Colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. In 2004, more than 53,000 people in the United States died of colorectal cancer (26,881 men and 26,699 women).
Colorectal cancer also is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States. In 2004, more than 145,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer (73,997 men and 71,086 women), making it the third most common cancer in men and in women.
Free Blood Stool Test (FOBT) Kits Available
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) may be offering free FOBT kits available at a pharmacy near you. Please contact SHDHD at 402-462-6211 for more information. The FOBT kits are recommended for men and women who are 50–75 years of age. If someone in your family has had colon cancer, you might need to be tested before you are 50.