Prevention and Early Detection
Certain cancer-fighting foods and other healthy habits can dramatically lower your cancer risk. Small changes to life style and dietary modification are important approaches to cancer prevention.
Yampa Valley Medical Center offers free seminars to the public, including topics on lower your risk for cancer and current trends and treatment for different cancer types. See the Event Calendar for upcoming dates and times.
Cancer affects many aspects of a person’s life. YVMC empowers patients with education and holistic expertise to help them better navigate their journey through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The Whole Person Wellness program provides monthly presentations by YVMC professionals about therapies and tools that can strengthen the healing process. One-hour talks focus on topics such as yoga, nutrition, acupuncture, meditation, journaling and how to cope with emotional ups and downs. The program can help connect patients to excellent therapy and support programs at YVMC and to other patients facing similar challenges.
Genetic Counseling and Testing
Yampa Valley Medical Center is pleased to offer genetic counseling to patients diagnosed with cancer and individuals at high risk for developing certain types of cancer. Genetic counselor Barbara Hamlington of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers is specially trained to identify hereditary causes of cancer and help patients understand how that could influence their medical management. She provides genetic counseling at YVMC on a quarterly basis. Talk to your doctor if you think you may be a good candidate for the service. Or call 970-870-1047 to request an appointment.
We take your heath seriously, so we're always looking for ways to help you learn more about modern medicine and your specific health concerns. Yampa Valley Medical Center offers an award-winning online Health Library, allowing you to better manage your health and care with a credible and complete collection of health and wellness content. Check out our Health Library, see what screening exams you should be considering with My CheckUps or use our Health Navigator to locate information on specific symptoms, injuries or diseases.
Community Outreach and Support
Throughout 2012, more than 1,000 people participated in various prevention, education
and screening programs. Additionally, more than 120 physicians participated in corresponding clinical education programs.
Resources and Recommendations
Knowledge is truly powerful. It can be very difficult to take everything in when a person is first diagnosed. Our Patient Navigation Program is the starting place for patients in their journey to fight cancer. Our dedicated Nurse Navigator and Women's Imaging Coordinator are your personal guides to local and national recources. Our Community Health Resource Center is available to conduct personalized online searches our use the YVMC online Health Library. Additional online resources are available.
YVMC publishes Taking Charge - A Resource for those living with Cancer newsletter. Click here for the following issues. February 2013
Cancer prevention starts with making small changes to your lifestyle and getting recommended cancer screening tests at the right time. Cancer screenings, such as mammography and breast examination for breast cancer and colonoscopy for colon cancer, may help catch these cancers at their early stages when they are most treatable. Use the YVMC MyCheckups to determine the exams recommended for your gender and age.