Equifax Are you Affected? Security and your Personal Information.

equifax corpHow do I know if my personal information is potentially impacted by the recent cyber security hack at the credit reporting agency Equifax?  This should be a concern for everyone reading this.  The quickest way to see if your information is compromised is to go to:  https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/

You will be asked for your last name and the last 6 digits of your Social Security Number.

If you were not impacted you can feel good.  However if your personal information is at risk you should call Equifax at 866-447-7559, every day (including weekends) from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Eastern time.

The following is an update regarding the massive breach of consumer’s personal information at the credit monitoring company Equifax.

From the Associated Press:

“Three Equifax executives sold a combined $1.8 million in stock to insulate themselves from news that the credit monitoring company had been hacked.

The cyberattack between mid-May and July was disclosed by Equifax on Thursday. The attack exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information of about 143 million Americans.

The stock sales were executed on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 by Chief Financial Officer John Gamble and two other executives, Rodolfo Ploder and Joseph Loughran. Bloomberg News first reported the divestitures.

The sales insulated the executives from the downturn in Equifax’s stock. The stock dropped 13 percent in extended trading after the announcement of the breach.

Credit monitoring company Equifax says a breach exposed social security numbers and other data from about 143 million Americans.

The Atlanta-based company said Thursday that “criminals” exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year.

It said consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers were exposed. Credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. consumers were also accessed.

The company said hackers also accessed some “limited personal information” from British and Canadian residents.

Equifax said it doesn’t believe that any consumers from other countries were affected.”

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month September 2017

Prostate Cancer AwarenessProstate Cancer Awareness Month is September.  Three million men in the United States are living with Prostate Cancer. For men whose cancer is confined to their prostate, the five year survival rate is almost 100 percent.  For men with prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, the five-year survival rate is 29 percent.

Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States.

Nothing could be more important and easy than seeing a doctor or health care provider for a simple blood test (prostate-specific antigen or PSA) and a digital rectal exam (DRE).  Despite this it is surprising learn that the PSA blood test for prostate cancer isn’t always part of a man’s annual physical exam.  Many men actually refuse a digital rectal exam (DRE).

It’s important to note that an elevated PSA level doesn’t necessarily indicate prostate cancer. It’s simply one of the initial warnings that more information is necessary for your physician to make a good decision.  It is best to have a digital rectal exam (DRE) done at the same time as your doctor may detect an abnormal bump (possibly tumor) on your prostate.  What men need to know is that a digital rectal exam (DRE) sounds much worse than it is. The same is true for a man’s first colonoscopy.

Generally the first step toward a prostate cancer diagnosis is a biopsy. A prostate biopsy is an invasive procedure that involves a series of needles and puncture wounds to the prostate. Most men fear a biopsy of the prostate due to the fact that in the event cancer is present research has discovered that the biopsy increases inflammation and the progression and spread of cancer. Only 75 percent of cancers are detected via a patient’s initial biopsy. Often this leads to multiple invasive biopsies generally spaced from 6 weeks to three months apart.

Today it is important for patients to know the prostate biopsy alternatives.  You can learn more about these alternatives here:  http://www.bestprostatehealth.com/category/prostate-biopsy-2/   Another resource about  the “Prostate Biopsy, MRI, PSA, and Prostate Cancer” can be found here: http://ezinearticles.com/?Prostate-Biopsy,-MRI,-PSA,-and-Prostate-Cancer&id=9193061

The more you know the more you will realize that there is no reason to fear a simple prostate screening.  It could save your life.

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