The Portsmouth Health Department is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving a healthy and safe community.
For reporting a public health emergency, such as a reportable disease or environmental public health hazard, after normal business hours, on holidays or weekends, please contact 866-531-3068
Volunteer for the Portsmouth Health District MRC
PHDMRC volunteers support local public health initiatives and emergency response. There are roles for both medical and non-medical volunteers. Participate in mass prophylaxis and vaccinations exercises and community disaster drills. Train with local emergency response partners. To volunteer: visit www.vamrc.org
Colorectal Cancer is Preventable. Screening Saves Lives. City of Portsmouth has the highest percentage of people being diagnosis with colorectal cancer in the Hampton Roads region.
Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening testsScreening tests can find precancerous polyps, so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.
Regular screening, beginning at age 50, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for colorectal cancer using high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years.
You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, then continue getting screened at regular intervals. However, you may need to be tested earlier than 50 or more often than other people if—
Speak with your doctor about when you should begin screening and how often you should be tested.
Need health coverage? The Health Insurance Marketplace gives you a clear picture of what you’ll pay and what you’ll get before you make a choice. Visit www.healthcare.gov to learn more.
Wondering what the Health Insurance Marketplace is all about? Check out this simple video that explains what it can do for you.
For more information, visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov
To speak to a person at a 24-hours-a-day consumer call center, call:
1-800-318-2596 ( 1-855-889-4325 TTY/TDD)
For additional resources (background materials, slides, trainings, talking points, drop-in articles, badges, infographics, Spanish and other language materials), visit:http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/get-official-resources.html