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Designate your State Tax Dollars to Support our Vital Hospitals

When you contribute to Tift Regional Medical Center and/or Cook Medical Center through the Georgia HEART program, you’ll be making a difference in the lives of rural Georgians and you will also receive a 100% state tax credit. Now there’s even more incentive to support our mission! Individuals, married couples filing jointly, and c-corporations are all eligible for Georgia HEART state tax credits. Visit www.TiftRegional.com/TaxCredit or www.GeorgiaHeart.org for more information.

 

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Stay Healthy & Safe this Holiday Season

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Affinity Clinic! Holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks and relax with family and friends. They are also a time when it is especially important to keep a watchful eye on health and safety. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so don’t let an illness, injury or accident keep you from celebrating a happy, healthy holiday season with loved ones. Check out our health and safety tips, which are designed to help you keep the season bright. Click here to read more. 

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Announcements

New Policy Regarding Late Arrivals for Appointments

Please note: starting Jan. 2, 2019, Affinity Clinic patients who arrive more than 15 minutes late for appointments may be asked to reschedule unless they want to wait for a cancellation or see if the provider can work them in to the schedule. Thank you for your understanding.

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Blog

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 1, 2019 by Molly Huff

Did you know that colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States? Colorectal cancer affects people from all ethnic and racial backgrounds and is most often found in people age 50 and up. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and Affinity Health Clinic would like to give you some information on prevention and early detection. If you feel you need to see one of the gastroenterologists at Affinity or if it is time for your scheduled screening, please contact us and our Affinity Gastroenterology department. 

Colorectal Cancer Prevention:

  • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes, at least five days a week.
  • Maintain healthy weight.
  • Don't smoke. If you do smoke, quit now.
  • If you drink alcohol, have no more than one drink per day if you're a woman or two drinks a day if you're a man.
  • Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Eat less red meat and cut out processed meat.

Colorectal Cancer Early Detection - If you're at average risk for colorectal cancer, start your screenings at age 50. If you're at higher risk (due to family history, lifestyle or other factors), you may need to start regular screenings at an earlier age. If you're older than 75, ask your doctor if you should continue to be screened. The best time to get screened is before you have any symptoms.

Tests that find pre-cancer and cancer:

  • Colonoscopy - Every 10 years
  • Virtual colonoscopy - Every 5 years
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy - Every 5 years
  • Double-contrast barium enema - Every 5 years

Tests that mainly find cancer:

  • Stool occult blood test (FOBT) - Every year
  • Stool immunochemical test (FIT) - Every year
  • Stool DNA test (sDNA) - Ask your health care professional because technology is evolving.

Early stages of colorectal cancer don't usually have symptoms, so stay on top of your scheduled screenings. Affinity's gastroenterologists perform all colorectal cancer screenings and you can make an appointment with us today. The chances of beating colorectal cancer when finding it in Stage 1 are 74%. Know the facts and stay healthy!

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Affinity Clinic, a multi-specialty clinic, provides adult and pediatric patients across South Georgia with medical care in a variety of areas including Cardiology, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatric & Adolescent MedicinePulmonary Medicine & Critical Care, and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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