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Story ideas and photo opportunities for September

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

New meaning for Labor Day: To pregnant women, “labor day” is a time to celebrate a totally different kind of labor movement. Preparing for such a monumental event—especially if it’s your first—can feel a little daunting. One way to ease this anxiety is to know who will be there to help you deliver your baby. Geisinger experts can give you a who’s who of labor and delivery so you know exactly which pros can help your bundle of joy make his or her way into this world. 

Break the silence
: Just 20 percent of ovarian cancer is caught early, which is why it’s called the silent killer. Early symptoms often don’t show; if they do, they’re sometimes confused with other less serious health issues. However, trusting your gut instinct, noticing a change in how you normally feel and visiting your doctor can increase your chances of an early diagnosis. During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Geisinger experts can explain the symptoms you shouldn’t ignore and review other genetic factors that could put you at risk for ovarian cancer.

Slow-growing: Prostate cancer is often treatable because it grows gradually, but becoming a prostate cancer survivor may bring with it some side effects that are difficult to deal with—and talk about. Sexual dysfunction and bladder and bowel incontinence issues can emerge after cancer treatment, leaving some men with depression and anxiety about these effects. During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Geisinger experts can discuss the specifics of these conditions, treatment options and how to strike up the conversation with your doctor. 

A matter of life or death
: Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-24-year-olds. The prevalence of social media, our always-connected society and even the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” have brought teen suicide to the forefront. It’s up to everyone to help shrink the stigma and get real about depression and suicide. Geisinger experts can educate you on how to recognize the signs of depression and suicide and have an open conversation with your teen friends and family. You might save a life.  

Up to your old tricks
: The fountain of youth may not actually exist, but we’ll let you in on something that’s less of a mystery: You’ve got a lot of control over how long you live. In fact, 70 to 80 percent of your longevity is based on lifestyle choices. Let Geisinger experts offer advice for living a bit healthier every day and making sure you’re around for your 100th birthday. 

Beef about burgers: National Cheeseburger Day is Sept. 18, and rather than enjoy two all-beef patties, do your heart a favor and try something a little lighter. Experts can suggest alternatives for your favorite burger including a dish debuting in Geisinger cafeterias called the Feinburger. It’s a delicious vegan burger developed by Geisinger Executive Chef Matthew Cervay and taste-tested and endorsed by Geisinger President and CEO (and vegan!) Dr. David Feinberg.

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