Is this article a bit morbid? Yes, it may be but if you’re reading this then you may be just a little curious as to what it’s about. Every state has a list like the one I’m going to show you. Every state has their dark secrets and every state has those things that absolutely shock them. This article is to inform you of what is going on in our state and in our families. Correct information and education is the first stage in taking a step forward. “
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela.
Cancer is the #1 leading cause of death in South Carolina. Do you know which one ? You probably guessed Lung cancer. Am I right? That's wrong. The leading cancers on the list are Breast cancer and Prostate cancer. Remember to get those check-ups. They are important. You are important!
2. Heart Disease
Heart Disease which includes high blood pressure claims the lives of 35 people a day in South Carolina! Let's say that again: 35 people a day. You can get free blood pressure checks almost anywhere these days and simple changes in your diet can help.
South Carolina has the 16th highest mortality rate from Cardiovascular Disease and Strokes in the nation. Most reports pair the two together, but I wanted to separate them. The reason is...you don't have to have CAD to have a stroke. A stroke is caused by a blood clot in an artery that supplies blood to your brain. You don't have to have cardiovascular disease for that to happen. There are other diseases that can contribute to strokes. Use that healthcare people and if you don't have health care there are free clinics that you can apply to.
4. Domestic Violence
South Carolina is ranked #2 in the nation of women killed by men and that is almost double the national average. Over the past decade 300 women have died. To put that in perspective; that is 1 woman every 12 days. Of that 10 year study, SC ranked #1 in the nation 3 times. It's time to stop this madness. Don't be afraid to call someone...anyone. Tell everyone. The more people speak out, the more attention will be placed upon this and hopefully something will be done about it.
5. Gun Violence
We rank #7 for the deadliest state due to gun violence. As of 2010, there is an incident that happens every 14 hours in SC. Every 14 hours!
6. Car Accidents
There were a total of 348 people killed in car accidents in 2014. Since the beginning of 2015, there have been a total of 390 and we are just half way through the year. There is a wake up call here. Slow down. You will get where you need to go and if you are late, the world will not fall apart. Please, put down the cell phone. Those people can wait. There was a time when we didn't have them and you know what the person did when they wanted to get a hold of you? They waited. It will be okay and they will be okay. Even better, you will be okay. Also, just because the speedometer says it will go 180 mph doesn't mean that you need to see if it can. Life is much more important; your life, their lives; our lives.
7. Chronic Respiratory Diseases including Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
As of the latest total study in 2004, there was a sum total of 630,841 people dealing with a respiratory disease. Of those, 271,222 of them were children dealing with asthma. Most of these diseases are caused by smoking. Emphysema and COPD are non-reversible diseases. I know that no one who smokes wants to be told to quit, but if you do you can save yourself and your loved ones from the grief of these diseases. South Carolina has a stop smoking campaign and will give you help to quit for free. Think about it.
8. Alzheimer's Disease
As of 2010, there was an estimated 80,000 people diagnosed with Alzheimer's in South Carolina. Unfortunately, there is no known direct cause and there is no known cure.
Some call it 'sugar' for short. DHEC estimates that 350,000 people in SC have diabetes. A lot of people walk around undiagnosed. That's a scary thought. Diabetes can be a deadly disease however, it can also be very manageable. Don't be afraid of the diagnosis. Number one, get checked. Number two, simple diet changes can really help. Number 3, walking is a great exercise to help lower blood sugar. Best of all? South Carolina has a lot of nature and parks where you can manage your blood-sugar with exercise. You can take a camera or binoculars and make a game of counting unique birds and such along your way to a healthier you!
Nephritis is inflammation of the kidney(s). There are many reasons why this can happen. However, don't wait to go to the doctor because you think it's 'nothing'. A simple urinary tract infection can make this happen. And, that is something that is easily treated before it gets to be something more dangerous.
It's true that most of the deaths from this are in the very young and the 65+ category. There are things that can prevent this such as getting a flu shot, keeping the very young away from the public as much as possible, good hand washing, and making sure that the 65+ citizens take good care of themselves. If you or someone you know does get it, make sure they get plenty of fluids and see their physician as soon as possible.
Septicemia is a bacteria in the blood usually caused by infection of a wound. Sometimes it can be a very slight wound. It doesn't have to be a huge weeping gash. It all depends on what kind of bacteria comes into contact with an open place in your skin. There are ways to prevent this in some cases. Wash your hands before and after changing a dressing, keep the place clean and dry, and see the doctor if any redness or 'fever' in the area appears. You will usually see streaking red lines coming from the infected place which is a good sign that something is not right in which case, see your doctor or go to the ER immediately.
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the nation. South Carolina ranks #27 in the nation. It's a terrible thing to happen and sometimes people just don't know who to turn to and they feel no one can help. All I know to say here is to lend an ear when you can, maybe some sage words of advice, and be kind to others. You never know how much kindness can help someone as well as a listening ear. Be aware if someone around you suffers from depression as well. It can be a difficult time for them.
South Carolina ranks #8 in the nation for the number of HIV/AIDs patients. There has been only one known man who was completely cured of this virus, but scientists are still unraveling the mystery. Therefore, only medications and herbal treatment remains. You can prevent this by using precaution and getting tested regularly.
The CDC reports that 29.4% of South Carolinians are obese. That puts us in the number 10 spot on the nation's ranking chart. That also means that approximately every 1 in 3 adults are overweight. Managing a better control on your weight can lower your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers.
I know everyone has heard the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Some of these can be prevented, some can be helped, and there are some that just “are”. But, it is better to be informed than to be in the dark.