March 2009 Health eNewsletter 

Understanding Colorectal Cancer
March is an important month to reflect on a disease that affects almost 150,000 newly diagnosed people in the U.S. each year - colorectal cancer.
While anyone can get colorectal cancer, there are several factors that may affect a person's likelihood of developing the disease. Some of these factors include family history, aging, diet, lack of exercise and obesity.
Statistics show that the risks for colorectal cancer can be reduced through early detection, and the key to that is timely screenings. 

Free Colorectal Cancer Take-Home Screening Kit
Not counting skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in the U.S. But thanks to colorectal cancer screening, polyps can be found and removed before they turn into cancer. Call 800-681-2733 for your free home screening kit. 

It's Not Too Late to Start Caring for Your Bones
Osteoporosis is a silent disease that can rob some women of up to 20 percent of their bone mass in the five to seven years following menopause. But you can take steps to detect and treat this condition early. Join us for a free bone density preventive screening on March 28.

Improving Your Experience in the ER
Our Emergency Department's goal is for patients to see a health care professional in 30 minutes or less from the time of arrival. In fact, most patients with minor medical emergencies are treated in the ER's ExpressCare unit in 67 minutes from arrival to discharge.*
* Average turnaround time from arrival to discharge for ExpressCare in the Emergency Department for January to December 2008.

Managing Lymphedema after Breast Cancer
Many women who battle breast cancer face yet another fight to regain their health - lymphedema, or swelling in the arm. Our comprehensive lymphedema management program helps relieve the pain and swelling associated with lymphedema.

Giving Back to the Community 
Interested in meeting new people and giving back to the community? Then join the Volunteer Auxiliary at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital! The Volunteer Auxiliary is committed to serving the needs of the community. To apply, call 281-897-3186 or visit us online.