HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while making women aware of the disease the primary focus of the month, there is a lot to be learned about women’s health this month.
Wednesday at Holyoke Medical Center, doctors, nurses, and health professionals gathered to to pass along health and wellness tips to the community.
For those who are diagnosed with breast cancer, if they don’t take the right precautions it can lead to further health problems.
“A lot of women suffer with anxiety or depression from receiving the diagnosis and going through treatment. So getting support for your mental health and your wellness is incorporated into being healthy and trying to take care of what you need to when you are diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Angela Lozamo-Callahan MSW of River Valley Counseling Center.
While the primary focus of October is breast cancer awareness, they also want to make women aware of other health concerns that can have major implications.
“It’s very important that women get screened for diabetes, especially after age 40 or if they’ve had gestational diabetes. It can be extremely dangerous. It really effects your health, it outs you at higher risk for heart attack and stroke. You can prevent some of these things just by being healthy,” said April Medeiros, a diabetes educator at Holyoke Medical Center.
To bring awareness to women and men’s health, the CDC marks each month with a health observance.
October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.