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Diseases of the Week
May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
- Cystic Fibrosis Awareness ToolKit, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- CDC facts: What is cystic fibrosis? [PDF 298.67 KB]
- Cystic fibrosis is included in the universal panel for newborn screening in the United States. Find out more about cystic fibrosis.
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month
- CDC Vital Signs: Hepatitis C- testing baby boomers saves lives
- CDC Information: About 3 million Americans have hepatitis C, most were born from 1945-1965. If you were born during these years, talk to your doctor about getting tested.
- An FDA-approved hepatitis C RNA test should be used to identify active hepatitis C infection among persons who test anti-HCV positive
Skin Cancer Awareness
- CDC information: Risk factors for skin cancer include UV exposure & history of sunburn
- CDC information: People who have a close relative (parent, sibling, or child) with a specific type of skin cancer called melanoma may be at greater risk of developing the disease than the general population
- NCI information: Skin cancer risk factors include inherited disorders, such as xeroderma pigmentosum or nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome, that make the skin more sensitive to the sun and increases the risk of skin cancer
- NCI Physician Desk Queries (PDQs): Genetics of skin cancer
May is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Awareness Month
- Several states including Oklahoma [PDF 178.82 KB] and Oregon [PDF 107.87 KB] have declared May 2013 Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Awareness Month
- From the Mayo Clinic: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a group of inherited disorders that affect connective tissues — primarily your skin, joints and blood vessel walls
- What is EDS? From the NIH Genetics Home Reference
- Risk factors for aortic aneurysm include family history and certain genetic diseases like Marfan syndrome and EDS [PDF 335.58 KB]