Hastings community members were invited to attend a free lunch & learn presentation about colorectal cancer and screening options with local gastroenterologist, Dr. Christina Bigelow. Community members had an opportunity to learn and ask questions.
Community members stopped by the WISDM information table at the Hastings YMCA. Visitors could talk about their colorectal cancer screening options with a registered nurse and pick up free resources and materials. Visitors also entered a drawing for a chance to win our signature “Don’t Fear the Rear” t-shirt!
Our very own Shared Decision Making nurse, Rowie Hansberger, presented information about the WISDM program to the Hastings Community Partners Collaboration at Hastings City Hall. She explained colorectal cancer, screening options, and how to make an informed decision.
The Hastings Community Partners Collaboration is open to the community, is facilitated by Hastings United Way, and meets monthly.
During the month of March, community members were invited to come visit our display at the Pleasant Hill Library to learn more about colorectal cancer screening options. Community members were able to pick up free resources to take home or share with other important people in their life.
HASTINGS, Minn. (July 30, 2013)—It is recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society recommend that started at age 50 average-risk men and women should have regular screening for colorectal cancer. Unfortunately, many people delay making this important decision despite the fact that screening can save lives. As many as 1 out of 3 Hastings residents, 50-75 years of age are not screened for colorectal cancer per current guidelines.
If you’re like many people, medical decisions can be confusing. Finding the right information can be difficult. It is important for people to know their screening options, understand the advantages and disadvantages (pros and cons) of each screening test, be empowered to ask questions, and tell their healthcare provider about what might be holding them back from making this important decision.
Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks couldn’t agree more.
“When I turned 50, the first thing I did was go get screened,” Mayor Hicks said. He has teamed up with the CRCS-WISDM project to encourage the people of Hastings to learn more about the benefits of screening.
Screenings can find polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screenings can also prevent and identify cancer early in people without symptoms, when the chance of cure is high. Bottom line: colorectal cancer screening can save your life!
For more information about colorectal cancer screening, screening options, and local resources, or to download a booklet with information to help you or important people in your life make a colorectal cancer screening decision, visit the CRCS-WISDM web site: www.ScreenToPrevent.com/. The site also features tips on how to talk about this topic with your doctor and other important people in your life.
Talking about colorectal cancer screening isn’t always easy. If you have additional questions, want to learn more about screening tests, or would like to talk about your screening options with a registered nurse, please dial the Colorectal Cancer Screening community call-in line at (651) 438-1699.
The CRCS-WISDM Project is a joint initiative of Allina Medical Clinic – Hastings, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Hastings community.
About Allina Medical Clinic and Allina Health
Allina Medical Clinic offers primary and specialty care services at 42 locations in 32 communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Part of Allina Health, Allina Medical Clinic providers believe strong connections are at the heart of quality health care and they work hard to build relationships and trust with their patients.
HASTINGS, Minn. (March 19, 2013) — The Hastings City Council proclaimed March as Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness Month in the city. The council took action at its regular meeting Monday, March 18.
The proclamation reads:
WHEREAS colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths for men and women in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be;
WHEREAS colorectal cancer is highly treatable if found early, and often preventable altogether through screening;
WHEREAS anyone can get colorectal cancer, even if they have no family or personal history;
WHEREAS colorectal cancer most often starts without any signs or symptoms, so that even when you feel healthy, screening is an essential part of staying healthy;
WHEREAS multiple colorectal cancer screening options are available in our community;
WHEREAS while making a decision about colorectal cancer screening, everyone should know their options, learn the facts, and understand the pros and cons of each screening option;
WHEREAS everyone 50 years of age and older should feel empowered to ask their doctor about colorectal cancer screening;
WHEREAS talking about colorectal cancer screening is important, even if it’s not always a comfortable topic of conversation;
WHEREAS everyone in Hastings/Buffalo should be empowered to make personalized, informed medical decisions about colorectal cancer screening that are consistent with their own personal values, preferences, and best available medical information, with support from important people in their life; and
WHEREAS observing Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness Month during the month of March would provide a special opportunity to offer education on the importance of early detection and screening.
NOW THEREFORE, we do hereby proclaim March 2013 as: COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING AWARENESS MONTH.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the CRCS- WISDM Project (Colorectal Cancer Screening With Improved Shared Decision Making) urges everyone to start talking about it.
Talking about colorectal cancer screening isn’t always easy. If you have additional questions, want to learn more about screening tests, or would like to talk about your screening options, please dial the Colorectal Cancer Screening community call-in line at (651) 438-1699 to talk to a registered nurse.
For more information about colorectal cancer screening, screening options, and local resources; or to download a booklet with information to help you or a loved one make a colorectal cancer screening decision, visit the CRCS-WISDM web site: www.ScreenToPrevent.com/.