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October is Breast Cancer Awareness & National Dental Hygiene Month

Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness Month reminds us all that finding breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage provides the greatest chance of survival.

Benefit Tips
For most Hologic employees, mammograms are free
If you are enrolled in the Hologic Medical Plan, routine mammograms (one exam between age 35 through age 39 and one per calendar year for members age 40 or older) are free with in-network physicians/facilities.

A list of some of the providers offering Hologic 2D mammograms and our new 3D mammograms may be found in the facility locator on the Hologic.com website.

Early Diagnosis Is Key
There is no disagreement that early and accurate diagnosis of breast cancer is the key to improving clinical outcomes. Mammography – and in particular, digital mammography and the new Hologic 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) systems are widely regarded as the gold standard for detecting early breast cancer disease. In most cases, mammography can identify an abnormal breast mass as much as two years before a physical change would be noticed.

The American Cancer Society, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Radiology, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure agree that breast cancer screening should begin at age 40 – even earlier if a woman is at greater risk for developing breast cancer.

Be Aware
One half of all cases of breast cancer in women 50 years and older and more than 70% of cases of cancer in women younger than 50 years are detected by women themselves. Become familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts. If you are concerned about a change in your breast or you feel a lump - be sure to have it checked out by your Health Care Provider and be sure to ask your healthcare provider the proper way to do a breast self-exam.

DId You Know?

Breast cancer is not gender specific and can affect men. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be approximately 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in men and approximately 450 men will die from breast cancer in 2011. For every 100 cases of breast cancer diagnosed less than 1 case is found in men.

Early detection continues to be the key in the fight against breast cancer. Women should learn the proper way to do a breast self-exam and do it once a month. If a woman is 40 or over, she should remember to schedule a yearly mammogram. Even a few months delay can make a difference.

Additional information on breast health:

View your benefits at BCBS of MA Plan Summaries.

National Dental Hygiene Month

Healthy habits create a healthy smile is the motto for National Dental Hygiene Month!

According to the Center for Disease Control, oral health is an important aspect of our overall health. It is easy to incorporate a simple oral health regimen into an active and busy life in order to maintain optimal oral health. Here are a few tips:

Drink fluoridated water and use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride's protection against tooth decay works at all ages.
Take care of your teeth and gums: Tooth brushing and flossing to reduce dental plaque can prevent gingivitis—the mildest form of gum disease.
Eat wisely: Avoid snacks full of sugars and starches.
Visit the dentist regularly, every 6 months: Check-ups can detect early signs of oral health problems and can lead to treatments that will prevent further damage, and in some cases, reverse the problem. Professional tooth cleaning is key to preventing oral problems.

Remember, a healthy smile is a start to overall good health!

Benefit Tips
Take advantage of the twice a year cleanings included in the Hologic dental plan

Professional teeth cleaning is free with in-network dentists once every 6 months if you are enrolled in the Hologic Dental Plan. View your benefits at Delta Dental of MA Plan Summary.

Additional information on dental health:
In This Issue
Breast Cancer Awareness
National Dental Hygiene
Programs for Wellness
Healthy Tip
Wash Hands

Wash hands to lower the risk of spreading germs and getting sick. It is best to wash hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds.*

Healthy Recipe
Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup

Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup

» Get the recipe
Healthy Tip
Breast Cancer Awareness – Educational Pamphlets

During the month of October, fit HR partner will have educational pamphlets available to help you learn more about the early detection of breast cancer.

Dental Hygiene –
Free Chewing Gum!

There is evidence that sugar free chewing gum has positive benefits on dental health. Stop by to pick up free chewing gum and information about maintaining oral health while supplies last.


Programs for Wellness
Flu Season Is Almost Here – Vaccinate to Protect You and Your Loved Ones

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop an immune response. The best way to protect against flu (influenza) is to get a flu vaccine every flu season. Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. Anyone can get the flu, and getting a flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and your family. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to friends and loved ones. 

To help keep you well, Hologic is providing free flu shots to as many employees as possible. View the schedule.

Get vaccinated now so that you will be protected all season long!

This e-newsletter provides general information on healthy living. It is not meant to be used in place of the advice of your healthcare provider.

If there is any difference between the Hologic healthcare plan information included here and your actual plan documents and/or insurance contracts, the documents and/or contract will govern. Hologic reserves the right to amend or terminate these plans at any time.