For HHC, expanding life-saving screenings is a cornerstone of the strategy to intervene early and aggressively in the treatment of disease.
Early detection of cancer continues to be a top priority. Last year, HHC facilities performed more than 93,000 mammograms and 150,000 cervical cancer screenings. Hundreds of pre-cancerous polyps were removed by performing four times as many colonoscopies as had been done just two years before. Since breast, cervical, and colon cancer are all highly treatable if detected early, this major cancer screening outreach has had a powerful impact on the lives of New Yorkers.
AIDS continues to be the third leading cause of death for people under age 65 in New York City, and early detection is crucial, both in terms of treatment and in preventing additional infection. HHC now takes the position that everyone-including women, seniors, and teens-should know his or her HIV status, and has incorporated the HIV Rapid Test into regular preventive care. Routine HIV testing has expanded beyond the prenatal and HIV clinics, and is reaching patients who come in for broken bones, a flu shot and other outpatient services. Learn more about HHC's record in providing HIV testing for all New Yorkers.
Diabetes, the fastest growing disease in the world, has reached epidemic proportions in New York City. Through free screenings, and increased attention to early diabetes detection in clinical visits, HHC is able to treat patients earlier in the disease cycle and now is helping a community of 58,000 diabetics to get healthy. HHC has also developed an online Diabetes Wellness Center where patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes can visit regularly to get tips for successful health management.
Clinical depression-suffered by more than 19 million Americans in any given year-is also overrepresented in HHC's patient population. In recognition of National Depression Screening Day, HHC offered free, confidential screenings for depression and related illnesses including bipolar disorder, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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