52 Weeks to Health: Week 18, Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer The Oral Cancer Foundation states 145 Americans will be newly diagnosed per day with oral cancer.  Close to 54,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. It will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour. Most oral and oropharyngeal cancers are attributed to tobacco use, alcohol use, or HPV-16 virus exposure. When found at early stages of development, oral cancers can have an 80 to 90 % survival rate. Unfortunately, at this time, the majority are found as late-stage cancers.  The death rate attributed to late-stage cancer is about 43% at five years […]

LCDHD now accepting appointments for J&J vaccine

The LCDHD is now accepting appointments for the one dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Please call to make your appointment: Health Department Health Department Adair: 270-384-2286 McCreary: 606-376-2412 Casey: 606-787-6911 Pulaski: 606-679-4416 Clinton: 606-387-5711 Russell: 270-343-2181 Cumberland: 270-864-2206 Taylor: 270-465-4191 Green: 270-932-4341 Wayne: 606-348-9349

52 Weeks to Health: Week 17, World Immunization Week

World Immunization Week – celebrated every year in the last week of April – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful health interventions. Yet, there are still nearly 20 million children in the world today who are not getting the vaccines they need, and many miss out on vital vaccines during adolescence, adulthood and into old age. Using the theme ‘Vaccines bring us closer’, World Immunization Week 2021 will urge greater engagement around immunization […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 16, Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections

STIs/STDs A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection caused by bacteria or a virus. It is also known as a sexually transmitted infection. STDs are spread by oral, genital, or anal sex. Some examples of STDs are chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea. HIV and viral hepatitis are the most common sexually transmitted infections. If you are sexually active, getting tested for STDs is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Make sure you have an open and honest conversation about your sexual history and STD testing with your doctor and ask whether you should […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 15, Alcohol

Alcohol And Your Health Drinking too much can harm your health. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 95,000 deaths and 2.8 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 29 years. Of all alcohol-attributable deaths, more than 70% involved men and more than 80% involved adults aged 35 or older. Death rates due to excessive alcohol use varied across states, ranging from 21 per 100,000 population in New York and New Jersey to 53 per 100,000 population in New Mexico. The economic costs of […]

District Board of Health Meeting

There will be a special called meeting of the Lake Cumberland District Board of Health on April 12, 2021, by way of YouTube Live via our YouTube channel at 1:00 pm EST/12:00 pm CST. Due to the pending retirement of the current Executive Director, this meeting will begin the search proceedings for a new Executive Director. This meeting is open to the public and complies with all open meeting laws consistent with KRS 61.805 to 61.850.