February is Black History Month, a special time to celebrate impactful figures who’ve shaped history.
At Henry J Austin Health Center (HJAHC), we care about keeping our community healthy. This Black History Month, we want you to be inspired by leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. Think about your mental health. If you or someone you know is having a tough time, our Behavioral Health team is here to help.
We also want to talk about health differences that affect the Black community.
According to health experts, African Americans have higher chances of heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes, prostate cancer, and issues with maternal health. It is important to highlight specific health screenings that are recommended.
African Americans are affected by heart disease. To address this risk, it is recommended to undergo regular screenings for heart health. The American Heart Association suggests routine checks for blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and glucose levels to monitor heart health effectively.
Breast cancer and prostate cancer are health concerns within the African American community. The American Cancer Society recommends mammograms for early detection of breast cancer in women, while men are advised to undergo regular prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests to screen for prostate cancer.
Given the heightened risk of diabetes, particularly among African Americans, regular screenings for blood glucose levels are essential. The American Diabetes Association emphasizes the importance of early detection and management to mitigate the impact of diabetes on overall health.
Pregnancy can be harder for Black women, so it’s important to see a doctor regularly during pregnancy to receive prenatal care. This helps keep both the mom and the baby healthy, says the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Checking your colon health is important for preventing and detecting issues early. The American Cancer Society recommends colorectal cancer screenings, including colonoscopies and other tests, starting at a certain age, depending on individual risk factors.
Proactive steps toward well-being contribute to honoring the legacy of those who paved the way for a brighter future. To schedule screenings or a behavioral health session, visit us at www.henryjaustin.org/services or call 609-278-5900 today.