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October is Breast Cancer Awareness & National Dental Hygiene Month

Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness Month reminds us all about the importance of early detection and how finding breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage provides the greatest chance of survival.

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 breast self awareness are tools for detecting early breast cancer disease. Both the American Cancer Society and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists agree that breast cancer screening should begin at age 40 – even earlier if a woman is at greater risk for developing breast cancer. 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 health care provider the proper way to do a breast self-exam.

Breast Cancer Can Affect Men

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. Talk to your health care provider if you are concerned about a change in your breast.

Early detection continues to be the key in the fight against breast cancer. Take time for "Breast Self Awareness" and remember to schedule your mammogram today!

Benefit Tips
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 (pinkribbon.hologic.com) on the Hologic.com website.

View your benefits at BCBS of MA Plan Summaries

Additional information on breast health:
American Cancer Society (cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer)
American Cancer Society (Men) (cancer.org/cancer/breastcancerinmen)
Susan G. Komen for the Cure (komen.org)
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization (y-me.org)

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 fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride's protection against tooth decay works at all ages.
Take care of your teeth and gums: Brushing and flossing reduces dental plaque which 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:
American Dental Association (ada.org/365.aspx)
American Dental Hygienists’ Association (adha.org/oralhealth)
Center for Disease Control
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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.*
*SOURCE: Center for Disease Control
Healthy Recipe
Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup

Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup

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

Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu (influenza). It is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications. Getting an annual flu shot is the best way to protect you and your loved ones. The CDC now recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a yearly flu vaccine. To help keep you well this flu season, Hologic is providing free shots to as many employees as possible. Check the schedule and mark your calendar today.
Healthy Perks!
Breast Cancer Awareness Pamphlets
During the month of October, educational brochures will be available at local offices to help you learn more about the early detection of breast cancer.
Healthy Perks!
Free Xylitol Chewing Gum!
Chewing Xylitol gum is an easy way to fight tooth decay and reduce cavities. Free Xylitol chewing gum and information about maintaining oral health will be available at local offices and at the national sales meetings in October, while supplies last!

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.