Ephraim offering free screening kits for colorectal cancer

Published 12:21 pm Thursday, March 7, 2019

DANVILLE – Colon cancer is a preventable disease, but it is the third leading cancer killer in the United States. It doesn’t have to be! Nine out of 10 colon cancer cases may be prevented or cured with regular screenings.

Ephraim McDowell Health Community Services, with the support of the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation, is working to raise awareness that regular screenings can detect cancer in its early stages, when it is the most treatable. While a colonoscopy and/or sigmoidoscopy is the most accurate way to diagnose colon cancer, regular screening of the feces (stool) may indicate further need for diagnostic testing.

Ephraim McDowell Health will offer free, take-home colon cancer screening kits in March, which is observed as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The screening kits are available for anyone over the age of 50 who has not had a screening in the last 12 months. The kits may be picked up between March 12 and March 26 at any of the following locations during normal business hours. Supplies are limited.

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• Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital information desk

• Immediate & Primary Care at Stanford Medical Park

• Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Service

• PBK Bank