Free colorectal cancer screening kits available in March. In recognition of national Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March...



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Free colorectal cancer screening kits available in March.

In recognition of national Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, 800 free colorectal cancer screening kits are being made available to anyone age 45 to 75. The screening is recommended for those who have not had a recent colonoscopy. The kits can be picked up at all Salina and Lindsborg pharmacies while supplies last. Grant funding from the Salina Regional Health Foundation, Salina Charities League, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation is helping to underwrite the screening.

Health officials recommend all men and women have a colonoscopy at age 50 to screen for colorectal cancer. Between colonoscopies patients can screen with a fecal blood test. Other tests may also be recommended by your physician. Those with a family history of the disease should consider screening at a younger age. African Americans are also known to be at an increased risk for colorectal cancer.

For more information about the free colorectal cancer screening kits contact Daniel Craig, cancer outreach coordinator at the Tammy Walker Cancer Center, by calling (785) 452-4848 or email dacraig@srhc.com. Kits can also be mailed to interested participants by contacting Craig.

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