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What You Need to Know about Tick and Mosquito-Borne Illness

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that cases of tick, mosquito and fleas had increased dramatically in the past 14 years, it spread faster than the flu on social media.


“Farewell, carefree days of summer,” the New York Times wrote. 


Well, not quite.


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Topics: Children's Health, Primary Care, Women's Health, Men's Health

The Great American Vapeout

Posted by South Shore Health System on Nov 16, 2017 9:59:28 AM

Since 1976, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has declared the third Thursday of November as the Great American Smokeout. Setting aside this day for cigarette smokers to quit or develop a plan to quit tobacco has proven to be a cruicial step towards thousands of healthier lives.

The work done by the American Cancer Society to push a clear, powerful message about the negative effects of cigarette use has led to millions of Americans opting out of smoking. Unfortunately, as cigarette use has steadily declined, it has now given rise to a dangerous trend that millions are now opting in to—vaping.

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Topics: Children's Health, Women's Health, Men's Health

Three Reasons Why Men Should See a Doctor

Guys, we know how you’ve been told to handle your health concerns since you were a kid on the ball field. Hurt? Rub some dirt on it. Not bleeding or losing a limb? Then there’s no need to go to the doctor—unless your wife or girlfriend makes the appointment for you. 

We need to change these antiquated attitudes towards men’s health. It’s 2017. Your health is important to you and everybody that you love, and a primary care visit can help you maintain your well-being. What better way to celebrate Men’s Health Month in June than by scheduling an appointment with a doctor? 

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Topics: Men's Health

Nine Signs of Prostate Cancer to Discuss with Your Doctor

Posted by South Shore Health System on Mar 24, 2017 1:32:40 PM

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, making it the second-most common cancer affecting American men (skin cancer is the first). Fortunately, however, treatment for prostate cancer is highly effective. More than 2.9 million men in the US who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive today.

It is important to understand that prostate cancer doesn’t always present with any noticeable symptoms—especially in the early stages. As the disease advances, a tumor develops, causing the prostate gland to swell. This is when you will more than likely begin to notice symptoms.

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Topics: Cancer, Men's Health

Shining a Light on Prostate Health

Posted by South Shore Health System on Sep 30, 2016 3:40:10 PM

Prostate Health Awareness Month is is a great opportunity for caregivers to help increase public understanding of the importance of prostate health through education. When we understand the risk factors and symptoms of prostate-related diseases, as well as the approaches to screening and prevention, we are all better equipped to share that information with friends and loved ones.

Though close to 90 percent of men in the United States develop some type of prostate problem in the before the age of 60,  most don’t recognize or even understand the cause until they have actual symptoms.

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Topics: Cancer, Men's Health

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Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 


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