Colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. About 51,000 people die from colorectal cancer each year.
But colorectal cancer is preventable, beatable and treatable. If everyone aged 50 years or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.
Free Blood Stool Test (FOBT) Kits Available
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and SHDHD and the South Heartland Cancer Coalition are offering free FOBT kits to complete at home. Individuals recommended for testing include men and women who are 50-74 years of age. If someone in your family has had colon cancer, you might need to be tested before age 50, discuss with your doctor.
There are several types of screening tests and no single test is the ‘right’ one for everyone. The best test is the one that gets done! So talk with your medical provider about the benefits and risks of each screening option as well as your family history, personal risk factors and preferences to help determine which screening test is best for you
To get your FREE colorectal cancer FOBT screening kit, stop by the South Heartland District Health Department at 606 N. Minnesota, Suite 2, Hastings, NE, or call the health department at 402-462-6211 (toll free at 1-877-238-7595) year round. Kits will also be available in pharmacies in Clay, Nuckolls and Webster Counties; at Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Webster County Community Hospital, and Clay County Health Department; and at area health fairs in March and April.