What is Cancer? Cancer begins when cells in a part of the body start to grow out of control. There are many kinds of cancer, but they all start because of out-of-control growth of abnormal cells. Cancer prevention is a priority for patient care in the Baystate Medical Practices.
In the United States, a woman has a one-in-eight lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, and over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually in the U.S.
Colorectal cancer screening is also tracked in the adult primary care practices. Guidelines recommend one of the following: colonoscopy within previous 10 years, sigmoidoscopy within previous 5 years, or fecal occult blood test done once a year.
In order to assure that patients receive the right screenings, and the right care at the right time, Baystate Medical Practices:
- keep track of appropriate times when patients need to receive care, have screenings performed, and have certain tests done based on their age, health and other guidelines
- use widely accepted information (evidence-based) to make decisions that may help reduce sickness and death
- use Information Technology, such as electronic medical records and health maintenance every visit to keep track of a patient's medical information
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