Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer, for short. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. If everybody age 50 or older had regular screening tests, at least one-third of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. So if you are 50 or older, start screening now.

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SVMC Provides Safe Arms for Local Babies

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's (SVMC) Women's and Children's Services (WCS) has a program meant to help newborns whose mothers are using Subutex to manage an opioid dependence (an addiction to opioid drugs including heroin and narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin or Vicodin).

Called the Safe Arms Program,  the program began in June of 2010 and provides the mother-to-be, the baby's father, and their families with education and support for how to handle a newborn who may go through opioid withdrawal after birth.

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