March Health Awareness

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Colorectal Cancer Screening can save lives. It is important to detect Colorectal Cancer early when treatment works best. Most Colorectal Cancer develops from abnormal polyps or growths in the Colon or Rectum. These growths can be removed thus decreasing your chances of developing cancer. Colorectal Cancer Screening begins at the age of 50. It can begin sooner if you have problems, a relative with Colorectal Cancer or polyps, inflammatory bowel disease or a genetic predisposition to developing Colorectal Cancer.

A Colorectal test that is recommended every 5 years starting at the age of 50 is the Colonoscopy. Talk with your Health Care Provider about your risks and benefits to receiving a Colonoscopy. Your Pharmacy Advantage has all the necessary medications your Doctor will order to prepare you for the exam. Your Pharmacist can also provide you with helpful tips to make the exam a little easier.


Source: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/

March is National Kidney Month.

Did you know…

  • Of the 26 million Americans over the age of 20 who have chronic kidney disease, 940,000 live in Michigan
  • Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney failure in the U.S.
  • African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans are at an increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Failure to manage CKD and its causes can put you at a higher risk for stroke, heart attack, and death

Did you know the good news is…

  • More than 70% of all kidney disease could be prevented or delayed by eating healthy, getting exercise, and taking the right medications
  • A simple test that checks for protein in the urine can detect early–stage kidney disease