What’s New

Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse will be happening on Monday, August 21st. Did you realize that we have one of the best seats in the house for viewing this amazing once in a lifetime opportunity? Make sure to purchase special glasses so you and your family can be apart of this spectacular event!


Back to School

As kids are getting ready to head back to school, make sure they have the proper school gear, school habits and after school plans to ensure a successful school year.


Balancing Family Time and Sports

It is great that our children are active in different school activities such as band, choir, speech, theater and sports; however, when is it too much? When do we or how do we get back to the basics of being a family?


Bullying

Bullying is a problem that keeps increasing at school. Find out ways to help our children not to become a victim of bullying. Also learn the signs that may determine if your child is already a victim.


Cancer Screening

Did you know that Family Medical Center of Hastings participates in a couple of different cancer screening tools. We participate in lung cancer screening and in a genetic cancer screening program. Read more to find out if you would be a good candidate for either of these screening tools.o Family Medical Center offers a couple of different cancer screening tests. First of all, we offer a lung cancer screening test. The criteria to see if you qualify for this screening test is as follows: ? between the ages of 55-74 ? 30-pack year smoking history • 1 pack per day for 30 years • 2 packs per day for 15 years • 3 packs per day for 10 years ? If former smoker, must have quit within the past 15 years o The best way to prevent lung cancer it to catch it in its early stages before it has spread. This is performed by having a CT scan of the lungs. o Secondly, a new cancer screening tool that we are using is called Myriad My Risk Hereditary Cancer. This type of test will screen for 8 different types of cancer: breast, ovarian, colon, uterine, melanoma, pancreatic, gastric and prostate. It will give the probability of your chances of being diagnosed with this type of cancer and what treatments or how often you should have testing done to lessen your chances of becoming a victim of cancer. It is a simple blood test that is sent out to be analyzed by specialists. Results are usually back in 6-8 weeks. Managing your hereditary cancer risk can be done by increasing surveillance thru close and continuous observation and testing, chemoprevention unto which the use of drugs to prevent the development of cancer and risk reducing surgery (based on individual considerations, surgical considerations may be recommended). o If you meet any of the criteria above or if you are interested in having any of these screening tests performed, ask your health care provider how you can get signed up.