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