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Do Any Of These Characters Sound Familiar To You?

Posted on 26 Mar, 2016|Leave a comment

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The Stress-head
You’ve done a solid eight hours in the office, up against deadlines, a demanding boss and fussy clients. When you fall in the front door, blood pressure sky high, a relaxing drink may seem like water in the desert to you.

Alcohol may help you relax for an hour or two. But it can increase your stress levels overall. Alcohol is a also a depressant, which means that it slows down the brain and the central nervous system’s processes. At first this can make you more relaxed and less wound up, but if you drink too much it can end up making you feel depressed, anxious – and more stressed.

The Dinner Time Guzzler
For you, dinner isn’t complete without a glass of wine or two.

It all starts with the preparation. You love playing chef for family and friends, and a glass of wine while you cook up a storm may seem to be part of the fun. But often that turns into two or three and oops…half the bottle’s gone before you even make it to the table. Then the rest goes during the meal.

The Sports Fan
You love football, baseball or some other sport. Your perfect weekend is watching all the big matches on TV. And maybe it’s accompanied by a beer or two or three…

The ‘Relax, It’s the Weekend!’ Drinker
When Friday finally rolls round you can flop down on the sofa and look forward to a couple of days off. It’s time to celebrate, which may mean cracking open a bottle. But if the celebration lasts through into Saturday night you’re in trouble, especially if it stretches into Sunday lunch.

Do Any of These Characters Sound Familiar? Take the Alcohol Self Assessment Test Now.
Find out whether your relationship with alcohol is about right or whether you’re overdoing it and need to take action.

Click to read the complete article for more information.

Read why and how to cut back on alcohol


The Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines Should Be Changed

Posted on 24 Feb, 2016|Leave a comment


Self chec is ready for the colon cancer screening guidelines to be changed. Are the National Cancer Advisory organizations ready?

According to the national advisory screening guidelines, getting screened for colon cancer at age 50, except if you are African-American or have a family history of the disease, is the thing to do. But if you ask your friends or family you may find that they keep making excuses for putting off this important screening self-chec. Are you one of those people?  We hope not. Colon cancer is is one of the most easily detected, preventable and curable forms of cancer when caught early.

Recent statistics tell us that one in seven people being diagnosed with colon cancer is under 50. “Part of the reason for this is that these young patients are often diagnosed only after their cancers start to cause symptoms…” explains Dr. Samantha Hendren, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

We wouldn’t want you to be that one person in seven. Don’t wait for the guidelines to change. It could take a long time.

Be your own advocate, stop smoking, watch your weight, exercise and stop for a second before you order and eat healthier. Then ask your healthcare professional if you may be at higher risk for this disease.

Easier said than done, that’s why we’ve given you the links above to start the process. Don’t forget, there are a lot of people counting on you to do this.

Your Hand Could Be Your Hidden Key to Weight Loss Success

Posted on 25 Jan, 2016|Leave a comment


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According to the folks at the National Institutes of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney disease, the best way to control your weight is not only by taking the time to eat healthier foods, but by knowing the difference between eating a serving size and a portion size. 

A serving size is the amount of food listed on a product’s food label that varies from product to product.
A portion size is how much food you choose to eat at one time, whether in a restaurant, from a package, or at home. 
Sometimes the serving size and portion size match; sometimes they do not
For example, according to a food label, 1 cup of macaroni and cheese is one serving. But if you make yourself a large bowl of macaroni and cheese, that portion is much bigger than one serving. The same may be true if you pour yourself a large bowl of cereal for breakfast. You should be the judge of how the portion you choose to eat relates to the serving size noted on the food label.*
Use the illustration above as a “handy” guide the next time you sit down to eat.

Drink Less ~ What Exactly Does That Mean?

Posted on 17 Dec, 2015|Leave a comment

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Many people are surprised to learn what counts as a drink. Although the drinks pictured here are different sizes, each contains approximately the same amount of alcohol. Surprisingly each counts as a single standard drink. In the U.S., a “standard” drink is one that  contains about 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of “pure” alcohol. 

