Super Bowl a time to address gambling
The biggest game of the year is right around the corner, the Super Bowl.
We’ve been watching and hearing about it on the news, sports stations, reading about it in the newspapers and talking about it at work or school. It’s impossible to escape the buzz around the “big game.”
The Super Bowl is also one of the biggest betting events of the year.
From workplace environments betting on squares, to a host of online bets and fantasy leagues, people can literally bet on every aspect of the game.
It is estimated that over 22 million Americans will wager more than $6 billion on the game.
For some people, these wagers may be more costly than they can afford.
Of those 22 million Americans betting on the Super Bowl, approximately 4%, or 880,000 individuals experience a gambling problem.
What does that mean?
It means that they are unable to set and stick to a limit of time and money spent on gambling.
It means that they may be betting to escape feelings of anxiety, stress or depression.
Gambling behaviors may be causing problems at home, impacting their relationships with their spouse and/or children.
They may also be experiencing problems at work as well.
For some, their gambling may turn into an addiction.
Problem gambling can affect anyone at any time.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing problems due to gambling, contact the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center at 518-801-1491 or email us [email protected]
We’re here to help.
The writer is a team leader at the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center.
Take action now to screen for cancer
Today is National Cancer Prevention Awareness Day
But being aware is not enough.
According to two April 2020 reports, cervical cancer screening dropped nationwide by 83%, mammograms by 87% and colonoscopies by 90%.
These declines are due to the temporary shutdown of medical offices for routine care to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties is urging anyone overdue for these screenings to talk to your health care provider about getting them back on the calendar.
Together, you can decide if getting a screening is safe at this time.
The following are recommendations for men and women with no risk factors (at average risk) for breast, cervical or colon cancer:
Men and women ages 50 and older should be screened regularly for colon cancer.
There are several ways to be screened.
They include a stool test that can be done in the privacy of your own home.
Women age 50 and older should get a mammogram at least every two years.
Women ages 21-65-years-old should get screened for cervical cancer.
If you don’t have insurance or a health care provider, our program may be able to help.
The CSP can help eligible, uninsured New York state residents get free cervical, breast, and colon cancer screening.
Call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) today to find out if you qualify for free cancer screenings.
The writer is a program manager with Ascension.
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