Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), is hosting educational events for the preventative services offered at their Health Centers to increase public awareness and provide screenings. The events will be held on Monday, March 18th at the Toms River Health Center, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Little Egg Harbor Health Center on Wednesday, March 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; and the Lakewood Health Center, Friday, March 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In order to help raise awareness to this disease, OHI will have information regarding colorectal cancer and the importance for screenings for this cancer. The Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is a noninvasive test that screens for hidden blood in the stool which can be an early sign for cancer.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Cancer Society, both men and women 45 years and older should get regular screenings for this highly preventable cancer. Colorectal cancer, one of the most common cancers in the United States, is the second leading cause of death in the U.S.
“It is very important to make our patients and the community aware of what screening resources are available to them,” says Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, Chief Medical Officer at OHI, “Knowing when to get checked for a disease can go a long way towards helping prevent complications down the road and maintain a healthy life style.”
Additional preventative services information will include Lung Cancer Screenings, Cervical Cancer and Nutrition.
For more information, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at 732-719-1570. For more information about OHI services or to make an appointment, please visit our website at www.ohinj.org.