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October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month


In 2016, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be*:

  •  246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer
  •  40,450 breast cancer deaths



In 2016, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be:

  • 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer (This includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors.)
  • 61,000 new cases of in situ breast cancer (This includes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS). Of those, about 83 percent will be DCIS. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer and LCIS is a condition that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer. 
  • 40,450 breast cancer deaths


Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen. In 2016, it is estimated that among men in the U.S. there will be:

  • 2,600 new cases of (This includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors.)
  • 440 breast cancer deaths

Rates of breast cancer incidence (new cases) and mortality (death) are much lower among men than among women.

For example, in 2013 (most recent data available): 

  Men Women
Incidence (new cases) 1.3 per 100,000 125.4 per 100,000
Mortality (deaths) 0.3 per 100,000 20.7 per 100,000

Survival rates for men are about the same as for women with the same stage of cancer at the time of diagnosis.

However, men are often diagnosed at a later stage. Men may be less likely than women to report symptoms, which may lead to delays in diagnosis. Learn more about the warning signs of breast cancer in men.

Treatment for men is the same as treatment for women and usually includes some combination of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and/or targeted therapy. Learn more about treatment for breast cancer in men.

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October: Healthy Lung Month

How Lungs Work

The Respiratory System

Your lungs are part of the respiratory system, a group of organs and tissues that work together to help you breathe. The respiratory system's main job is to move fresh air into your body while removing waste gases.

Why are lungs important?

Every cell in your body needs oxygen in order to live. The air we breathe contains oxygen and other gases. Once in the lungs, oxygen is moved into the bloodstream and carried through your body. At each cell in your body, oxygen is exchanged for a waste gas called carbon dioxide. Your bloodstream then carries this waste gas back to the lungs where it is removed from the blood stream and then exhaled. Your lungs and respiratory system automatically perform this vital process, called gas exchange.

In addition to gas exchange, your respiratory system performs other roles important to breathing. These include:

  • Bringing air to the proper body temperature and moisturizing it to the right humidity level.
  • Protecting your body from harmful substances. This is done by coughing, sneezing, filtering or swallowing them.
  • Supporting your sense of smell.

The Parts of the Respiratory System and How They Work


  • SINUSES are hollow spaces in the bones of your head above and below your eyes that are connected to your nose by small openings. Sinuses help regulate the temperature and humidity of inhaled air.
  • The NOSE is the preferred entrance for outside air into the respiratory system. The hairs lining the nose's wall are part of the air-cleaning system.
  • Air also enters through the MOUTH, especially for those who have a mouth-breathing habit, whose nasal passages may be temporarily blocked by a cold, or during heavy exercise.
  • The THROAT collects incoming air from your nose and mouth then passes it downward to the windpipe (trachea).
  • The WINDPIPE (trachea) is the passage leading from your throat to your lungs.
  • The windpipe divides into the two main BRONCHIAL TUBES, one for each lung, which divides again into each lobe of your lungs. These, in turn, split further into bronchioles.

Lungs and Blood Vessels

  • Your right lung is divided into three LOBES, or sections. Each lobe is like a balloon filled with sponge-like tissue. Air moves in and out through one opening—a branch of the bronchial tube.
  • Your left lung is divided into two LOBES.
  • The PLEURA are the two membranes, actually one continuous one folded on itself, that surround each lobe of the lungs and separate your lungs from your chest wall.
  • Your bronchial tubes are lined with CILIA (like very small hairs) that move like waves. This motion carriesMUCUS (sticky phlegm or liquid) upward and out into your throat, where it is either coughed up or swallowed. Mucus catches and holds much of the dust, germs, and other unwanted matter that has invaded your lungs. You get rid of this matter when you cough, sneeze, clear your throat or swallow.
  • The smallest branches of the bronchial tubes are called BRONCHIOLES, at the end of which are the air sacs or alveoli.
  • ALVEOLI are the very small air sacs that are the destination of breathed-in air.
  • CAPILLARIES are blood vessels in the walls of the alveoli. Blood passes through the capillaries, entering through your PULMONARY ARTERY and leaving via your PULMONARY VEIN. While in the capillaries, blood gives off carbon dioxide through the capillary wall into the alveoli and takes up oxygen from air in the alveoli.

