During October, there’s normally only one thing on our minds: Halloween! Halloween is, of course, a time to let loose, have some fun, and indulge in a few naughty treats, but this time of year is also about much more; it’s about taking care of ourselves, and ensuring we’re doing what we can to stay healthy.
Although we should be aiming to stay healthy all year round, October is a very special month in terms of health, happiness, and wellbeing. October not only marks National Dental Hygiene Month in the United States, but also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Healthy Lung Month, along with other important days such as Depression Screening Day and World Psoriasis Day, too. There’s a lot going on this month!
Take Charge of Your Health
If you’ve got any concerns about your physical, oral, or mental health – or even if you haven’t – now is a great time to book a routine checkup or screening appointment to make sure your body is working just as it should. An aspect that many diseases and health conditions have in common is that it’s usually best if the condition is caught early, which can often mean there’s a better chance of successfully treating it.
The first stage of gum disease, called ‘gingivitis’, is reversible with proper care and treatment for example, but there is no cure for periodontal disease, which is a later stage of gum disease. Similarly, the 5 year survival rate for breast cancer identified in Stage 1 is close to 100%, which sadly reduces to 22% for breast cancer diagnosed in Stage 4, according to the American Cancer Society. Being proactive and taking charge is one of the very best ways to reduce risk and help yourself to stay happy and healthy.
Many of us lead busy lives, and it becomes very simple to push any health concerns to the back of the mind. These awareness events in the United States are intended to serve as useful reminders that your health – and the health of your family – should always come first, especially at this time of year.
Reports show that around 2000 Americans die each and every year from weather-related causes, with more than half occurring throughout the winter. Coronary disease and respiratory diseases are more common in the winter, and a large number of people also suffer with seasonal affective disorder which can significantly affect mental health. In terms of oral health, holidays such as candy corn-filled Halloween, pumpkin pie-filled Thanksgiving, and peppermint bark-filled Christmas can all contribute towards tooth decay. October is a great time for a reminder to take care of yourself this winter.
So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with your doctor, dentist, or therapist to discuss your health and wellbeing and determine if a checkup or screening program could be beneficial for you. October is a time to take charge, to put your health first, and to demonstrate your strength. You can do it!