Rotary Blood Screening offers early detection

Debbie Orsburn, RN and Dr. Sue Long accept a $2000 contribution to Hearts and Hands from Rotarian president, Mary Dean, for their upcoming mission trip to Guatemala City.

BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon Rotary’s Spring Blood Screening events are just around the corner.  Health professionals recommend getting your blood checked every six months or a minimum of annually.  Did you know that regular blood screening can help with the early detection of several diseases? 

Dr. Sue Long told the group that blood screening is very important and can detect things like anemia, which is an early warning sign for colon cancer.  She said the recommended age for colon cancer screening has now been lowered to age 45.  “Fatty liver disease has now become the number one reason in America why people need a liver transplant.  It has now surpassed hepatitis C”, according to Dr. Long.  Diabetes is frequently discovered through routine screening as well.  These are just some of the many reasons you should get regular blood screening.

Buckhannon Rotary Blood Screening will be held on March 29 at the Senior Center 6:45 – 9:15 a.m.  Screenings will be conducted March 30 at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. as well as at Community Care in Rock Cave.  Additional screenings will be held again at those same locations on April 6.  Staff from St. Joseph’s Hospital will also be set up at the BUMS Blood Screening for a Health Fair on April 6, where they will offer a multitude of free tests for things like veins, bone density, glucose and oxygen level. 

The Rotary presented Hearts and Hands with a $2,000 donation towards their upcoming mission trip to Guatemala.  Dr. Sue Long will be part of the 38 person surgery and dental team that will be traveling to provide vital health services to those in need at Guatemala City.  She explained that people selected with cases from outlying villages will be bused into the city, where they will stay at a hostel, receive surgery from the mission team and then follow-up care to ensure that they are doing well, before being bused back to their village.

Dr. Long said the group has made mission trips to Belize for the past 18 years, but chose a new direction this year, largely due to the negative impact they experienced from Central American politics.  Hearts and Hands is now collaborating with Partner for Surgery, which is a non-governmental organization in Guatemala, that’s much more organized.  She stated, “We feel much better about the work we are doing in Guatemala because those people from the villages really need our help.”  Dr. Long said they will be taking a photographer along this year and promised to return to Rotary with a presentation when they get back.

Buckhannon Rotary will also be accepting applicants to award $500 scholarships for three Buckhannon-Upshur High School students who enroll in a vocational training program this year. 

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