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Health & Temperance

Health Ministries
September 2021

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy for American children under the age of 15.  Approximately 1 in 285 children in the American will be diagnosed with cancer.  Depending on the type of cancer, survival rates can range from less than 1% to 90%.  The causes of childhood cancers are not completely understood. Only about 8-10% of childhood cancers are because of an inherited genetic mutation.  Research is on-going to find the causes of the disease and reveal cures and improve outcomes.  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital leads the way in the world in research, treatment and prevention of childhood cancers and other life-threatening diseases.  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital treats children of all races and religions and regardless of  a family’s ability to pay.


September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month


Ovarian cancer causes more deaths each year than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.  A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 78.  There is no clear cause for ovarian cancer, but certain factors can increase a woman’s risk.  Factors include: age (older women are more likely to develop the disease), genetics, family history of ovarian or breast cancer, previous medical conditions in the reproductive system, history of using fertility treatments, using estrogen hormone replacement therapy and lack of pregnancy.  Only about 20% of ovarian cancers are found at an early stage.  When ovarian cancer is found early, about 94% of patients live longer than 5 years after diagnosis.  However, early stage cancers of the ovaries often cause no symptoms.  Currently, there are no reliable screening tests for ovarian cancer.  Consult with your healthcare provider to see if you have risks factors for ovarian cancer.


September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month


Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American men.  About 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.  Older men and African-American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer.  Prostate-specific antigen and digital rectal exams are used to screen for prostate cancer.  Overall 5-year survival rate for prostate cancer is 98%.  Consult with your healthcare provider to see if you have risks factors for prostate cancer and when you need to start screening.


September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month


Childhood obesity affects 1 in 5 American children.  Compared to children with healthy weights, children are overweight or have obesity are at higher risk for asthma, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and bone and joint problems.  Children with obesity are more likely to experience bullying, isolation, depression and low self esteem.  There is no one solution to childhood obesity but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following…

  1. Eat the rainbow: Have a healthy diet, make half of a child’s plate fruit and vegetables
  2. Move more: Children should aim for 60 minutes of physical activity every day
  3. Slow down on sugar: Decrease added sugar and avoid sugary drinks
  4. Reduce screen time: Too much screen time has health consequences by creating a sedentary lifestyle
  5. Sleep well: Too little sleep can make us eat more and be less physically active



COVID-19 is still with us and the Delta variant is recking havoc on those who are not fully vaccinated.  There have been over 645,000 COVID related deaths in the United States.  We still need to be vigilant in taking precautions to avoid getting and spreading the virus.  Praise the Lord for blessing us with 1 fully FDA approved vaccine (Comirnaty-the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine) and 2 emergency use authorization vaccines (Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen single-dose COVID-19 vaccine).  It is each individual’s choice in consultation with their healthcare provider whether and when to be vaccinated.



  1. Wear masks
  2. Social distance: stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people in public
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash and immediately wash your hands
  4. DO NOT touch your eyes, nose and mouth
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  6. STAY HOME when you are sick except when getting medical care
  7. WASH YOUR HANDS often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  8. Get vaccinated (unless you have a medical contraindication or a healthcare provider has told you not to get the vaccine).


Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

(This is not an all-inclusive list)

Fever (temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius)


Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing



Muscle or body aches


New loss of taste and/or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting



Psalm 121 (NKJV)I will lift up my eyes to the hills, From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.  Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.  The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.  The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth and even forevermore.”


2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive theirs sins and heal their land.”


John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”


Seventh-Day Adventist Grief Share Groups


El Centro SDA church group California-meeting online


Discover Life SDA church group California-meeting in person


Kansas Avenue SDA church group California-meeting online


Dorchester Berea SDA church group Boston, MA-meeting online


Apple Creek SDA church group Ontario, Canada-meeting online


Arlington SDA church group Arlington, TX-meeting online


Other Resources:
NAD Health Ministry

Weimar Health Center

Loma Linda University

Adventist Hospitals

Adventist Health System

NEWSTART Lifestyle program
Uchee Pines Institute WebMD


Veggie World
Mayo Clinic