National Cervical Health Awareness Month
Here are the facts about Cervical Cancer courtesy of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation. Cervical cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the world where Pap tests are not available, AND it is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent through screening and early vaccination. Cervical Cancer is a cancer of the female reproductive tract (for you science types it tends to occur where squamous and glandular cells meet). Symptoms of cervical cancer are abnormal bleeding between periods, with intercourse, and after menopause, unusual vaginal discharge, even leg and pelvic pain. Some women have no symptoms.
National Blood Donor Month
According to the AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks) every day in the US, approximately 39,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident victims. However in the winter months donations are low due to illness, holidays, travel, and inclement weather. BUT one blood donation can save up to three lives, and although sixty percent of people are eligible to give blood only 5 percent do.