January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month – What We Need to Know

The American Cancer Society estimated in 2018 about 13,240 cases of invasive cervical cancer would be diagnosed. It is one of the most common forms of cancer death in women. Regular diagnostic testing has significantly reduced the death rate. It most often occurs in midlife for women between 35 and 44 years of age.  While it is rare in women younger than 20, 15% of the cases will be for women over 65.

 

  • Early detection is a key factor to successful treatment of cervical cancer. Annual Cancer Screening Tests (formally known as PAP tests) provide prevention and early detection.
  • Discuss having a HPV test done with your medical provider. A positive HPV test does not mean you will have or develop cancer.
  • HPV (human papilloma virus) can cause certain cancers. There are vaccines available to protect both women and men from the virus. Very few cases of HPV lead to cervical cancer.
  • Most cervical cancers can be stopped before they happen. Cervical cancer is rare in women who routinely get regular screening tests.
  • Follow your medical provider’s recommendation for the routine scheduling of your screening test.
  • Some women are at greater risk for getting cervical cancer if: (1) your immune system is compromised; (2) have HPV and it doesn’t go away; (3) have HIV or AIDS; and (4) if you smoke.

 

Take time to contact your health care provider for your routine exam.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO AC

I want to take minute to make a shout out and a huge THANK YOU to AC for prepping and cooking our delicious Prime Ribs for our End of Year Celebration, they came out perfect. Thank you for using us as a trial for your catering endeavors. We will definitely keep you in mind for next year!

Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

2018 Highlights

As the year comes to a close, most reflect upon the time and changes that may have occurred, plans being developed and just gratefulness for another good year. Here at Bethel Family Clinic we have been privileged to open a new facility, after years of hard work from many that are here and some that have left the Bethel employee family.  It is only through efforts such as this that have given the Clinic a new and more modern facility.

We plan to extend that theme into 2019 by doing more refurbishing in the original clinic space. The Behavioral Health department is expanding services and the efforts in refurbishing will assist the team in those endeavors.

Community Gift Drawings Update

As members of the Bethel community we are providing in November and December two drawings. You do not have to be a patient to enter or present to win.  See Ashley Dade or myself for the ticket.

The November drawing – On November 8th, the drawing for the 2 AC gift cards occurred. The winners were (drum rolls please) Cris Cobos and Valerie Wiseman. Congratulations!

The December drawing is currently underway.   We will be providing two drawings for giant stockings with toys. The drawing will be held Thursday, December 13, 2018. Stop by the Health Clinic or Administrative offices for a chance to enter.

The winners are being displayed on the Bethel Family Clinic Face Book page.

Holiday Schedule in December

Our holiday schedule for December notes we will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas Holiday. We will resume office hours on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. In case of an urgent need, please go to the nearest Emergency Department.

Bethel Gives

Thank you for your contributions to the Bethel Gives campaign this year. A great many of the non-profits here in Bethel rely on and value the donations provided to assist us in the work we do.

Vaccines Available

We regularly carry pneumonia and shingles vaccines for our patients’ year around. The flu season is a new type of vaccine every year, so we have to wait until the supplier distributes it. We have the vaccine available now. Call 543-3773 to schedule the time to come in your vaccine(s).

All our best for a Merry and Safe Holiday Season.  This is truly an exciting time to be part of the Bethel Family Clinic ‘family’.