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 in detecting early cancers than the sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy at five-year intervals. Champions for Health is 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.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Every year, Champions for Health is part of the San Diego County Love Your Heart event, in which we mobilize thousands of volunteers to community locations and faith-based organizations to provide free blood pressure screenings to community members. Know your numbers and follow up with your physician for how to lead a heart-healthy life.
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.