Feature of the Month - January 2015

Cancer Screening

Preventive screenings are a cost effective way to identify and treat potential health problems before they get worse.  Based on scientific review, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force develops recommendations and assigns a letter grade to each preventive service.  Services with grade A and B are recommended.

Note:    Grade A = high certainty that the net benefit is substantial. 
              Grade B = high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate
                                 certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.





Women, Age 50-74 Years

Biennial screening mammography for women 50-74 years. (B)

   Women who have Family Members with Breast, Ovarian, Tubal, or Peritoneal Cancer

Primary care providers screen women who have family members with breast, ovarian, tubal, or peritoneal cancer with 1 of several screening tools designed to identify a family history that may be associated with an increased risk for potentially harmful mutations in breast cancer susceptibility genes (BRCA1 or BRCA2).  Women with positive screening results should receive genetic counseling and, if indicated after counseling, BRCA testing. (B)


Women 21 to 65
(Pap Smear) or
30-65 (in combo
with HPV testing)

Screening for cervical cancer in women age 21 to 65 years with cytology (Pap smear) every 3 years or, for women age 30 to 65 years who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a combination of cytology and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every 5 years.  There are clinical considerations for discussion of cytology method, HPV testing, and screening interval. (A)


Adults, beginning
at age 50 years
and continuing until age 75 years

Screening for colorectal cancer using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy in adults, beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years.  The risks and benefits of these screening methods vary. (A)


Adults Aged 55-80, with a History of Smoking

Annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.  Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery. (B)

For a complete list of preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, visit  www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/

Get Screened in 2015

Make small changes in 2015.  Western Maryland Health System and Make Healthy Choices Easy will post a "Weekly Wellness Booster” on their Facebook page and website, to motivate and challenge you. By simply commenting or sharing a picture below each post, you will be entered into a monthly drawing for a $25 gift card. You can also email your wellness experience to cmoffatt@wmhs.com or share it by calling 240-964-8424.

BONUS: The comment or picture that gets the most likes on the WMHS or Make Healthy Choices Easy Facebook pages each month will receive a $25 gift card!


Support is available at all levels

Free Health and Wellness Coaching 
Meet with a Certified Health & Wellness coach to move beyond your barriers to identify your unique needs and goals.  For more information, call Carey Moffatt at 240-964-8418. 
Change to Win- Nutrition and Weight Loss Program 
Non-diet nutrition and weight loss classes meeting once weekly. Call Theresa Stahl, RDN, LDN, Outpatient Community Dietitian, at 240-964-8416 for more information.
Center for Clinical Resources
If you have diabetes, the team at the WMHS Center for Clinical Resources can be your partner in keeping diabetes under control and living life to the fullest.  The team can show you how to monitor your blood sugar, teach you how to make dietary and lifestyle changes to control your diabetes, help manage your medication, and provide encouragement and motivation along the way.  For more information about what the team can do for you, talk with your primary care provider or call the Center at 240-964-8787.

Free Diabetes Support Group 
Come share your experience and learn tips for managing the disease.  Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the WMRMC auditorium.  For more information, call Lori Shaulis at 240-964-8789. 

What’s your Blood Pressure?
Free Blood Pressure Checks are available

Cumberland Country Club Mall – Food Court
1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month 8-9 a.m.

Outside the Cafeteria WMRMC
1st Pay Day Thursday of Month 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

For other options, call WMHS Community Health & Wellness at 240-964-8424