DFD Raising Awareness: Colorectal Cancer

Did you know that 1 in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths, but if caught early it’s treatable and can even be curable. Some symptoms of colorectal cancer can include:

  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool that lasts for more than a few days
  • A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by having one
  • Rectal bleeding and blood in the stool, which may make the stool look dark
  • Cramping or abdominal pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss

These symptoms could be caused by something other than colorectal cancer, but if you’re experiencing any or all of these, talk to your doctor.

Regular screening saves lives. DFD offers InSure FIT testing. A non-invasive test completed in the privacy of your own home to catch colorectal cancer quickly.

Nearly 75% of all colon cancer cases could be prevented with healthy lifestyles. Lower your risk by following the tips below:

  • Quit smoking
  • Exercise daily
  • Reduce consumption of red and processed meat
  • Get enough calcium and Vitamin D

Responsible Prescribing

DFD is working to keep our community safe.

DFD has been diligently managing the opioid crisis, leading the medical community in responsible prescribing. By taking proactive steps we are able to achieve goals of ensuring responsible, safe, and effective prescribing of powerful pain medications (when truly necessary and if other measures fail). We want to keep our community safe, while at the same time treating patients in need of pain management with comprehensive measures to help improve their function and quality of life.

Steps we have taken include:

  • Additional training in pain management strategies
  • Expansion of behavioral health-oriented pain management techniques
  • Stronger relationships with physical therapy partners
  • Enhanced risk-oriented monitoring programs

There is always room for growth and improvement, but with these changes, we continue to lead the medical community in responsible prescribing.

Put a Little Love into Your Heart Health

February is heart month, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be raising awareness all the time about heart health. Did you know?

Heart disease is responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States each year.

Heart disease is more deadly than all cancers combined.

45% of heart attack victims are under the age of 45.

1 in 5 Americans will develop heart failure.

Each year, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have their first heart attack.

DFD is committed to stopping heart disease before it starts. By emphasizing preventative care, we’re here every step of the way to get your heart happy and healthy. Below are steps you can take every day to lower your risk for heart disease:

  • Know and control your numbers: blood pressure (BP), cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI).
  • Quit smoking: quitting is the best thing you can do for your health. DFD offers a smoking cessation program to provide support and resources to help you kick the habit for good.
  • Get active: just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day can lower your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
  • Manage stress: take 15-30 minutes of personal time each day. Understand stress triggers, and learn how to respond at home and at work.
  • Choose good nutrition: a healthy diet is one of the best weapons you have to fight heart disease. Your diet should emphasize fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and should limit sugar and salt.

By taking these steps each day, we can change the stats of heart disease.

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Join us in learning new ways to save money and eat healthy!

Starting Wednesday, March 8, we’ll be hosting educational classes where you can try and prepare new tasty recipes, take home prizes, and learn useful new information. 

The class is open to all DFD Russell Medical Center patients and families and will be held on the second Wednesday of each month from 4 pm – 5 pm. Classes will be located in the conference room in the basement of the Leeds DFD Russell Medical Center at 180 Church Hill Road, Leeds, ME. 

To learn more about SNAP-ED click here: https://www.mainesnap-ed.org/

Make 2017 Your Healthiest Year Yet!

Follow the tips below to get and stay on the track to good health.

Manage Stress: Balance work, home, and play. Get support from family and friends and try to keep a relaxed and positive outlook. Engaging in healthy activities and getting the right care can put problems in perspective and ease stress.

Get Regular Check-Ups: Schedule regular check-ups to help find problems before they start or early enough for treatment and cure.

Stay Active: Find fun ways to stay active–like dancing–for at least 2 1/2 hours each week. It is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

DFD Russell Medical Centers Hold Helpful Health Care Enrollment Q&A

DFD Russell Medical Centers (DFD) will be holding a series of three outreach events to assist the public with questions regarding Healthcare Marketplace coverage and enrollment options. An outreach event will be held at each one of DFD’s medical centers, which include Monmouth, Turner and Leeds. All events are free and open to the public and will be held in mid- to late- January before the January 31 open enrollment deadline.

These small, informal events will review Marketplace basics and offer answers to questions regarding specific plans or assist with enrollment. Pre-registration is required. Those interested in attending should call DFD at (207)524-4010.

“January 31, 2017, is the last day of the annual open enrollment for Healthcare Marketplace coverage,” said Tia Knapp, Community Health & Outreach Worker at DFD Russell Medical Centers. “It’s important that DFD is available to assist any community members who may have questions or need help enrolling.”

DFD Russell Medical Center Health Care Q&As

January 17, 2017 – Monmouth

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 11 Academy Road, Monmouth

January 23, 2017- Turner

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 7 So. Main Street, Turner


January 24, 2017 – Leeds

*Canceled due to weather*

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 180 Church Hill Road, Suite 1, Leeds


In attendance at each of the events will be outreach representatives from major insurance companies operating within the state, including Community Health Options, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Harvard Pilgrim. DFD’s own Community Healthcare Outreach Workers (CHOW) will also be on hand to offer appointments for enrollment services, such as helping patients and community members to enroll and analyze plan options.

Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.

This holiday season, put safety at the top of your list when it comes to gift giving. Did you know that there are more than 250,000 toy-related injuries in hospital emergency rooms each year? When purchasing toys look for the letters “ASTM” (American Society for Testing and Materials). This designation means the product meets the national safety standards set by ASTM International.

Follow these toy safety tips to ensure your children’s and family’s safety.

  • Read all warnings and instructions on packaging.
  • Always supervise children, and demonstrate how to use their toys safely.
  • Make sure your child’s toys are safe. The Consumer Products Safety Commission provides a list of recalled toys with photos and descriptions on their website: cpsc.gov/

New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate, and we’re here to help you celebrate safely!

Follow our guide to a safe New Year’s celebration:

  • Drink in moderation.
  • Have a designated driver.
  • Celebrate with friends – don’t go out alone.
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with water.
  • Eat before you drink, and snack while you drink.

Thank you all for a wonderful year. We wish you the happiest of holidays and all the best for a happy, healthy 2017.