Health Screenings & Prevention
Our mission at MidState Medical Center is "to improve the health and healing of the communities we serve." Living out that mission means more than only providing medical care to patients when they are sick. It also means offering the people in our community access to education and screenings to prevent disease in the first place, keeping them healthy and well so that they never have to experience the hardship and distress that can come with not being well.
Our Cancer Center, in particular, makes a special effort to provide health screenings to those in the community that may be uninsured or underinsured. In 2013, the center provided the following:
Head and Neck Screening
- Oral, head and neck cancers claim approximately 12,000 lives per year, but if diagnosed early, these cancers can be more easily treated without complications and the chances of survival greatly increase.
- In April 2013, physicians at MidState screened 46 men and women for head and next cancers. Patients came from our surrounding towns and as far as Old Saybrook. Of those 46 individuals, 15 patients had abnormalities detected, 13 required further evaluation and 2 required immediate consultation. Physicians and staff intervened early to link these patients to the appropriate follow-up care needed.
- According to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, there are over one million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States each year. This outnumbers all skin cancers combined. While skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, it is highly treatable if detected early.
- In May and June 2013, physicians at MidState conducted two separate skin screenings and evaluated 53 men and women for skin cancer. Patients came from our surrounding towns and as far as Terryville. Of those 53 individuals, 11 patients had abnormalities detected and 3 patients were diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma following biopsies.