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January 2021

Health and wellness observances and featured health topics

Birth defects

About one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Not all birth defects can be prevented. But a woman can take steps to increase her own chance of having a baby with the best health possible. Learn how you can get ready for pregnancy, stay healthy, and help give your baby a healthy start in life from the CDC's Birth Defects Resource Center at the link below.

CDC Birth Defects Resource Center


Cervical cancer awareness

Each year in the U.S., nearly 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 die as a result. Click the link below to learn four things to know about cervical cancer, pap tests, and the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Four things to know about cervical cancer


Thyroid awareness

An estimated 15 million Americans have undiagnosed thyroid problems. The thyroid has a huge influence on our health. It produces a hormone that is carried in the bloodstream to all parts of the body. Thyroid hormones play a major role in regulating metabolism and help regulate body temperature, heart rate, and even brain function. A thyroid exam can help with early detection or find enlargements in the neck that may be a result of a thyroid condition.

Learn more about the thyroid


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