According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States. If detected early, however, it is one of the most curable cancers.
Individuals ages 50 and older are at particular risk of developing colorectal cancer. Other risk factors include tobacco use, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, as well as a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or benign (not cancerous) colorectal polyps, inflammatory bowel disease and inherited colorectal cancer.
During the month of March, Lake Regional provides free colorectal screening kits to members of the community.
To request your free home colorectal cancer screening kit, email your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 573-302-2738.
PLEASE NOTE: A home screening kit (fecal occult blood test) checks for colorectal cancer, but is never used to diagnose this condition. If your home test detects blood in your stool, call your primary care physician to schedule an appointment for further testing. If blood is not detected, you still are advised to follow routine screening guidelines. For more information on colorectal cancer and screening options, talk with your primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care physician, click here to view a list of physicians in your area.