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Posts for: April, 2019

Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Your risk of developing colon cancer increases after the age of 50. Although colon cancer is common in people with family history, 4 out of 5 people that are diagnosed with colon cancer have NO family history. Screening rates need to be improved as 1 in 3 adults over the age of 50 are NOT getting screened.

There are many ways patients can be screened for colon cancer including:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Stool DNA (cologuard)
  • Fecal Occult Blood Test

Talk to your doctor about colon cancer screening. It is recommended in all adults, male and female, over the age of 50. If you have family history, you may need screening earlier.

When caught early, colon cancer is 90% curable.

Schedule an appointment with HealthFirst to discuss your colon cancer screening options!

A primary care provider (PCP) is a health care practitioner that provides care to patients with common medical problems. When many people refer to their PCP, they refer to their family doctor. A PCP can be a doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner. Your PCP is often a provider that is involved in your care for long periods of time. They treat acute illnesses like the common cold and flu as well as manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, asthma, and many others.

Primary care providers practice in several different specialities such as:

  • Family Medicine - treats patients of all ages
  • Internal Medicine - treats adult patients
  • Pedicatrics - treats children

Our role as your PCP is to:

  • Provide preventative medicine services such as annual physicals, GYN exams, and counseling on healthy lifestyle practices
  • Identify and treat both acute illness and chronic diseases
  • Arrange referrals to specialists when necessary

If you are in need of a primary care provider, call HealthFirst Primary and Urgent Care today and make an appointment!