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Free Colorectal Cancer Kits

John AndersonMarch 1, 2023

Free colorectal cancer screening kits available in March

 

(March 1, 2023) – Statistics say colorectal cancer is the third-most common cancer found in

both men and women. But fortunately colorectal cancer found early is often highly curable.

In recognition of national Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, 900 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, Abilene and Lindsborg pharmacies while supplies last.

The screening uses an advanced fecal blood test that requires only one sample and has

no food or drug restrictions. The samples can then be mailed to the Tammy Walker Cancer

Center for lab analysis via a pre-paid postage envelope provided. Due to COVID-19 restrictions

on entry at the Cancer Center, officials ask that all tests be returned by mail. Results of the test

will be returned to both the patient and their primary care physician. Participants in the

screening should return their samples for analysis by May 30.

Grant funding from the Salina Charities League and Salina Regional Health Foundation is

helping to underwrite the screening.

Health officials recommend all men and women have a colonoscopy at age 45 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 [email protected]. Kits can also be mailed to interested participants by

contacting Craig.

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