In Nebraska, in 2018 (most recent data), 943 new colon and rectum cancer cases and 356 deaths were reported. CDC Data Visualization Tool
To get your FREE colorectal cancer FOBT screening kit, complete this brief enrollment survey. Once SHDHD receives the survey we will mail the kit directly to your home. If you have questions please call the health department at 402-462-6211 (toll free at 1-877-238-7595) year round.
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, treatable and beatable. If everyone aged 45 years or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends regular screening for colorectal cancers. There are several types of screening tests, with the “gold standard” being colonoscopy. However, 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
Free Blood Stool Test (FOBT) Kits Available
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 45-74 years of age. If someone in your family has had colon cancer, discuss with your doctor about testing before age 45.
Screening Saves Lives! South Heartland encourages colon cancer screening for early detection.