October Health Observance: Breast Cancer Awareness

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. If you are a woman... Read More

Spot Skin Cancer Early

  Well, check you out! No, seriously. Take a look at your skin. Check it. All of it. See anything unusual? Any new spots? Any moles that look different than you remember? Knowing how your skin normally looks is the first step to spotting a potential problem. And that’s a good thing. Skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early, according to... Read More

April Health Observance: Alcohol Awareness Month

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, Potomac encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much. Every day, 29 people die due to alcohol-impaired motor vehicle accidents (NHTSA). If you are drinking too much, you... Read More

March Health Observance: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no... Read More

February Health Observance: American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk: Watch your weight. Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke. Control your cholesterol and blood... Read More

January Health Observance: National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month. What is radon? Radon is a naturally-occurring, radioactive, gaseous element. What are the health risks of radon exposure? Prolonged exposure to unsafe levels of radon can lead to lung cancer. Is radon in my home? Radon can be found all over the United States and is present due to uranium's natural radioactive decay. How can... Read More