A downwinders clinic is scheduled to come to Richfield this July.
The stop will be the only one in Richfield in 2019.
Organizers are now making appointments for new and returning patients. The Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program from Dixie Regional Medical Center will be bringing their screening clinic to Richfield tentatively Friday, July 19, at Sevier Valley Hospital’s second floor outpatient clinic.
This may be changed to July 25 and 26 depending on the number of appointments requested.
The clinic provides a free cancer screening physical and gives education that is necessary to help downwinders understand their risk for cancer after being exposed to the atmospheric radiation from the Nevada Test Site.
If a person qualifies as a downwinder, they are eligible for a full cancer screening physical and if diagnosed with a compensable cancer, a one-time compassionate award from the government.
“Getting screened is equally as important as getting compensation for the disease,” said Carolyn Rasmussen, RN and case manager. “When a patient has cancer and qualifies for compensation, we have the application and knowledge to help them through the process for free.”
RESEP was established by the Federal Government to aid thousands of individuals potentially affected by the nuclear testing. These individuals are at a greater risk for leukemia, lymphoma, breast, thyroid and other cancers; a total of 19 cancers in all. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, RESEP provides free cancer screening physicals, follow-up services and referrals to the appropriate physicians as needed.
“This will be the only time we come to this area in 2019 and we want to see as many local residents that qualify for the program as we can,” said Becky Barlow, nurse practitioner and program director. “Downwinders can’t change their radiation exposure history, but they can be proactive, get screened and get diagnosed early if a cancer is there. Early detection can make all the difference in overall survival. We encourage you to call now as appointments will be limited and they will go fast.”
Eligibility to be seen at the RESEP clinic includes –
• Downwinders – Those who lived in Washington, Iron, Kane, Beaver, Millard, Piute, San Juan, Sevier, Wayne or Garfield counties in Utah; Eureka, Lander, Lincoln, Nye, White Pine or northeast Clark counties in Nevada; and northern Mohave, Coconino, Apache, Gila, Navajo and Yavapai counties in Arizona for at least one year from 1951 to 1958 or the month of July 1962 during the nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site.
• Nevada Test Site workers – Those who worked on-site at the Nevada, Pacific, Trinity and South Atlantic nuclear test facilities during an atmospheric detonation.
• Uranium industry workers – Those who were miners, ore transporters or millers of uranium for at least one year – from 1942 to 1971. Uranium workers will need to come to the St. George clinic, as they require specialized testing.
For more information and/or to schedule an appointment for July call (435) 251-4760.