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May is a month to be aware, for many reasons

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. • May is also American Stroke Month, Better Sleep Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month. There are also weeks in May devoted to occupational safety and health, food allergy awareness and women's health, and special days raising awareness for melanoma, the HIV vaccine and the dangers associated with tobacco use. • In a calendar chock-full of health observances, May takes the cake, with more than 40 observances spread across its 31 days. • Brain tumor awareness is the latest addition. The House of Representatives passed a resolution last year creating the observance, recognizing the more than 190,000 people in the United States diagnosed with a brain tumor each year. • Other observances for May include:

• Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

• Better Hearing and Speech Month

• Clean Air Month

• Healthy Vision Month-Refractive Errors

• Hepatitis Awareness Month

• Lupus Awareness Month

• Lyme Disease Awareness Month

• Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month (May 4 was also "Melanoma Monday")

• Mental Health Month

• National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month

• National Arthritis Awareness Month

• National Bike Month

•National Cancer Research Month

• National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

• National Neurofibromatosis Month

• National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

• National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

• National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

• Sturge-Weber Awareness Month

• Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month

• Ultraviolet Awareness Month

On the Web

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion maintains the list of health observances. For a complete list, which also includes special observance weeks and days, visit

May is a month to be aware, for many reasons 05/13/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 5:08pm]
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