Muscles and Bones

  • Your DIAPHRAGM is the strong wall of muscle that separates your chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. By moving downward, it creates suction in the chest, drawing in air and expanding the lungs.
  • RIBS are bones that support and protect your chest cavity. They move slightly to help your lungs expand and contract.

Keeping Lungs Healthy

Lung capacity declines as you age. Keep your lungs healthy by taking good care of yourself every day. Eat a balanced diet, exercise and reduce stress to breathe easier.

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National Health Education Week

October 17-21

National Health Education Week
Partnerships to Build Community Health
October 17 – 21, 2016

Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), National Health Education Week (NHEW) is celebrated during the third full week of October. This celebration brings national attention to public health issues and promotes consumers' understanding of the role of health education and health promotion in society.  

Celebrate this week with us as we focus on partnerships to build community health. 
This 2016 toolkit can be used to promote NHEW, including the following daily themes:

Activity Schedule

Monday: Community Health, Health Inequities, and Faith-based Partnerships

We begin National Health Education Week by celebrating community health, health inequities, and faith-based partnerships. Health educators can’t promote health, eliminate disparities and build healthy environments alone. Public health partnerships allow us to expand our resources and increase capacity to implement sustainable changes in communities across the nation. Let’s break down silos, establish new partnerships to connect people in support of common goals and collaborate.


  • Create an appreciation Facebook or blog post: take a second to appreciate the partnerships that you have built over the years and explain what makes that partnership so great.
  • As an extra: add a photo to Instagram to be a part of our photo contest and share your partnership through pictures. Use the hashtag #NHEW2016 and tag SOPHE’s Instagram as you share photos that display your success as a partnership. *Must use Instagram and the above hashtag in order to be qualified.


Tuesday: Worksite Health Partnerships

Today, let’s celebrate health education partnerships in the worksite setting. This day is about sharing and promoting current health education efforts and spreading awareness about the profession.


  • As health care costs increase, both employers and employees think worksite health promotion programs can affect heath behaviors and costs. Check out this module to learn more: Incentives in Worksite Health Promotion Module and Scenario 1.
  • Managers want to know the cost analysis of worksite health promotion programs. This introductory primary module shows you how to calculate the costs.
  • We want you to share your advice: how have you implemented a successful work site health promotion program. what can an upcoming Health Educator do in order to land the position that you currently have? Use the social media of your choice to spread some tips and tag #NHEW2016!


Wednesday: School Health Partnerships

Today we celebrate our School Health Partnerships, the ones that have helped us thrive, and the ones that will be helping our future generations thrive.


  • Join our webinar to hear how partnerships between school-based health centers and schools advance student and school employee health. Speakers: Jordanna Snyder, MPH/CHES, program manager for school-based Health Alliance and Hallways to Health, Bill Klatz, vice principal of Merlo Station High School, Aurora Chavez, health educator at San Fernando High School Teen Wellness Center, Sara Trivette, CHES, physician assistant at Turner Elementary School, and Rachael Bowen, health educator at Milwaukie High School Wellness Center.
  • Take a second to post on social media the top 3 elements all successful partnerships should have and tag #NHEW2016.


Thursday: Government Organizational Partnerships

Health educators will need to continue to promote health educators and organizations as critical components to address the health crisis in our society and educate decision-makers on national and state legislative issues related to the health of society.


  • Highlight some activities that your organization has contributed to the public health world.
  • Highlight some accomplishments other organizations have made for public health. SOPHE will post success stories from their cooperative agreement with the CDC under the EACH project.

Send your highlights to We’ll post highlights to Facebook and SOPHE’s website.


Friday: Academic Partnerships

After celebrating our health education partnerships and energizing tomorrow’s leaders, we honor the future of our profession, demonstrate that health education will be more relevant in coming years. Today is about highlighting and supporting the key players of the next generation.


  • Share the innovative ways academic partnerships are improving health education for all. Use #NHEW2016 hashtag.
  • Students: we want you to create a Facebook post explaining why you chose public health as your career path, tag SOPHE, and use the hashtags #NHEW2016 #WhyIChosePublicHealth

As we celebrate this year's NHEW, we honor the work of health education specialists and recognize their contributions to promoting and improving population health and providing health education.

Follow #NHEW2016

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Red Ribbon Week

October 24-28



The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. "I'm only one person", he told her, "but I want to make a difference."

On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found. He had been tortured to death.

In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena's memory, the red ribbon.

In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The National Family Partnership (NFP) and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign™.


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