The YKHC endoscopy team completed another Subregional Clinic (SRC) road trip, this time to Hooper Bay. Operating Room Manager Glen Jorgensen, RN, said, “It was our most productive endoscopy clinic to date. We saw 32 patients in four days.”
The team arrived in Hooper Bay on Monday, April 23 and returned to Bethel on Saturday the 29th with 72 specimens for the pathologist to examine. endoscopy team leader Tim Self, RN, said, “Here in the YK Delta our rate of patients with polyps or precancerous growth is 85 to 90 percent, while the national average is only 20 percent. It is vital for us to perform as many colon screenings as possible while on the ground in every SRC we visit.”
Colon cancer has now passed lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer-related death in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region. Tim Self reiterated, “Like most problems, colon cancer starts small and if polyps go undetected and untreated or removed, they can become a very big problem later. Through screening we can remove polyps or precancerous growths when they are small thus preventing the development of colon cancer.”
Please contact your local health provider to request a referral, especially if you are at risk, over the age of 50, or have questions to find out if you need to be screened.