News And Alerts For FamilyCare Medical Group

St. Joseph's Health Refresher Course

On March 4, FamilyCare Medical Group had a vendor table at the St. Joseph's Refresher course that is held each year.

Colorectal Initiative Update

Replay of March 1st Countdown to 2018 Broadcast from New York City Available

In case you missed it, the replay of our livestream kick off of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month from last week is now available, featuring many celebrity guests dedicated to the cause, including Katie Couric, Luke Perry, Craig Campbell, Jorge Bernal, Karen Walsh, Roma Torre, and Scott Lagasse, Jr. 


The early metrics of the event indicated that the event was viewed tens of thousands of times and had reach into the millions.  Congratulations to the planning committee and to the event hosts for a wonderful event:  Fight CRC, ACS, and NCCRT and to the event supporters: Stand Up To Cancer, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, the Mayo Clinic and Exact Sciences.  It was a true team effort, and we were grateful to have been a part of it.


New American Cancer Society Report on Colorectal Cancer Statistics

The ACS released a 2017 CRC report last week that found dramatic reductions in overall colorectal cancer incidence and mortality, but also striking disparities by age, race, and tumor subsite remain. That’s according to the latest publication of Colorectal Cancer Statistics and its companion publication, Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures, published every three years by the American Cancer Society.  CRC incidence rates continue to decline in people 50 and older, dropping by 32% just since 2000. This trend is thought to be largely a result of screening, which can prevent CRC by detecting and removing precancerous polyps. Incidence rates are dropping fastest in people ages 65 and older and for tumors located in the distal colon, while the drop is slowest for people ages 50 to 64 and for rectal tumors.  Among adults aged <50 years, CRC incidence rates increased by 22% from 2000 to 2013, driven solely by tumors in the distal colon and rectum.  Similar to incidence patterns, CRC death rates decreased by 34% in people 50 and over during 2000-2014 but increased by 13% in those under 50.

The article also highlighted National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data indicating that from 2013 to 2015, screening with any guideline-recommended test increased from 53% to 58% in those ages 50 to 64, from 65% to 68% in those 65 and older, and from 59% to 63% in both age groups combined. This rise, which follows a plateau in screening between 2010 to 2013, translates to an additional 3,785,600 adults (>50 years) screened in 2015. If screening prevalence remains at the 2015 rather than the 2013 level, an estimated 39,700 additional CRC cases and 37,200 deaths will be prevented through 2030.

Congratulations to Rebecca Siegel, Stacey Fedewa, Dennis Ahnen, Reinier Meester and the other authors!

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month starts today!

New JNCI Study Finds that CRC Rates have Risen Dramatically in Gen X and Millennials


A new study by American Cancer Society researchers, appearing in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute,finds colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence rates are rising in young and middle-aged adults, including people in their early 50s, with rectal cancer rates increasing particularly fast. As a result, 3 in 10 rectal cancer diagnoses are now in patients younger than age 55. Many thanks to Rebecca Siegel, Stacey Fedewa and the other authors for their work on this study.  Here are some early reflections on the findings and the implications for our work:


New study findings

  • Today ACS researchers published new findings in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that take a deeper look at rising colorectal cancer incidence among adults under age 55, even as the overall incidence of colorectal cancer in the US has been declining.

  • Notably, the ACS researchers found that the risk of colorectal cancer has increased for every generation born since the 1950, for reasons we don’t yet fully understand, which makes this observation a high priority for further research. 

  • The rising rates in adults under age 50 is a concern because organizations only recommend screening in average risk adults age 50 and older, so we must act with urgency to understand and reverse this trend, as well as respond to the rising burden of disease in adults under age 50.


    Implications of these new findings

  • While the 80% by 2018 goal is focused on increasing screening in the 50 and older population, the spirit of the effort is that we save as many lives as we can from CRC and work strategically do reverse this trend in the under 50 as well.

  • The study raises the question whether there should be a change in guidelines to begin screening at a younger age. Without question, organizations that develop guidelines will be looking at these data closely to see if guidelines should be modified to address this trend.


    There are things we can do now

  • The ACS and the NCCRT are working to improve how we act on a family history of the disease.   Taking a proper family history, and updating it regularly can help identify adults who are at high risk and who may need to be screened at a younger age. Additionally, when a young adult is diagnosed with colorectal cancer, other family members should be alerted that they may be at higher risk.  See this NCCRT brief that focuses on identifying high risk patients and families in practice.

  • Further, we can do more to educate the population and clinicians that symptoms of colorectal cancer, such as blood in the stool or a persistent change in bowel habits, need to receive a proper diagnostic work up, including for those under 50, so there is not a dangerous delay of diagnosis.

  • Finally, rising incidence rates in adults under age 55 are a reminder to health care providers and adults to take seriously the consensus among all current colorectal cancer screening guidelines to begin screening at age 50. Don’t put it off.

Local Primary Care Physician Wins Anita Award

The 2016 Anita Award winner is David Simon, MD, who is a primary care internal medicine physician with FamilyCare Medical Group at SUNY Upstate Hospital Community Campus.  Dr. Simon was trained at the New York University School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Medicine.  Marie Whitham, who lost her father in April 2016, nominated Dr. Simon for his "unwavering care and compassion".  William Whitman was a long time patient of Dr. Simon Ms. Whitman said, "while dad was only on hospice care for two weeks, Dr. Simon stayed with him and us every step of the way.  He helped us make decisions that were difficult, but we're in the best interest of keeping my dad comfortable."

Hospice of Central New York seeks public nominations for the annual Anita Award, which recognizes a local physician for excellence in the care of patients with an incurable illness.  The Anita Award was established at Hospice in 1998 by friends and family in memory of Anita Stockman.  Its purpose is to heighten awareness of the importance of physician communication and support to patients and their families facing life-threatening illness and to promote this understanding amongst physicians in training.  The award is presented to a physician who is attentive to his/her patients, who communicates openly, honestly and sensitively, who respects patient decisions and remains actively involved with the patient in his/her final journey.

Dr. David Reed, assistant medical director of Hospice CNY presented Dr. David Simon with the Anita Award on January 27.

FamilyCare of Cicero Welcomes New Physician

FamilyCare Medical Group, P.C. is pleased to announce to the local professional medical community that Joy Commisso, MD, MPH will be joining FamilyCare of Cicero in January 2017.  Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Commisso provides expertise in treating both children and adults of all ages with services including: well and sick visits, immunizations, preventive health care and much more.  For more information about scheduling an appointment with Dr. Commisso, please call the office at (315) 698-0290.

FamilyCare Medical Group Welcomes New Physicians

FamilyCare Medical Group has two new physicians joining the group in September.  Sean Bresnahan, DO will be joining Brighton Medical Associates at 182 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse and Mary Geiss, DO will be joining Jordan Elbridge Medical Center at 5566 Jordan Rd, Elbridge.  Both of these highly skilled physicians are recent graduates of the St. Joseph's Hospital Residency Program.