Category Archives: Preventative Health

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

By Alan Baumgarten, MD, MPH

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Colorectal Cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and the risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90 percent of cases are in people aged 50 and older. So here is the good news, if everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. More…

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Why January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

By Laurie Panzer, PA-C
The Family Health Centers
The medical community has improved the way we screen for cervical cancer. We now screen for the Human Papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer. Today Cervical Cancer is one of the most preventable cancers because of a simple screening test called the PAP smear, and the availability of the HPV (Human Papillomavirus Virus) vaccine…

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October is American Pharmacists Month – Know Your Pharmacist – Know Your Medicine!

October is American Pharmacist Month, and The Family Health Centers now has two clinical pharmacists available to see you for your medication needs. Dr. Dana Arrington is caring for patients of our Asheville and Arden locations, and Dr. Allie Fay is serving the patients in Hominy Valley…

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August is national immunization awareness month, and with good reason.

With the beginning of school just around the corner, there’s no better time to update your family’s shot record!

In an age of rapidly-advancing medical technology and rising medical expenses, the most cost-effective intervention you can choose for your family is to vaccinate them against preventable diseases. About modern immunizations… by Dr. Jeff Graham

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