|Greetings and thank you for taking the time to read this health newsletter for the month of October 2017. October is one of the months with a high number of health observances which include the following: Healthy Lung month, National Physical Therapy month, Domestic Violence Awareness month, Mental Illness Awareness Week, Bullying Prevention month, Latino AIDS Awareness Day, World Food day, National Latino AIDS Day among may others.
Of particular interest to myself, professionally and personally speaking are BREAST CANCER MONTH and WORLD POLIO DAY(October 24) because I recently lost my mother to breast cancer and because I am a member and President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Ajijic A.C. So, this month’s newsletter may include some information that may be more focused to those two topics.
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that if you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.
Being a “SMALL TOWN DOCTOR” in the Lakeside community many of my patients have come to know some aspects of my personal and family life. Some know that BREAST CANCER has become very important in my life in particular since Feb. 2015, since we diagnosed my mother with it and having lost her this past July. For those past two years I have been living with all that it does to the family and the patient whom it has stricken. I know now, more than ever the importance of cancer screening. I hope that my mother’s story can give some insight and persuade at least one person to go through the recommended cancer screening. She did lead a very healthy life. She never smoked, rarely drank alcohol, ate a very healthy diet and worked out at the gym at least 5 days per week. So, she thought that she was exempt from getting cancer and she didn’t get her screening as it had been recommended to her. She often ignored that she had a first degree relative, her sister who had breast cancer 13 years ago. I’ve seen a very similar scenario repeated in my patients. Baby Boomers feel invincible in many respects. They are more physically active and healthcare conscience than their prior generations and it is for that reason that some believe that they are not suitable candidates for cancer screenings. I wish I could agree with that mindset.
As a member or Rotary International, the eradication of Polio from the earth is of particular importance to me. It is quite evident that the campaigns to vaccinate the world’s population have beard fruit. Since 1988, we’ve seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%.Last year we only saw wild polio cases in three countries.
In this newsletter I like to share information that is of particular interest and affects the EXPAT populations of the Lake Chapala area as well as the Guadalajara metropolitan area. If you find that this newsletter and the information contained herein may benefit a friend or loved one then please feel free to forward it or share it with that special person.
Wishing you the best in health and in life,
Santiago Hernandez M.D.