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Weight Management and Adolescents
Weight Management Facts about obesity in adolescence According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 20% of children ages 6 to 11 in the U.S. are considered overweight and 18% of teens (ages 12 to 19) are overweight. Many more people are now overweight than 15 years ago. This increase is seen in both sexes and all ages. Overweight or obese adolescents are more likely to be overweight or obese adults. What is obesity? Obesity is a generalized accumulation of body fat. It is found by measuri...
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Pap Test for Adolescents
Pap Test for Adolescents In the past, a Pap test to screen for cervical cancer was recommended for adolescents after they had been sexually active for 3 years, or at age 21, whichever came first. But the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Cancer Society now recommend that all women have their first screening at age 21, regardless of when sexual activity begins. Sexually active adolescents are at high risk for infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). This is the vi...
Safer Sex Guidelines for Adolescents
Safer Sex Guidelines for Adolescents What is "safe" sex? The only safe sex is no sex, according to most health care providers. Abstinence may be the only true form of "safe" sex. All forms of sexual contact carry some risk. A person can reduce his or her risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease with certain precautions and safe behaviors. As a parent, you can teach your child about safer sex before he or she becomes sexually active. Talking to your adolescent about safe sex The American Academ...
Breast Self-Examination
Breast Self-Examination What is a breast self-examination (BSE)? BSE is when a woman physically and visually examines heself for any changes in her breasts and underarm areas. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has found evidence that suggests BSEs do not lower the risk for death from breast cancer. Therefore, if you choose to do BSE, it should not be used in place of, but in addition to, clinical breast examination (performed by a health care provider every three years for women in their 20s and 3...
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Oral Cancer
Oral Cancer What is oral cancer? Oral cancer is cancer found in the oral cavity (the mouth area) and the oropharynx (the throat area at the back of the mouth). Oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer will be diagnosed in 35,000 U.S. adults in 2012, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Anatomy of the Mouth (Click to Enlarge) The oral cavity includes: The lips, teeth, and gums The front two-thirds of the tongue The lining inside the lips and cheeks (buccal mucosa) The floor of the mouth (under the...
Cool Tools to Keep Your Kids From Smoking
Cool Tools to Keep Your Kids From Smoking Many teenagers think smoking is cool. This belief is supported in recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tobacco statistics. The CDC states that while the number of teens who smoke continues to drop each year, progress is slowing. This slowing decline in cigarette use among teens suggests that smoking and the health problems related to it will be issues as today's teens become adults. This trend proves there's reason to be diligent as parents. C...