April Health Fair

Adobe Care & Wellness alongside its partner Wellcare by Allwell will host several free health fairs throughout the month of April. The events are open to the public and they are being held in the Southern Arizona communities of Yuma, San Luis, Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Wilcox, Benson, and Kingman.

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with medical professionals and get health screenings and preventative care for the following: 

        • Diabetic Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)
  • Diabetic Eye Exams
  • Diabetic Education
  • Bone Density Screening
  • Flu Shots
  • PADs (Peripheral Artery Disease)
  • Colorectal Cancer Test Kits

All of the fairs will take place from 9 am-4 pm. The locations and scheduled dates are as follows: 

  • 04/07/2022: MLK Center – 300 S 13th Ave, Yuma, AZ 85364 
  • 04/08/2022: San Jose Integrated Care – 1233 Main St Suite 10, San Luis, AZ 85349
  • 04/12/2022: Adobe Care and Wellness Office – 637 E Wilcox Drive, SV, AZ 85635 
  • 04/13/2022: Premier Alliances – 1556 S Naco Hwy, Bisbee, AZ 85603
  • 04/14/2022: Walker Family Medicine – 801 W Rex Allen Dr, Wilcox, AZ 85643
  • 04/15/2022: Cochise College Benson Center – 1025 AZ-90, Benson, AZ 85602
  • 04/19/2022: Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center – 1776 Airway Ave # B, Kingman, AZ 86409

Walk-ins are welcome or make an appointment by calling (800) 941-9270.

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S., taking the lives of nearly 53,000 Americans each year. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month,  which is dedicated to educating the public on screening and prevention and raising funds for a cure.

Adobe Care & Wellness is proud to be piloting a new Fit Kit called Second Generation Fit  developed by Biolabs. This new technology is much easier on the patient than other screening tools, it can be used in the comfort of home and provides results in 10 minutes. Screening is a valuable tool for diagnosing and treating cancers before it is too late. To help raise awareness on colorectal cancer prevention and treatment here are 5 things you need to know:

1. Risk factors for Colorectal Cancer

Understanding the risks for any cancer is essential to minimizing these risks. Like many other health concerns, age and gender can have an effect but other risk factors for colorectal cancer include:

  • History of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Family history of colon or rectal cancer
  • Personal history of cancer
  • History of polyps or small bulging tissue in the colon or rectum

2. How to Screen for Colorectal Cancer

As we noted earlier, Adobe Care & Wellness is now piloting Biolabs new Fit Kit, Second Generation Fit. Utilizing new technology the new screening kits allow individuals to be tested for colorectal cancer at home by taking small feces sample. The kit is easy to use and returns results in 10 minutes. Removing the requirement of  a doctor’s office visit for screening or the need for a colonoscopy or other uncomfortable testing, makes screening easier and more accessible to patients. We are excited to integrate technology with healthcare prevention and ultimately help patients benefit from early detection, prevention and treatments.

3. What Are the Signs/Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer?

  • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
  • A change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool
  • Frequent abdominal discomfort such as cramps, pain, or gas
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Unexplained weight loss

Though symptoms can be present, many people with colon cancer display no symptoms in the early stages which is where regular screening comes in.

4. How Often to be Screened

It is recommended that adults aged 45 to 75 be screened annually for colorectal cancer. In individuals ages 76 to 85, the frequency of screening should be determined by your doctor and depends on a variety of risk factors.

5. Treatment of Colorectal Cancer

The good news is that colorectal cancer is treatable. The most common treatment method is surgery to remove the cancer. If this is not sufficient, a doctor may prescribe chemotherapy and/or radiation. 

Like many cancers, the survival rate is dependent completely on the stage that the cancer is found and how well a person responds to treatment. Screening for colorectal cancer is a lifesaving step to minimizing your risk. 

To learn more about Adobe Health & Wellness and other healthcare technology innovations the company uses to help its members live a healthier quality of life, let’s talk. 

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