Every month there is reason for us to be conscious of health concerns that could affect us and our loved ones. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Sickle Cell month.
According to the CDC, Ovarian Cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women, and is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers. Mortality rates are slightly higher for Caucasian women than for minority women.
Also, CDC reports that in the United States Sickle Cell Disease
- affects an estimated 70,000 to 100,000 Americans.
- The disease occurs in about 1 out of every 500 African Americans births.
- The disease occurs in about 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic Americans births.
- Sickle cell trait occurs in about 1 in 12 African Americans