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GI Disorders: Colon cancer
CRC is the third (3rd) most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second (2nd) leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. With this high incidence, it is critical for all patients who are at average risk to be offered both early cancer prevention and screening for detection of early onset cancer. The risk of cancer increases with the extent and duration of the disease, and how much of the colon has been damaged.

[Reference:GI Disorders, Module D: The Case Manager’s Role, page 14] www.athenaforum.com

Women’s Health: CVD
Worldwide, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women. Morbidity is higher for women > 45 years of age than in men. Gender differences have yet to clarify the optimal diagnostic strategies, management of acute/chronic cardiac conditions, and efficacy of surgical interventions. With heart disease now established as a bona fide inflammatory condition, a paradigm shift is moving care and treatment in new directions.

[Reference: Women’s Health, Module B: Complications, page 10]
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Awareness and Action
While ‘heart disease’ may take center stage in the arena of health promotion and prevention-based focuses, heart failure often takes a back seat for any number of reasons. The Heart Failure Society of America would like to raise this awareness as well as provide information that we all can act on today. The National Heart Failure Awareness week is coming up next week. Materials, including turnkey kits, cards, and brochures are downloadable and will help spread the word about what heart failure is and how can we decrease its presence or progress in our communities. Check out the slide show today.

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
In the Headlines . . .
ell-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation is a program administered through the CDC’s Division for the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP). This program provides for low-income, under insured, or uninsured women, aged 40-64 years with chronic disease risk factors, screenings, lifestyle interventions and referral services. There are currently 21 programs funded by the CDC operating on the local level in most states and tribal organizations. Contact information can be found at these websites along with other resource information.

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“A Guide to Changing Habits”
This is a new handout originally developed by the American Diabetes Association in both English and Spanish. Download it for free and be sure your patients have this valuable information. NDEP has added this resource to their Control Your Diabetes, For Life series/campaign. Additional valuable brochures are also available on this website as well as other educational resources.

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