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Health Myths and Facts for the Month of May 2016

Week of May 2, 2016  Fitness
  • Myth: "The more you sweat, the more you burn”.
  • Fact:   Drenched after your regular run or exercise routine? That doesn’t mean you necessarily torched any more calories than usual (sorry!).

    Sweat is a biological response that cools your skin and regulates internal body temperature. It’s just as apt to be the result of an overheated area, the weather or your personal physiology as it is a grueling exercise session.
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Week of May 9, 2016 Women's Health
  • Myth: If your mammogram is normal, everything’s “OK.”
  • Fact: Mammograms miss 10 to 15 percent of breast cancers. If your mammogram and breast exam are normal but you have pain, nipple discharge or a change in breast size or skin texture, get it checked out. Tests are not 100 percent perfect. Even in the face of a normal mammogram, there are other tests to be done and other diseases to consider.
  • Source: Cleveland Clinic
Week of May 16, 2016 HIV/AIDS
  • Myth: Women in DC don’t have to worry about HIV.
  • Fact:  African-American women are the second highest population group newly diagnosed with HIV in DC. One out of five new HIV diagnoses are among African-American women. Overall, 27% of persons living with HIV in DC are women.
  • Source: HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration, DC DOH, 2014 Epidemiology Report
Week of May 31, 2016 Smoking
  • Myth: Smoking is a choice.
  • Fact: The first time? Yes. After just a few cigarettes? No. Addiction to nicotine can happen quickly. It changes the chemical balance in your brain. Smoking may seem like it’s just a choice or a habit. In fact, most people who use tobacco are addicted. Breaking nicotine addiction is harder for some people than others. Quitting can take several tries. But don’t give up. If you need help to quit, ask your doctor about nicotine replacement, medicines, or coaching.
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention