Colorectal Cancer Screening & Diagnosis
Colorectal cancer is an increasingly common form of cancer that often goes undetected. In fact, it is the leading cause of cancer deaths among non-smokers, men and women combined. Both proper diet and annual screening beginning at age 50 can reduce the risk and catch pre-cancerous growths before they become life-threatening.
Recent research from The US Preventive Services Task Force, American Gastroenterological Association, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy now recommends the use of the non-invasive Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) annually for adults over 50, as it may be more effective detecting early cancers than the sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy at five-year intervals. Champions for Health and Kaiser Permanente are working with community clinics to increase the use of FIT tests as a primary screening tool through a program called FIT-SD and ensure proper data collection, test collection and follow-thru.
Influenza or the “flu” is a leading cause of death for individuals with other prolonged diseases and illnesses. To ensure community health, free immunizations are set up across the county during each flu season. By immunizing yourself and your family members, you can protect yourself and loved ones and those around you. Click here for a listing of free flu clinics this fall.
Breast Cancer Screening
Annual clinical breast exams and mammograms are critical for women. Breast cancer has a high survival rate when detected and diagnosed in its earlier stages. Low-income, uninsured/underinsured women of color in Southeast San Diego and North County are disproportionately affected by breast cancer occurrences and death due to late-stage diagnoses.
Diabetes Prevention Program
Three behaviors – poor diet, lack of exercise and smoking – contribute to the four diseases that account for 50% of the deaths in our community. You can prevent these diseases and live a healthier life by adopting healthy behaviors for yourself and encouraging family members to join you!
Simple steps such as adding more physical activity to your life, incorporating more fruits and vegetables to your diet, and eliminating smoking and tobacco products will give you energy and have profound positive effects in your life.
Check out our video on our partnership with the Skinny Gene Project!
Get started to improving your health by signing up to join us at the Solana Beach Sunset 5K Run/Walk this November 10th 2018. Walk or run along the beach beginning at 3 pm at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach. Stay tuned for more information!
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