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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?

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.

Stomach Flu

With a new school year about ready to kick off, that means children passing on more germs to each other which could increase the chances of the stomach flu visiting your house. How do you decrease your chances of your family getting the flu? Find out a few simple steps that can make a big impact on keeping those germs out of your house.

Teen Driving

Tips on how to teach your teen to be a safe driver.

Head Lice

With school about to begin find out what head lice is, how to treat for it and ways on how to keep it from affecting your family and home.