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The North Shore Health Department Highlights for 3/21/2017

Did You Know?

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older. Typically, colon cancer begins as a small growth in the colon. Over time, these pre-cancerous growths, called polyps, can turn into cancer. By following the current screening guidelines, your doctor can remove these growths or find cancer in its earliest stages. A common screening method is a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy views the entire colon and polyps can be removed during the procedure if found. This procedure is usually performed every 5-10 years depending on the findings. Though it is usually recommended to start getting screened at age 50, you may need to be screened earlier depending on your family’s health history and risk factors. Check out who should be screened and when at:https://www.ccalliance.org/get-screened/who-should-be-screened-and-when/

Take steps to reduce your risk of colon cancer:

  •         Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, which may play a role in cancer prevention.
  •         Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all. If you choose to drink alcohol, limit the amount of alcohol you drink to no more than one drink a day for women and two for men.
  •         Stop smoking. Talk to your doctor about ways to quit that may work for you.
  •         Exercise most days of the week. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days. If you've been inactive, start slowly and build up gradually to 30 minutes. Also, talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
  •         Maintain a healthy weight. If you are at a healthy weight, work to maintain your weight by combining a healthy diet with daily exercise. If you need to lose weight, ask your doctor about healthy ways to achieve your goal.

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North Shore Health News

Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Resource Guide Released

The North Shore Health Department has worked with local partners to put together a comprehensive Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Information and Resource Guide for family and friends.  Access the guide online at: www.nshealthdept.org/heroin


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating illnesses caused by the Seoul virus, a very rare type of hantavirus (known as Seoul virus) carried by Norway rats. Individuals who have had contact with rats and who experience Seoul virus symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately. Learn more at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/hantavirus.htm

The Milwaukee Common Council voted to create a City-County Heroin, Opioid and Cocaine Task Force

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Meningococcal B vaccine

If you are or have an undergraduate student returning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for semester break, students are advised to get your second dose of the meningococcal disease serogroup B vaccine. Contact your health care provider to schedule this vaccine. More information on the Meningococcal disease outbreak at the University of Wisconsin Madison can be found at https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/front/meningitis-and-prevention

Our Mission

In partnership with the communities we serve, the North Shore Health Department assures, promotes, and protects the health and safety of the people in the North Shore.

Contact NSHD

The North Shore Health Department offices are staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please contact us at (414)371-2980 during our regular business hours 

If you have an urgent public heath need during non-office hours, please call the Bayside Communications Center's non-emergency number at (414) 351-9900 and the appropriate public health authorities will be notified.