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Health and Myths for the Month of June 2016

Week of June 6, 2016: Cancer
  • Myth: Surgery causes cancer to spread.
  • Fact: Surgery can't cause cancer to spread. Don't delay or refuse treatment because of this myth. Surgically removing cancer is often the first and most important treatment. Some people may believe this myth because they feel worse during recovery than they did before surgery. Also if your surgeon discovers during surgery that your cancer is more advanced than first thought, you may believe the surgery caused more extensive cancer. But there is no evidence to support this.
  • Source: Mayo Clinic
Week of June 22, 2016: Men's Health
  • Myth: Men should consume five servings of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • Fact: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that men aim for nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Seven servings is recommended for women. The recommended servings are greater for men because more than two-thirds of men are overweight or obese, and men have a higher death rate than women for heart disease and certain cancers. The risk for those diseases can be reduced by consuming a diet high in fruits and vegetables. According to the National Cancer Institute, only 23 percent of adults eat at least five daily servings of fruit and vegetables. Only 4 percent of men consume nine servings. African-American men consumed fewer servings per day than Caucasian men, and also were at greater risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other diet-related diseases. For examples of serving sizes, and suggestions for adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet, please visit fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov.
  • Source: Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
Week of June 30, 2016: Men's Health 
  • Myth: HIV is the same as AIDS.
  • Fact: HIV is a virus that can damage the body’s immune system, making it more difficult for a person to fight off infections. AIDS is an advanced condition of HIV. A person can have HIV and never be diagnosed with AIDS. HIV is manageable and treatable. 
    We now know that people can have episodes – get a certain infection or have their immune cells drop below a certain level – that is considered AIDS, but then they get better. Their immune system recovers because of their treatment and technically, they do not have an AIDS clinical diagnosis any longer. 
    It is all about getting tested, getting and staying on treatment and consistently taking the medications to live a long, healthy and productive life.
  • Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services