May 26, 2009 12:24 PM by St. Mary-Corwin
Cancer Prevention & Screening
It is now believed that more than 50 percent , and possibly up to as many as 85 percent , of all cancers could be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes and choices. How you eat, your level of overall fitness, knowledge of your family's medical history and how you handle stress and conflict in your life may all have a bearing on whether or not your body develops cancer.
Exposures in the workplace and environment (such as asbestos, heavy metals, radiation, organic solvents and others) have been linked to increases in rates of cancer. Prevention of these exposures through the following can greatly reduce these risks:
- Reduction in the use of toxic substances
- Environmental hazard control
- Personal protective equipment
For information on cancer education prevention classes, call:
- St. Mary-Corwin's Cancer Information Line
- 1-800-228-4029, ext. 5525
- St. Mary-Corwin Health Advisor
- Visit Support Services
Cancer screening involves looking for cancer in a person who does not have any symptoms. The goal of cancer screening is to find cancer early, when many cancers are more treatable.
The following are cancers for which there are reliable screening and early detection approaches:
- Breast Cancer
- Colon and Rectal Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
For a detailed explanation of the American Cancer Society screening recommendations for the above cancers, visit their Guideline Section. The guidelines list who should participate in cancer screening, how the screening should be done and when/how often individuals should be screened.
In partnership with the Women's Wellness Connection
, the cancer center also provides screening for cervical cancer, breast exams and mammograms for women younger than age 65.
For more information on available screenings, call 719-557-5525 or 1-800-228-4039, ext. 5525.
Colorado Colorectal Cancer Screening Program
The Colorado Colorectal Screening Program provides funding to screen uninsured individuals for colon cancer; thus making a significant impact in the number of patients diagnosed with the disease in its earliest stages. The program is funded through a grants program through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment using Colorado's tobacco tax revenue.
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center and The Reverend Roger Patrick Dorcy Cancer Center are proud to partner with the University of Colorado Cancer Center
to bring this program to the Pueblo community.
Current patients of partnering clinics are eligible for the screening program if they meet the following criteria:
- Patient must be served by one of the participating community clinics; Southern Colorado Family Medicine or Pueblo Community Health Center
- Patient must have no health insurance
- Patient must be in need of colorectal screening (age 50 or over; high risk or symptomatic)
- Household income below 250% of the federal poverty level
- Patient must be lawfully present in the United States