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Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Research for an exact cause of breast cancer has been conducted for many years with no concrete answer found. However, researchers have been able to identify with several risk factors that increase your chances of developing breast cancer. Age: getting older increases risk Being Female Inherited Genetic Mutation: BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes Family History Breast…

Breast Cancer Warning Signs

Through the use of regular mammography, most women in the United States are diagnosed at early stages of breast cancer. However, not all breast cancer is found this way. Here are some warning signs to watch for:     Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast     Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of breast     Change in size…

Nutrition Tips

A healthy diet with a variety of foods including fruits, veggies and protein, helps to give your body the reserves it needs to keep your strength up during cancer treatment. A healthy diet can help to rebuild your body’s tissues, keep your immune system strong to fight off infection, and also help some of the…

Myths About Immunizations

Myth #1 :  Vaccine preventable diseases have been eliminated in the United States therefore eliminating the need for childhood vaccination. The FACTS: Because of international travel and immigration, many diseases once controlled in the United States are re-emerging. Because many diseases are not controlled in other parts of the world, travelers could unknowingly bring these…

Immunizations for Children Campaign

Adair County Education Campaign to Immunize Children The Adair County Health Department (ACHD) and the Northeast Missouri Health Council (NMHC) located in Kirksville, Missouri are launching an education campaign on July, 2012 with the purpose of raising awareness about the benefits of immunizing children.  Established in 1968 as a Federally Qualified Health Center, NMHC is…

Onsite Sewage

Homes in portions of Adair County that are without public sewer systems rely on onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) to treat wastewater and disperse the treated effluent on the property where it originates.  These systems should be designed and operated to prevent human contact with sewage and to prevent the contamination of surface water and…

What to expect at a Mammogram

The day of the test, it is important not to use any of the listed products below on the breast or underarm areas as these products can interfere with the screening: NO deodorant antiperspirants perfume powder creams lotion gels You will be asked to undress from the waist up. A gown will be provided as…

April is STD Awareness Month

Join the Adair County Health Department to raise public awareness about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) on the lives of Americans and the importance of testing for and treating STDs.  During the month of April 2014 please contact us for FREE STD testing at 660-665-8491.  For more information, please go to the “Get Yourself Tested” campaign…