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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
"Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If everyone who is 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided" -Centers for Disease Control

Why are screenings important?
The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age. Over 90% of cases of colorectal cancer occur in individuals 50 years old or older, which is why early screenings are important. According to The Centers for Disease Control, colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps. Precancerous polyps are abnormal growths found in the colon or rectum.Colonoscopies can find precancerous polyps, allowing them to be removed before they turn cancerous. Colorectal cancer can also be detected during colonoscopies, leading to early treatment.

Incidence in 2012
The following are the American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for colorectal cancer in the United States in 2012:
Risk factors of Colorectal Cancer
According to The American Cancer Society, several risk factors have been found by researchers that may increase a person's chance of developing colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer. Although not all risk factors can be prevented, it is important to be aware of how lifestyle can help prevent colorectal cancer:

3 Apps That Will Help You Sleep Better
Catch up on your zzzs this weekend by trying out these sleep-inducing apps. By Melissa Romero

There's nothing better than getting a good night's rest. But in this high-stress, high-power city, it can be pretty tough to actually get yourself to fall asleep. Fortunately, these apps for your smartphone are here to help.

1. Proactive Sleep
This popular app not only tracks your sleeping pattern, but it also helps pinpoint certain behaviors that might be preventing you from getting enough sleep. By keeping a daily sleep diary, you're able to keep track of how much sleep you get every day, how difficult it was for you to fall asleep, and your average bedtime and sleep amount.
The app also asks you to track your daily habits, including exercise, diet, productivity, mood, caffeine intake, and medication use-all behaviors that sleep clinicians typically ask patients to track. As a bonus, there's a selection of sounds that will help you fall asleep, such as crickets chirping or wind howling.
Available for: iPhone and Android Price: $0.99

2. Sleep Cycle
For more ways technology is taking over, look no further than the Sleep Cycle bio-alarm clock. By placing your iPhone by your head on your bed, the app is able to monitor your movement and wake you up when you are in your lightest sleeping phase. Another cool feature: It provides a graph that plots when you were awake, dreaming, or in a deep sleep during the night. Worried it may wake you up too late if you're in a deep sleep? No worries-Sleep Cycle will go off within a 30-minute window of your set time. Users should note that the app may take a couple of days to adjust to your body and sleeping patterns.
Available for: iPhone. For Androids, try a similiar app called Sleep as Android.
Price: $0.99

3. Pzizz Sleep
It's all about the sounds with this app. Sure, it'll set you back $10, but most reviews have said Pzizz Sleep is totally worth the investment. It allows you to choose from thousands of ambient sounds and adjust the length, volume, and voice. The app then mixes all of the sounds in various ways-Pzizz will never play the same soundtrack. According to the company, it's "like getting a new relaxation CD or guided sleep track every day for the rest of your life." There's also a lite version for $1.99, but users have complained about its lack of choices.
Available for: iPhone and Android Price: $9.99

This article can be found in The Washingtonian Well-Being section.


The EHS Difference
We are a distinctive primary care office and Executive Physical center founded on traditional family medicine values, caring for a limited number of individuals and families through a fee-based membership practice (concierge-style practice). This uniquely low ratio of patients per doctor, allows very personalized, proactive care by the doctors and staff alike. Our entire staff's focus is on the coordination and implementation of care plans, for both acute and chronic issues, as well as prevention.

EHS offers individuals, families and our partner-companies' key employees the synergy of an exceptional medical care and Executive Physicals along with the even more important, 24-7-365 personalized care and follow-up necessary for optimization of one's health.

Through our healthcare-concierge services and personalized care, we make healthcare convenient and hassle free for our clients. We are your partner in decision making as well as your medical advocate. The EHS care model provides the medical care you need and the peace of mind you deserve in today's fragmented, impersonal health care system.

For our corporate partners, this results not only in better health for their key employees, but improved productivity (reduced absenteeism and presenteeism), improved recruitment and retention, and a proven positive return on investment.

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