Health Observances and Recognitions
The following information is provided by the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development of the American Hospital Association.
1-30: Blood Cancer Awareness Month - Provides opportunities to educate the public about the need to find cures and create access to treatments for all types of blood cancers. For more information, contact: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; 800/955-4572 or www.lls.org.
1-30: Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month - The Foundation for Women's Cancer promotes awareness about the risks, prevention, early detection, and optimal treatment of gynecologic cancers, including cervical cancer, endometrial or uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer. For more information, contact: Foundation for Women's Cancer; 312/578-1439 or www.foundationforwomenscancer.org.
1-30: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - The Prostate Conditions Education Council organizes hundreds of free or low-cost screening events worldwide. Many of its screening sites offer not only prostate-specific antigen screenings and digital rectal exams, but also screenings for other men's health issues. For more information, contact: Prostate Conditions Education Council; 303/316-4685 or www.prostateconditions.org.
1-30: Reye's Syndrome Awareness Month - Reye's syndrome strikes swiftly and can attack any child, teen or adult without warning. For more information, contact: National Reye's Syndrome Foundation; 800/233-7393 or www.reyessyndrome.org.
1-30: Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month - This event focuses on importance of early detection, treatment, lifelong monitoring, and the resources available for people with thyroid cancer and their families. For more information, contact: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association; 877/588-7904 or www.thyca.org.
5-11: National Youth Suicide Prevention Week - According to the most recent data available, suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds. For more information, contact: National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide; 202/237-2280 or www.preventyouthsuicide.org.