it in the paper or online—the so-called PSA (prostate-specific antigen) testing debate. Should you have a PSA test to check for prostate cancer, or not? There’s a lot of confusing information out there about the PSA test and what the results can tell you. So it’s important to understand the potential benefits and downsides of the test before making a decision with your doctor. If you’re wondering whether the PSA test is right for you, here’s an interactive tool to help you compare the pros and cons, determine what matters to you, and make a decision that lines up with your preferences. [Create a hyperlink to the Prostate Cancer Screening: Should I Have a PSA Test? Decision Point on your website. DOCHWID=aa38144]
Learning about prostate cancer
Prostate cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in a man’s prostate gland and is common in men older than 65. It’s typically a slow-growing cancer and may take years to cause any symptoms. The exact cause of prostate cancer is unknown, but it’s believed that age, family history, and what you eat, may play a role. From symptoms to diagnosis and treatment, there’s a lot to know about prostate cancer. And there’s a lot to decide, like whether or not to be screened for prostate cancer and what treatment is right for you after you’ve been diagnosed. This helpful resource has everything you need to know about prostate cancer. [Create a hyperlink to the Prostate Cancer Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=hw78220]
Understanding ovarian cancer
Ovarian cancer occurs when cells that are not normal grow in one or both of your ovaries. It most often affects women who are past menopause. Ovarian cancer may cause early symptoms such as bloating, pain in your belly or pelvis, trouble eating, or urinary problems. These symptoms may be common for some women. But the difference with early symptoms of ovarian cancer is that they follow a pattern—sudden, unfamiliar, and frequent. If you have one or more of these symptoms almost daily for more than 2 or 3 weeks, talk to your doctor. To help you understand ovarian cancer, we’ve got a resource full of information on prevention and risk, symptoms, and treatment options. [Create a hyperlink to the Ovarian Cancer Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=tw9687]
Deciding about long-term care for your loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease gets worse over time, but the course of the disease varies from person to person. Some people may be able to function fairly well until the late phase of the disease. Others may lose the ability to do everyday activities early on in the course of the disease. As the disease gets worse, the person needs more care. Basic activities such as dressing or bathing become harder or even impossible without help. Safety is also a concern. Your loved one may be more likely to have an accident or to wander from home. People with Alzheimer’s disease need a safe, structured environment. You may be able to provide this at home. Or long-term care in a center may be a better choice. Use this interactive guide to weigh these options and decide whether a long-term care center is right for your loved one. [Create a hyperlink to the Alzheimer’s or Other Dementia: Should I Move My Relative Into Long-Term Care? Decision Point on your website. DOCHWID=aa58684]
Caring for your loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of mental decline, or dementia, in older adults. The first sign of the disease is usually memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease also causes changes in thinking, behavior, and personality. Someone with Alzheimer’s disease may use poor judgement, have trouble recognizing close family and friends, and become more confused or restless in the late afternoon or evening. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But there are treatments that may slow down the symptoms and make it easier to live with the disease. If you are or will be taking care of a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease, this resource is full of information and ideas to help you as you care for your family member or close friend. [Create a hyperlink to the Alzheimer’s Disease Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=hw136623]
Teasers for Your Social Media Networks
- Is the PSA test right for you? Use this interactive tool to make an informed decision. [Insert a shortened URL to the Prostate Cancer Screening: Should I
- Have a PSA Test? Decision Point on your website. DOCHWID=aa38144]
- Get the facts about prostate cancer with this helpful resource. [Insert a shortened URL to the Prostate Cancer Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=hw78220]
- Here’s your go-to guide on ovarian cancer symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. [Insert a shortened URL to the Ovarian Cancer Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=tw9687]
- Is a long-term care center the best choice for your loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease? Here’s help for deciding. [Insert a shortened URL to the
- Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementia: Should I Move My Relative Into Long-Term Care? Decision Point on your website. DOCHWID=aa58684]
- Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease? Here’s a helpful resource for you. [Insert a shortened URL to the Alzheimer’s Disease Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=hw136623]