Spring 2019 Medicare Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the newest issue of Health Matters. Spring has sprung and the temperatures are starting to warm up. In this issue of Health Matters, we are highlighting the importance of colorectal cancer screenings, new programs recently put in place to help you live a healthier life, as well as information about skin cancer and how to identify it. We also included information about strokes and better hearing and speech month. This issue’s recipe is a berry sweet treat, perfect for a picnic with the family. If you ever have any questions, please call Member Services at 1-844-282-3026 or visit christushealthplan.org. Nothing means more to us than knowing we’ve helped make our members’ lives better. That’s why we’re so thankful that you’ve trusted us with your health care coverage.

In good health,

Nancy Horstmann
Chief Executive Officer
CHRISTUS Health Plan

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Did you know? Physicians recommend certain screening tests for healthy people with no symptoms in order to detect colon cancer early. Screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. Finding colon cancer at its earliest stage provides the greatest chance for a cure.
Several screening options exist — each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Different
screening options include Colonoscopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Computed Tomography (CT) Colonography, Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), FIT DNA (i.e., Cologuard®). If a colonoscopy is used for screening, polyps can be removed during the procedure before they turn into cancer. Please speak with your provider to see which option is best for you. Together you can decide which tests are appropriate for you.

Although colorectal cancer can present without symptoms, there are some symptoms to be aware of:

  • A change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation, or a change in the consistency of your stool, that lasts longer than 4 weeks
  • Rectal bleeding, or blood in your stool
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas, or pain
  • A feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss

Speak with your provider today about scheduling your screening.

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