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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Back-to-School Reminders

Has your child received a back-to-school physical and required vaccinations? It's recommended that children receive an annual flu shot or nasal spray vaccine. Students junior-high age and older should receive a meningitis vaccination and physicians recommend children entering kindergarten receive the hepatitis A vaccine as well as a chicken pox booster.

Peter Smith, MD, a PennCare® for Kids pediatrician, reminds parents that simple acts like hand-washing, covering the mouth during a cough or sneeze and abstaining from sharing drinks and utensils are still the best way to prevent the spread of disease.

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Treating Smoking as an Illness

The healthcare professionals of the Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program believe that smokers deserve treatment that is supportive and without guilt or pressure. The Penn model considers smoking to be a chronic illness and patients are seen regularly to help avoid relapse. Each patient receives a personalized plan with a focus on maintaining a normal life during the quit-smoking process.

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What is Your Risk for Ovarian Cancer?

Each year, approximately 20,000 American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 15,000 women die of the disease. You may be familiar with some of the risk factors for breast and ovarian cancer, such as family history, age and reproductive history. You also may have heard about the discovery of certain genes that contribute to cancer.

There are many ways to learn more about your risk for ovarian cancer. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Penn Medicine has a nationally recognized Cancer Risk Evaluation Program that can help answer your questions about your risk.

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