All women are at risk for cervical cancer, but it occurs most often in women over the age of 30. Cervical cancer is highly preventable due to regular screening exams (Pap tests) and a vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV). For women aged 21-65, it is important to continue getting a Pap test as directed by your doctor. Women are encouraged to talk to their health care provider about both of these screening tests. The Health Department’s clinics provides access to this important screening tool. To make an appointment please call the Health Department at 910-893-7550. Cervical cancer is preventable with regular screening tests and follow-up. It also is highly curable when found and treated early. For more information on how you can lower your risk of cervical cancer, click on the title.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. When breast cancer is found early, chances of survival are higher. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast and is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department provides access to mobile mammography screenings in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography. Screenings will be held January 20, 2017. Pre-registration is required. For an application see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
People age 65 and older take more prescription and over-the –counter medicines than any other age group. Healthy Harnett will sponsor a medicine safety session on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Coats Senior Center located at 214 E. Park Street in Coats from 10:00 until 11:30am. Seniors are encouraged to bring prescriptions and over-the counter medications to the session to receive a free medication review. The Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences staff and students will be providing the one-on-one medication reviews. For more information click on the title or call 910-814-6072.
Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when your doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. Prescription opioids are powerful pain-reducing medications that include prescription oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine, among others, and have both benefits as well as potentially serious risks. These medications can help manage pain when prescribed for the right condition and when used properly. But when misused or abused, they can cause serious harm, including addiction, overdose and death.What should you ask? Click here or on the title to view the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids: A Checklist.
Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Help protect your family, community and environment! Click on the title to view a listing of prescription drug disposal sites in Harnett County. Medication safety tips: Dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs. Be smart about storage; keep medicines in their original bottles or containers. Review all your medicines with your doctor or pharmacist, do this at least once a year, or when you start using a new medicine. Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children and away from pets. For more information 910-893-7550.To view a list of drug disposal sites located in Harnett County click on the title.
The Harnett County Board of Health will meet on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 7:00pm in room 220 of the Harnett County Health Department located at 307 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd in Lillington. To view a copy of the agenda click on the title or for more information please call 910-893-7550.
In recognition of American Heart Month, the Harnett County Health Department and Harnett Health are partnering to offer the 9th annual Go Red Lunch and Learn on Friday, February 3rd from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Governmental Complex Commons Area located at 309 W Cornelius Harnett Blvd Lillington. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Manesh Thomas with Ferncreek Cardiology. He will provide an informative presentation on heart disease. The event is free, however registration is required. To register call 910-814-6298. Lunch will be provided. The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 1st.
The “Give Kids a Smile” program provides free dental health services for children between the ages of 1 to 13 years not covered by dental insurance. The 2017“Give Kids a Smile is scheduled for Saturday February 04, 2017 from 9:00am until 1:00 pm at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine located at 80 Autumn Fern Trail in Lillington. All children must be a resident of Harnett County. For more information about “Give Kids A Smile” please call 910-814-4191 or click on the title to download the registration form.
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