Cancer Awareness Day Draws More Than 250 Participants

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Cancer Awareness Day

Doctors, nurses and staff from Emerson Hospital recently held the hospital's 13th annual Cancer Awareness Day at Emerson's Bethke Cancer Center, drawing more than 250 participants.

Participants selected from a variety of free health screenings, including a blood test for colorectal cancer, respiratory screenings, diabetes screenings, blood pressure exams, skin cancer screenings, a cholesterol test and, for men, a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test.

The number of screenings performed for the community was extensive, including:

Blood work (cholesterol, PSA & thyroid testing): 230

Skin cancer screenings: 144

Pulmonary testing: 132


Diabetes screenings: 208

Blood pressure checks: 179

Hemoccult screening kits (screening tool for colon cancer) handed out: 125

Body composition analyses (Thoreau Club staff): 100

Each person who had abnormal test results will be notified and encouraged to make an appointment with a physician.

In addition, Cancer Awareness Day attendees were offered materials on exercise, nutrition, smoking cessation and lung and skin health. Several departments provided information about services available at Emerson. Representatives from the Caitlin Raymond International Marrow Donor Registry signed up new donors, and many other external organizations were also present.

"Each year, Cancer Awareness Day is so successful because of all of the employees, volunteers and members of the medical staff who participate in this wonderful event," said Christine Schuster, president and CEO of Emerson Hospital. "Emerson is committed to providing the community with a comprehensive approach to cancer, including prevention, screenings, early detection and customized treatment options."

The purpose of Cancer Awareness Day is to call attention to the importance of education and early detection. The Bethke Cancer Center, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, houses medical oncology and radiation oncology services and provides advanced, quality cancer care to area residents. The Emerson Hospital-MGH Radiation Oncology Program jointly manages all radiation therapy for Emerson's cancer patients so that they may be treated close to home.

Emerson Hospital also provides surgical oncology, mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy, support services, nutrition counseling and continuing care services.