Health Ministry Updates

In an effort to keep the Metropolitan family informed, well and aggressive about their health, the Health Ministry presents detailed facts about health issues on the church website.

March is Women’s History Month and what an excellent time to focus on health care issues affecting women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have conducted research, implemented programs, and developed strategies to help women live healthier lives. These activities have helped address a variety of health issues, including cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, smoking, violence, workplace safety and more. For details on the research that has been conducted go to the CDC website at: www.cdc.gov/women/observances/

Also, March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and March 10 is Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Prior updates have covered:

  • Newborn screening is the practice of testing every newborn for certain harmful or potentially fatal disorders that are not apparent at birth. With a simple blood test, doctors often can tell whether newborns have certain conditions that could eventually cause problems.
  • Most prostate cancers are found in men over the age of 65. For reasons that are still unknown, African American men are more likely than white men to develop prostate cancer.
  • Sickle Cell Trait is found mainly but not exclusively in members of the Black race. Sickled red cells have been found in one out of every twelve African Americans. Sickle Cell Trait is an inherited condition which affects the red cells of the blood. When this condition is present, some of the red cells, which normally are round in shape, become distorted in shape or sickled.