December – Flu Season is Here!

Influenza, the most common respiratory virus, occurs in the fall and winter months spanning from mid-October to March in the United States. An estimated 40 million flu illnesses occurred during the 2018-2019 flu season in the U.S. which lasted nearly 21 weeks, the longest flu season in a decade.

 

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November is Men’s Health Awareness Month

PathGroup recognizes November as Men’s Health Awareness Month, a month for male patients and their healthcare providers to communicate about common health conditions facing men in the United States.

 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Along with our large community of Women’s Health providers, PathGroup recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and celebrates the efforts of these healthcare providers in diagnosing and treating women affected by breast cancer.

 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetime making breast cancer the most common cancer among American women. About 270,000 new cases of breast cancer in women will be diagnosed in the United States in 2019 and nearly 42,000 women will die from the disease.

 

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September is Prostate Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

In September, PathGroup recognizes Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Both of these cancers affect a significant population in the United States.

Prostate cancer affects 1 in 9 men in the United States and 1 in 41 men will die from the disease making prostate cancer the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.

Ovarian cancer affects 1 in 78 women in the United States and nearly 80% of them will be diagnosed in advanced stages. For this reason, ovarian cancer leads to more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.

PathGroup offers laboratory testing to help healthcare providers diagnose these types of cancers in their patients. To learn more about those testing options, visit the PathGroup Directory of Services.

Fall Allergy Season is Here!

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year making allergies the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. Allergies are a common, yet overlooked, disease and the most common health issue that affects children in the U.S. An estimated 4.2 million children in the U.S. have a food allergy to things like peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

 

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July 28 is World Hepatitis Day

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. In 2016, every country in the world signed up to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030 and World Hepatitis Day is an annual reminder to continue that fight. Viral hepatitis (most notably hepatitis A, B, and C) kills an estimated 1.4 million people every year around the world, but these deaths are preventable with early detection.

In the United States, viral hepatitis affects millions of people, with hepatitis C affecting the largest population – about 40,000 new cases of acute hepatitis C every year. An estimated 2.4 million people in the United States are living with chronic hepatitis C, which occurs if acute hepatitis C infection is left untreated.

PathGroup offers many testing options to help healthcare providers diagnose viral hepatitis in their patients. Visit http://www.pathgroup.com/clinical/testing-menu/ for a full list of testing options.

June – Tick Season Is Here!

Reported cases of vector-borne diseases – diseases contracted from mosquito or tick bites – have tripled since the early 2000s.

Depending on the patient’s geographic location or recent travel destinations, they could be at risk of contracting diseases from ticks and mosquitos.

 

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May 25th is World Thyroid Day

May 25 is World Thyroid Day. Thyroid disorders affect an estimated 20 million people in the United States – that’s more than 12% of the U.S. population. Thyroid disorders like hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Graves disease, and even thyroid cancer are caused by abnormal activity in the thyroid that can be detected using laboratory testing. PathGroup offers tests that assist healthcare providers in diagnosing thyroid disorders in their patients. To learn more about these testing options, visit the online Directory of Services.