Prepping for colonoscopy is dreaded by many, and for some is a barrier to screening. However, once the bowel prep is complete the procedure is relatively simple for those undergoing the exam. And, gastroenterologists stress that good bowel prep is essential so that they can clearly see any abnormalities in the colon during the exam.
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In May 2018 American Cancer Society released an updated guideline for colorectal cancer screening. The new recommendation says regular screening should start at age 45 for individuals at average risk for developing colon cancer. Current guidelines from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say regular screening should start at age 50 for those at average risk.
Carson Tahoe Breast Center was recently selected as the only provider in Nevada, and one of only 131 worldwide, to participate in the prestigious Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST). Led by Dr. Kinsey Pillsbury, Medical Director at Carson Tahoe Breast Center, this innovative program will offer new advancements, opportunities, and expertise in the early detection of breast cancer. Since opening the comprehensive Breast Center in August 2016, over 10,000 women have accessed the facility for preventive and diagnostic care.
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We all know it’s coming…the onslaught of pink for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As the #2 cancer killer among women, just behind lung cancer and edging out colorectal cancer, it’s an area with a lot of resources and information available. If you’re prepping ahead for October, here are some updates for you:
If you work in primary care in a role where you'd refer women for breast cancer screening then we invite you to take the Nevada Breast Cancer Screening Survey, open through June 8. Providers that should take the survey include primary care doctors in internal, family and general practice medicine, OB/GYNs, PAs, APRNs, and similar.
As states and the nation transform their health systems, many policymakers are turning to community health workers (CHWs) to tackle some of the most challenging aspects of health improvement, such as facilitating care coordination, enhancing access to community-based services, mitigating the impacts of the social determinants of health, reducing health disparities, and containing costs.
Dr. Jason Crawford, Chief Medical Officer of Community Health Alliance in Reno, Nevada and winner of the Nevada Cancer Coalition 2015 “Innovation Award,” will share his experience implementing practice improvements to increase colon cancer screening rates at the upcoming "80% by 2018: Exemplary Primary Care Practices" webinar, Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. Dr.
The Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration posted Affordable Care Act Implementation FAQs this month clarifying points related to both screening colonoscopy and BRCA testing.
Questions 7 and 8 both clarified points related to preventive/screening colonoscopy. Here are the questions and answers from the DOL EBSA:
With March’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month fast approaching, health professionals throughout the state are challenging Nevadans to get screened for colon cancer. The disease is the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women in Nevada and nationwide, but with proper screening and early detection the risk of dying from colon cancer can be reduced by up to 70 percent.