If you want to know how much alcohol is in a cocktail or a beverage container, use one of the calculators.

Drinking can be beneficial or harmful, depending on your age and health status, and, of course, how much you drink. Click Here for more information about how alcohol can effect men’s and women’s bodies. It’s different. From the Self chec website.


The New Breast Cancer Guidelines ~ Are They Confusing Or What?

Posted on 24 Oct, 2015|Leave a comment

To Screen

We at Self chec recognize that the national cancer advisory organizations including the American Cancer Society sometimes do not agree about specific cancer guidelines often making it confusing to the public about what to do. That is why we are asking you to err on the side of caution by always consulting a healthcare professional to advise you in the healthy choices you will make. Below is an excerpt from an article by Denise Grady of The New York Times who we think brings some much needed clarity to an ever confusing topic for not only women, but men. 

Q. Do other health organizations agree with these new guidelines?

A. No. Some recommend more screening, and some less. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of prominent cancer centers, recommends mammograms every year starting at age 40.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends mammograms every year or two from 40 to 49, and every year after 50.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services, recommends a later start and less frequent testing: mammograms every other year for women 50 to 74.

Q. Given the conflicting advice, how are women supposed to figure out what to do?

A. All the groups agree that mammography can reduce a woman’s risk of dying from breast cancer, by about 20 percent. But when it comes to when to start and how often to screen, many experts say there is no one answer that suits all women.

Those who want to find tumors when they are as small and as early as possible should screen earlier and more often — provided that they can live with the high likelihood that at some point they will be called back to the clinic for more testing based on a false positive.

Women who find screening onerous or nerve-racking can take advantage of the opportunity to start later and undergo the testing less often — provided that they can live with the possibility that if they do develop cancer, the tumor may be larger and more advanced than it would have been had they been screened more often.

Please read the complete article here. Please share:

Safe, Safer, Safest Sex ~ The Condom

Posted on 25 Sep, 2015|Leave a comment

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Leslie Kantor, MPH, the national director of education initiatives at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, published this list of 8 little-known facts about condoms:

1.     When it comes to HIV, using a condom makes sex 10,000 times safer than not using a condom.

2.     There is no medical reason why someone can’t use a condom.

3.     Condoms have been around a long, long time. The earliest known illustration of a man using a condom is a 12,000–15,000-year-old painting on the wall of a cave in France.  

4.     One in four acts of vaginal intercourse is condom-protected in the US. It is one in three among single people.

5.     People who use condoms feel their experiences are just as pleasurable as people who don’t.

6.     Ninety-three percent of sexually active American women aged 15–44 have had a partner that used a male condom.  

7     The condom is one of the most accessible and inexpensive forms of birth control available. 

8.     The vast majority of American teens use a condom the first time they have sex.

For tips on how to put a condom on click here.

For more information about sex click here.

Do You Know Enough About Your Prostate?

Posted on 30 Aug, 2015|2 Comments

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The prostate is a gland about the size of a walnut, but it grows larger as men age. It is part of the male reproductive system. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra, which is the tube men urinate and ejaculate through. If your prostate gets too large, it can cause health issues. Having prostate problems does not always mean you have cancer. 

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men after skin cancer. African-American men have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world. Men with family histories of the disease are also at greater risk. In addition, the risk for prostate cancer increases with age. If you are under 50, your risk of getting prostate cancer is very low. 

While the exact causes of prostate cancer are not known, certain risk factors have been linked to prostate cancer. A risk factor is something that increases a person’s chance of getting a disease. Aging is the greatest risk factor for prostate cancer. Family history also plays a role. If a man’s father or brother has cancer of the prostate, his risk is two to three times greater than average. Diet may also be a factor. Men who eat large amounts of animal fat, particularly fats from red meat, may face a greater risk of prostate cancer than men who eat less animal fat. Check out Self chec’s How You Can Help Prevent Prostate Cancer page. Also, the importance of Eating Healthy and Exercising.

