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Good health is an asset and being healthy should be part of your overall lifestyle. Living a healthy lifestyle can help prevent chronic diseases and long-term illnesses. The practices of good health vary for each individual but include physical activity, healthy eating, social interaction and support from others.
Below, the National Black Nurses Foundation has provided a list of References & Resources to help each of us continue to pursue good health.
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Basic, molecular, epidemiologic, and clinical research are leading to improved cancer prevention, screening, and treatment. Decreasing cancer mortality death rates and increasing numbers of cancer survivors are important indicators of the progress we have made. As the leader of the National Cancer Program, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has played a major role in the progress that has been made by the cancer community. But work still needs to be done to reduce the burden of cancer for those who face a diagnosis.
All adults over the age of 18 should be screened and examined regularly by a primary care physician as part of their health regimen. However, men are less likely to abide by this guideline and make their health visits a priority. If you’re a man, being proactive about your health can extend your life expectancy and improve your quality of life.
Doctors that specialize in assessing men's health are on your team and want to help you:
- Primary Care Physician
A primary care physician is a physician who provides both the first contact for a person with an undiagnosed health concern as well as continuing care of varied medical conditions, not limited by cause, organ system, or diagnosis.
Find a Primary Care Physician (PCP) near you.
An internist is a doctor of internal medicine. Internists can treat a wide specturm of conditions and have a great depth of knowledge about adult heath issues.
Learn more about Internists • Find an Internist near you.
A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a health care professional who specializes in dentistry. Dentists are qualified to treat the diseases and conditions that affect the teeth and gums, especially the repair and extraction of teeth and the insertion of artificial ones.
Why is Oral Health Important? • Find a Dentist near you.
Optometrists are health care professionals who typically provide comprehensive primary eye care; this includes, but is not limited to, examining the eyes and related structures for defects or abnormalities.
Optometrist vs. Ophthalmologist: What’s the Difference? • Find an Optometrist near you.
Urologists diagnose and treat diseases of the urinary tract in both men and women. They also diagnose and treat anything involving the reproductive tract in men.
Faces of Healthcare: What Is a Urologist? • Find a Urologist near you.
A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in conditions involving the skin, hair, and nails. A dermatologist can identify and treat more than 3,000 conditions. These conditions include eczema, psoriasis, and skin cancer, among many others.
Dermatology Is More Than Skin Deep: What You Need To Know About Your Body's Largest Organ • Find a Dermatologist near you.
An oncologist is a medical practitioner that is qualified to diagnose and treat cancers. Oncologists also deal with cancer prevention.
The National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health • Find a Clinical Trial. • Find an Oncologist near you.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. When used correctly under a health care provider's direction, prescription pain medicines are helpful. However, misusing prescription opioids risks dependence and addiction.
Women, who are key in maintaining healthy families, access the health system more than men, both for themselves and on behalf of their children. Many become pregnant and give birth, a significant health event, then typically become their child’s primary caregiver, a role that greatly influences household health overall. Across her lifespan, a woman’s health status matters to herself and her family.
Doctors that specialize in assessing women's health are on your team and want to help you:
A gynecologist is specially trained to screen and treat specific issues related to the menstrual cycle, breast disease, family planning, infertility, hormones, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), as well as risk factors for gynecologic cancers.
Find a Gynecologist (GYN) near you.
- Obstetrician Gynecologist (OB/GYN)
An obstetrician is a doctor who practices obstetrics. Obstetrics is the field of study concentrated on pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. As a medical specialty, obstetrics is combined with gynecology under the discipline known as obstetrics and gynecology, which is a surgical field.
Find an Obstetrician Gynecologist (OB/GYN) near you.
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