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November: Utahns mark awareness month for many health issues
Public health » Utah advocates hope to alert residents to a variety of health challenges and issues.

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Also, free quit kits and free six-inch subs to those who pledge to quit smoking will be provided on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 So. State Street.

For information on quitting, call the Utah Tobacco Quit Line at 1.800.QUIT.NOW or visit Utah QuitNet atwww.UtahQuitNet.com.

AAT deficiency: An underdiagnosed disease

November is also Alpha-1 Awareness Month. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency is a common hereditary disease that can lead to life-threatening liver disease in adults and children, and in lung disease in adults, according to a proclamation from Gov. Gary Herbert.

Utahns can learn more about the disease and about the Alpha-1 Association at http://www.alpha1.org/latest-news/utah-s-governor-declares-november-as-alpha-1-awareness-month

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Pancreatic cancer: Less-known and lethal

While Utah has one of the lowest pancreatic cancer rates in the country, according to the Utah Department of Health, the cancer is deadly. Pancreatic Cancer Action Network says the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is 6 percent.

The network urges more funding for research. Utahns can learn more at http://www.pancan.org.

Rural Health Week: Improving access to care

Rural Health Week is being observed Nov. 11-17 in Utah to spotlight the importance of access to good quality health service in rural communities. A statement from the Utah Department of Health is available at http://udohnews.blogspot.com/2012/11/improving-health-care-access-in-rural.html

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