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Safely enjoy fun in the sun
Spending time outdoors is a great way to be physically active, reduce stress, and get much-needed vitamin D. But skin cancer, the most common cancer in the U.S., can be caused by too much sun. Follow these tips to keep yourself safe.
Learning the facts before making vaccination decisions is important, especially when information comes from many sources. Which information is accurate? What is the right call? Explore how vaccinations can protect your child.
Low back pain affects people of all ages, including children. The causes range from heavy backpacks to unexpected exercise or a medical condition. Learn the risk factors and how to prevent this common ailment.
STD awareness and testing is important for long-term health
It’s important to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) because the consequences are so severe. Infections caused by STDs can have no symptoms and lead to chronic pain, an inability to get pregnant, and more. What’s worse: the only way to know if you’ve got an STD is to get tested because some have no symptoms. If you’re 13 to 65 and sexually active, read more to be aware, get tested, and stay healthy.
HPV and cervical cancer: Know the risks and how to protect yourself
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is so common that four out of five women will contract it by age 50. For most women, it goes away on its own. But for many, it can cause cervical cancer. Learn what the risks are and how to prevent it.
You do a lot on your own to manage your diabetes. And that's a challenge! We want to remind you that as a diabetic, you have a large support team. We’re here to help you learn who they are, what they do, and how they can help you.
Flu shots and COVID-19 FAQ’s: What you need to know
Getting the flu shot this year is essential in preventing a 'twindemic' through the fall and winter. Here are answers to your questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the flu, your flu shot coverage, and finding an in-network provider.
Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in the United States, for adults and children. Read about the risk factors and symptoms, how to prevent developing type 2 diabetes, and resources available to help manage it.
There isn’t a cure for diabetes, but it can be controlled. Healthy lifestyle habits, taking medicine as needed, getting diabetes self-management education, and keeping appointments with your healthcare team can greatly reduce its impact on your life.
Breast cancer awareness comes every October, but for women, it should be year-round. Know your options for screening, when you should get screened, and how to go about getting them. Your breast health is important every day of the year.
Unfortunately, cancer doesn’t start when you get symptoms. Cancerous cells can be found in your body before the cancer becomes a problem. That’s why it’s best to get cancer screenings when they are recommended. If you find cancerous cells early enough, outcomes are better! Here are some key screenings you should consider.
Choosing a Medicare plan can be overwhelming, but having the right information can make things much easier. With a short period of time to enroll, knowing the facts about Medicare before you make decisions about your healthcare can make all the difference in your enrollment experience.
Colorectal cancer (colon cancer) may be the second leading cancer killer in the United States. But it’s also one of the most treatable—when caught early. You can do a lot to prevent this disease. Getting screened on a regular basis is key.