substance abuseAlthough substance abuse is not always easy to talk about, it’s an epidemic that affects all communities.

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, meant to highlight the valuable role of prevention efforts to combat substance abuse and its impact on individuals and the community as a whole.

Southeastern Med recognizes the need for recovery services and now offers medical withdrawal management services through BreakThru. This program addresses the medical needs of individuals taking the first steps toward recovery.

breast cancer awarenessPink is powerful – and you’ll see plenty of it in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women. Each year, nearly a quarter of a million women develop breast cancer and more than 40,000 die from the disease. Although it’s typically found in women older than 50, about 10% of new cases are in women younger than 45.

Screening for breast cancer is recommended at age 50 for women with average risk, while those with a family history or BRCA gene mutations should speak with their physician about the appropriate time to begin getting mammograms. Early detection of breast cancer can make it easier to treat the disease. As such, the American Cancer Society’s latest suggestion is that women as young as 40 should have the choice to start annual screenings if they wish to do so.

flu seasonThe arrival of fall means football, apple orchards, leaf raking, pumpkin-flavored everything and sniffles. Lots and lots of sniffles.

Flu season can run from October through May, with peak season hitting between December and March. Up to 20 percent of the U.S. population comes down with the flu each year, although most people aren’t sure if they have the flu or the common cold.

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Recovery from mental and substance use disorders remains a pressing public health crisis – one that isn’t always discussed as openly and honestly as possible.

September has been deemed National Recovery Month by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The month is designed to raise awareness about the issues surrounding the issue and celebrate the successes of those who are in recovery. It also acknowledges that those with mental and/or substance use disorders can live healthy, rewarding lives by getting treatment and mental health services.

medical explorers

High school students interested in careers in the medical field are invited to register for Southeastern Med’s Medical Explorers program.

Medical Explorers offers students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to learn about a variety of careers in medicine directly from healthcare professionals and participate in hands-on activities designed to help them get acquainted with a specific part of the medical field.

The cost to participate is $36 per student, which includes three monthly learning sessions.

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September’s designation as Healthy Aging Month is a perfect reminder that it’s always a good time to work on your health – no matter how many candles may be on your birthday cake.
Healthy Aging Month – now in its second decade of existence – is an opportunity to focus on the positive aspects of growing older and celebrating life after the age of 45. Here are some ideas for celebrating the aging process in healthy ways.