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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is a chance to raise awareness about the dangers of this disease and the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

What is Breast Cancer?

Cancer is a result of abnormal cell growth. These cells can penetrate tissue and eventually form tumors.  When these abnormal cells begin growing in the breast tissue they can lead to breast cancer. Breast cancer cells can spread to the lymph nodes through lymphatic vessels. Once these cancer cells have spread to lymph nodes, the risk of the cancer spreading to other parts of the body is much greater.

How can I protect myself?

While breast cancer thought to be hereditary, even if it doesn’t run in your family you should still be proactive about protecting yourself. One out of eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Getting screened annually will detect cancer early and increase your chance of beating the odds. Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise may also reduce your risk.

How can I help?

All of us here at Falcon are committed to the fight against breast cancer. In honor of those affected by breast cancer, throughout the month of October, Falcon will donate $5 to the American Cancer Society for every new enrollment in auto-pay or a new lawn or pest service. If you wish to donate directly to the cause you can here.

For more information about breast cancer, resources and support visit the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer site.

 

 

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BBC News recently published an in-depth feature article on the psychological reasons humans feel fright when they see a cockroach. The following is a quote from the story that is particularily illuminating:

Roaches invade our homes and make those intimate spaces their own. As physical embodiments of filth and germs, they show that for all of our fortifications against dirt and disease, those efforts are ultimately futile. “They’ve really figured out how to exploit the opportunities we create, and in doing so, developed behaviours and life histories that prevent us from controlling them,” says Jeff Lockwood, a professor of natural sciences and humanities at the University of Wyoming. “In a sense, we loathe that which we foster.” Our very existence enables them to thrive."

The excellent piece goes on to detail examples of famous authors and myths involving the cockroach. The authors of the story go on to detail that is actually an "evolutionary aversion" to the filthiness, greasiness, and disease-carrying ways of the cockroach. Please do yourself and read the excellent story prepared by the BCC.

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Some people are tastier than others; to mosquitoes that is! There are many factors that determine how yummy you are to mosquitoes like your blood type, metabolic rate, genetic makeup and bodily chemicals. Not only can this make you more likely to develop those itchy red spots we all just love, but it also makes you more vulnerable to illnesses that develop from mosquito-borne viruses like chikungunya, Dengue fever and West Nile virus.

Protect yourself by wearing light colored clothing, long sleeves and pants, applying insect repellant containing DEET to exposed skin and clearing any stagnant water from your yard or home where mosquitoes can breed. If you have mosquitoes in or around your home call your Falcon representative today.

 

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Raise your hand if you love cockroaches!

Okay, nobody likes cockroaches. They creep around your garage, behind cereal boxes, across your kitchen counter, next to your toothbrush and up your wall. They’re disgusting and we hate them. But did you know they can physically make you sick? It is widely known that these pests carry diseases but you may not know that many people are allergic to cockroaches.

Research shows that cockroaches carry allergens that can cause skin rash, itchy eyes, stuffy noses, wheezing, and asthma attacks. As if we needed more reasons to dislike these creepy pests.

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Although chikungunya has been getting a lot of press lately, it isn’t the only mosquito-borne illness threatening Floridians. With five confirmed cases of West Nile virus reported last year, and another recent confirmed case in Volusia County, knowing how to protect oneself from Florida mosquitoes is crucial in the remaining hot months. While the elderly are at a greater risk for West Nile virus “only about 1-in-5 people who are infected develop symptoms, which include fever, headache and body aches, and a few of those who are sickened develop a more serious illness that is sometimes fatal”, said Dr. Amy Vittor of the University of Florida Health’s infectious disease division. 

Using insect repellent on exposed skin, wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors, and eliminating any stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed are just some measures you can take to keep your family safe from mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus and chikungunya. Check out this article from The Daytona Beach News Journal for more details.

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