Share this inspiring video from Prostate Cancer UK. It’s a lovely story. 

Why Stress Is Bad For You & What You Can Do To Change How You Deal With It

Posted on 03 Aug, 2015|Leave a comment

At some point in your life stressful situations will rear their ugly head and cause negative changes in just about every part of your body. These changes can often be irreparable and life-threatening, that’s why it’s so important to be aware of STRESS (and how it can effect you). Easy to say, hard to do. Here are 50 Signs and Symptoms of Stress from that you need to be aware of. 

1. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain 

2. Gritting, grinding teeth

3. Stuttering or stammering

4. Tremors, trembling of lips, hands

5. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms

6. Light headedness, faintness, dizziness

7. Ringing, buzzing or “popping sounds

8. Frequent blushing, sweating

9. Cold or sweaty hands, feet

10. Dry mouth, problems swallowing

11. Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores

12. Rashes, itching, hives, “goose bumps”

13. Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks

14. Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea

15. Excess belching, flatulence

16. Constipation, diarrhea, loss of control

17. Difficulty breathing, frequent sighing

18. Sudden attacks of life threatening panic

19. Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulse

20. Frequent urination

21. Diminished sexual desire or performance

22. Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness

23. Increased anger, frustration, hostility

24. Depression, frequent or wild mood swings

25. Increased or decreased appetite

26. Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams

27. Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts

28. Trouble learning new information

29. Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion

30. Difficulty in making decisions

31. Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed

32. Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts

33. Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness

34. Little interest in appearance, punctuality

35. Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping

36. Increased frustration, irritability, edginess

37. Overreaction to petty annoyances

38. Increased number of minor accidents

39. Obsessive or compulsive behavior

40. Reduced work efficiency or productivity

41. Lies or excuses to cover up poor work

42. Rapid or mumbled speech

43. Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness

44. Problems in communication, sharing

45. Social withdrawal and isolation

46. Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue

47. Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs

48. Weight gain or loss without diet

49. Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use

50. Excessive gambling or impulse buying

 You can probably add to this list, but we’d rather you make them disappear.
Please click here for some tips.


This is What Skin Cancer Looks Like

Posted on 30 Jun, 2015|5 Comments


Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2015
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
Robinson, JK. Sun exposure, sun protection, and vitamin D. JAMA 2005; 294:1541-43
One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 57 minutes)

American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2015

We don’t want you to become a statistic. Neither do the people who care about you, so please read on and share with your family and friends to keep them healthy. Especially those who have spots like moles or freckles, on their skin.





Visit our  How to Do A Skin Chec and 
How to be Sun Safe pages on the Self chec site. 
Don’t forget to Chec out the Video in the middle of the page!
 Images were gathered from  several websites including: The Mayo Clinic, and WebMD


Get Naked

Posted on 30 May, 2015|Leave a comment

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Melanoma can be deadly. But it can also be treatable – if you catch it before it spreads. Early detection is a simple but important way to protect your health. There are just three simple steps:

1) Don’t be afraid to GetNaked. Stand in front of the mirror and take a closer look at your skin – learn what you look like and what your “normal” is. Then, perform a skin self-exam – and if you see something funny or different, make an appointment with a dermatologist. Not sure how to start? Click here.

2) Check your skin – regularly. Research has shown that patients, not doctors, are the ones most likely to spot melanoma because they are most familiar with changes on their own skin. In fact, more than half of all melanomas are detected by everyday people – just by paying attention to new or changing features on a loved ones’ skin.

3) Talk to others. Don’t be afraid to ask about a mole you’re not sure about. Ask your spouse, your partner, a friend or family member to help you keep track of suspicious moles and check hard-to-see places. Don’t be shy – melanoma isn’t, and it doesn’t discriminate. Melanoma can develop on anyone – no matter their age, gender or race. Read the whole article.