Archbold Teams Up to Fight Cancer

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Archbold Teams Up to Fight Cancer—More than 200 Screened for Disease

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cancer screenings enable doctors to catch cancer in the early stages when the disease is most treatable.

But many men and women postpone cancer screenings—such as mammograms and prostate exams—for a variety of reasons.

According to the American Cancer Society, reasons include embarrassment, medical expense and fear of what the doctor may find.

But for screening participant Desiré Stokes, a speech language pathologist at Scott Elementary School in Thomasville, it was convenience that was a factor.

“I don’t usually make time for check-ups like I should,” admitted Stokes. “I understand the importance, though, and when I learned about Archbold’s screenings, the time was convenient for me, so I took advantage of the opportunity.”

Stokes, along with more than 200 other participants registered for Archbold’s Health Affair, a free community cancer screening event held on Thursday, October 18.

Archbold’s Women’s Center and Singletary Oncology Center hosted the event, and more than 100 area physicians, nurses and other clinicians screened patients for prostate, breast, oral, skin and cervical cancer. Patients also received analysis of blood for risk factors associated with cancer and other diseases.

 “Studies show that detecting cancer in its earliest stages, before symptoms appear, may decrease the chance of dying from the disease,” said Brian Gaupp, MD, medical oncologist at Archbold’s Singletary Oncology Center. “Screenings are one way to do that.”

“Archbold offers health screenings free of charge as part of the hospital’s Community Benefit commitment, an organizational Core Value focused on improving the lives in our community that we serve,” said Almeda Simpson, assistant vice president for clinical outreach.

Stokes took advantage of the free skin cancer screening at the Health Affair.

“I’d noticed a suspicious mole, and I just hadn’t taken the time to have it checked,” said Stokes. “It was a relief to hear from the doctor that everything looked okay at this point, and that follow-up care would not be needed.”

Many participants like Stokes received peace of mind from the professionals performing the exams, but it’s very common that an Archbold screening participant is made aware of a chronic condition that may have otherwise been diagnosed too late or not diagnosed at all.

“Early detection is often the key to successful treatment of chronic diseases,” said Simpson. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of the free screenings offered regularly, even if you aren’t experiencing any warning signs of cancer or cardiovascular disease.”