March is National Colon Cancer Month

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. Each year, more than 136,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 die of the disease. With certain types of screening, this cancer can be prevented by removing polyps (grape-like growths on the wall of the intestine) before they become cancerous. Several screening tests detect colorectal cancer early, when it can be easily and successfully treated. Early stages of colorectal cancer don’t usually have symptoms. Risk factors: Are age 50 or older, smoke or use tobacco, overweight or obese, not physically active, drink alcohol in excess (especially if you are a male), Eat a lot of red meat, or a lot of processed meat, Have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or benign (not cancerous) colorectal polyps. For additional info www.preventcancer.org Health & Wellness

Prevention for Infection Disease

As you all know we are inundated with concerns regarding the Coronavirus. Please be aware that we are still in the cold and flu season so we should practice good precaution measures for both diseases. Listed below is some basic information from the Association for Professional in Infection control and Epidemiology (APIC). regarding the Coronavirus. The Coronavirus spreads through close personal contact with a sick person. Symptoms may show up 2-14 days later. Symptoms are fever, cough, shortness of breath.

• Call your healthcare provider if you have symptoms and have been to a country that has experienced an outbreak within the last 2 weeks of travel.

• Call your healthcare provider if you have symptoms and have been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19
Prevention: Wash your hands often; Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue, Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth, Avoid close contact with sick people, Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often. Stay home when you are sick.

When washing hands use soap and water washing for 20 seconds/ or singing the ABC song. Rinse and dry. You can also use hand-santizers. The CDC.gov also has information. Information regarding the virus is fluid as it stands now the best defense is practicing good hand washing practices.                                                                    Health and Wellness Ministry