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Health news and issues in the Ozarks.

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The most common form of cancer in the U.S. is skin cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  It’s estimated that more than three million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancers each year.

According to CoxHealth, identifying potential skin cancers and pre-cancers can keep the disease from spreading beyond control.

That’s why each year, the health system offers a chance for people 18 and older to be screened for free.  This year, the screening will be held on May 12.

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The training this weekend  is part of the national campaign, Stop the Bleed, which gained momentum after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut in 2012, according to Mercy Hospital Springfield.

"A bunch of the leaders in the nation got together and thought, 'how can we stop people from dying from preventable deaths with just some basic hemorrhage techniques for that life threatening bleeding situation?'" said Keith Schaefer, director of Trauma Services at Mercy Hospital Springfield.

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A local hospital is trying to get the word out:  don’t automatically resort to antibiotics each time you’re sick.

CoxHealth is putting up signs and printing brochures to get the word out.  Ryan Baker, the Ambulatory Care Director for CoxHealth, says taking antibiotics indiscriminately can cause a lot of pathogens to react in ways that can make therapies ineffective.

In other words, he says, nature finds a way to get around obstacles.

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  CoxHealth and Community Partnership of the Ozarks are implementing a new software system that will allow several different parties to team up in getting services to those in need. 

The software, called ServicePoint, will allow CoxHealth and CPO to refer patients and clients to other local agencies like Jordan Valley Community Health Center and the public health department. 

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A food drive in Southwest Missouri is aimed at making sure even those who can’t afford to buy healthy food can get it.

This is the sixth year for CoxHealth’s Pack the Pantry healthy food drive, and the health system is asking for the community’s help.

Glenda Miller, CoxHealth’s collaborative care coordinator and food drive organizer, says they want to “support those who need some extra help obtaining the food necessary for a heart-healthy diet.”

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