Getting Tested Can Prevent Colon Cancer Mercy Cancer Center Encourage Men and Women to Get Tested
Mercy Cancer Center is sponsoring the distribution of free colorectal screening kits to raise awareness that colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., is largely preventable. These free kits will be available to the public as follows:
May 17, 18, and 19, 2011
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa Main Entrance
1000 4th Street SW, Mason City
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Mercy Home Therapy Shoppe
1501 4th Street SW, Mason City
The free kit involves a fecal occult blood test, a simple at-home procedure that checks stool samples for hidden blood, which can be a sign of cancer, polyps, or other internal disorders. All results are kept confidential and mailed directly back to the home address provided at the time the kit is picked up. It is up to the patient to share the results with his or her health care provider.
If you are age 50 or older, even if you have no family history of the disease, you are at risk for colon cancer and should ask your physician about getting tested or pick up a free kit. People with a family or personal history of colon cancer or polyps or history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease should be tested earlier, and may need to undergo testing more often.
For more information about colorectal screenings, call Mercy Cancer Center and speak to the Colon Cancer Care Coordinator, Lisa Baltierra at 1-800-433-3883 ext. 7024 or 641-428-7024.