New Year, New You: Take Charge of Your Health in 2019
Many people like to make pretty big New Year’s resolutions, especially as the clock strikes midnight. A new year promises a new beginning for everyone. Why not make 2019 the year you focus on overall good health? The Kenosha Community Health Center (KCHC) is a nonprofit organization offering comprehensive healthcare which enables our patients to maintain their well-being by addressing health disparities and providing access for all. One of our goals in 2019 is to educate patients about the importance of early colorectal and breast cancer screenings and awareness. Stool tests to detect signs of colorectal cancer are administered at KCHC. Unlike colonoscopies, stool tests are non-invasive but do need to be done more often. (Also, any abnormal results from a stool test will lead to a colonoscopy). There were nearly 100,000 new cases of colon cancer and 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer diagnosed in the United States in 2017. Early detection is key, as death rates from colorectal cancer are still highest in African-American men and women. Contact your nearest KCHC location to schedule your appointment today-and help make 2019 a healthy year for yourself and your family! Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States. White women have the highest incidence of breast cancer, but African-American women have higher mortality rates (28.7 versus 20.3 in 100,000). This may be due to factors including later-stage diagnoses and access to screening, follow-up care and treatment. The American Cancer Society recommends that women aged 45-54 with an average risk get a mammogram every year. Women with a high genetic risk should have an MRI and mammogram done each year, beginning at age 30. Kenosha Community Health Center is focused on increasing awareness and the number of screenings performed in our community. Mammograms are low-dose x rays that can help detect breast cancer at its earliest stages-even before a lump can be felt. They highlight abnormal areas in the breast, which helps medical staff determine if additional testing and biopsies need to occur. Make your New Year’s resolution count-schedule a screening appointment at the KCHC today by calling 262-351-1749! *These and more cancer facts are available at www.cancer.org.