The Teen Health Connection Youth Drug Free Coalition works in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community to prevent underage drinking and prescription and over-the counter medicine misuse for teenagers. Because of our focus on prescription and over-the-counter medicine, it was a natural fit for our coalition to participate in the CADCA Dose of Prevention Challenge.
There are many dimensions related to promoting positive health and wellness in our children. Parental involvement, support and consistent monitoring and supervision are critical to overall healthy physical, mental and emotional development. Conversations regarding promoting positive mental, physical and behavioral health need to start early with children and should be on-going dialogues.
Routine vaccinations have reduced or even eradicated many deadly diseases; in the 1950s, polio was a public health crisis claiming the lives of over 20,000 children a year. After the polio vaccination was created and added to a child’s routine vaccination schedule, it practically wiped out the spread of the disease.
As a parent of three teenagers, I know it’s hard to consider the possibility that your child could be abusing substances. But awareness is critical in helping to prevent abuse from occurring in the first place. We need to educate ourselves to help prevent substance abuse in our homes. And we need to educate others to help combat this problem in our communities.
Tobacco use kills approximately five million people annually around the globe. Here in the United States, tobacco use kills 480,000 Americans each year. The harmful effects of smoking on many systems of the human body are well known and have been widely published. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Smoking and tobacco use increase risk of at least 14 types of cancers, including: lung, oral, throat, bladder, liver, and kidney, among others. A smoking history is also a known risk factor for increased complications with surgery.
Nearly 50,000 people lose their lives to colorectal cancer each year. It is the fourth most common cancer in the United States overall (behind breast, lung, and prostate cancer), the second leading cause of cancer death among men, third leading cause of cancer death among women, and a leading cause of death among Hispanics.
Why should I be concerned about colorectal cancer?
In 2007, the International Agency for Research on Cancer affirmed that there was sufficient evidence to conclude that the human papilloma virus (HPV) is a cause of head and neck cancer (HNC). Of the estimated 12.7 million new cancers occurring in 2008 worldwide, 4.8 percent were attributable to HPV infection.
There are many different types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is associated with a risk for developing cervical, anogenital, oral and throat cancers in males and females.
What is HPV?
The CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute was a very productive and fun week. We didn’t know what to expect, but the training sessions ended up being super fun and hands-on. In our first training session, they had us get into groups by age and share a little about ourselves so we could get to know each other. We also did a lot of team-building and sharing that helped us open up to one another and prepare for the week ahead.