Health Education

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a type of cancer that starts in one or both breasts. While breast cancer occurs most commonly in women, men can get breast cancer too. To learn more about breast cancer (malignant tumors), other abnormal growths (benign, non-cancerous tumors), signs, symptoms, and screening recommendations, view the comprehensive educational resources available from the American Cancer Society.

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HPV & Gynecological Cancer

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is linked to cervical cancer as well as other types of cancers. Thankfully, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of getting HPV.

Cervical cancer can often be found early, and sometimes even prevented, by having regular screening tests. If detected early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable cancers. Learn more about the causes and risk factors associated with cervical cancer and the efforts you can take to prevent it.

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Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer the starts in the colon or rectum. Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. A number of factors, including some that are lifestyle-related, are related to colorectal cancer risk, but screening can help identify these cancers early. Learn more about colorectal cancer from the American Cancer Society.

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Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (after skin cancer), Thankfully, it can often be treated successfully. Since signs and symptoms are not always noticeable with prostate cancer, screening becomes critical in diagnosing it early. Find out more about screening and treatment for prostate cancer here.

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Lung Cancer

There are two main types of lung cancer, about 80%-85% of lung cancers are non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The main subtypes of NSCLC are adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and large cell carcinoma. About 10%-15% of all lung cancers are small cell lung cancer (SCLC). This type of lung cancer tends to grow and spread faster than NSCLC. Early detection of any type of lung cancer improves your chance of a better prognosis.

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Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer by far. Some skin cancers are preventable through the consistent use of effective sunscreen and the type of clothing worn for protection from the sun’s damaging rays. You can learn more about the various types of skin cancers, how to take preventive measure to protect yourself, and what to look regarding changes in your body here.

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Other Cancers

Cancer continues to be the second most common cause of death in the US, after heart disease. In addition to the most common cancers, there are a variety of other cancers diagnosed, with their own unique presentations, risk factors, and treatment plans. Thankfully, from basic information about cancer and its causes to in-depth information on specific cancer types – including risk factors, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment options – you’ll find the information you need about all types of cancers in the American Cancer’s Society’s Cancer A-Z Guide.

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COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild to moderate, like the common cold. But it can be more severe in older adults and people with chronic health conditions.

The virus is most likely to be spread from person to person by droplets when coughing and from contact with surfaces where those droplets have landed. Since this virus is new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads.

You can keep up-to-date with the latest information about COVID-19 on the NJ Health website.

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About 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes, a chronic, long-lasting health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy.

Whether you’ve been newly diagnosed, have been fighting against type 1 or type 2 diabetes for a while, or are helping a loved one, the resources available from the American Diabetes Association have you covered. They can help you gain a deeper understanding of how you can live a healthier life—with all the tools, health tips, and food ideas you need.

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Heart Disease & Stroke

Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) claims more lives each year in the United States than all forms of cancer and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (CLRD) combined. Between 2015 and 2018, 126.9 million US adults had some form of CVD.

Additionally, in 2019, stroke accounted for approximately 1 of every 19 deaths in the United States. On average in 2019, someone died of stroke every 3 minutes 30 seconds in the United States.

Learning the symptoms of heart disease and stroke can be the difference between life and death. Review the warning signs from the American Heart Association and call 911 immediately if any are present.

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