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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

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March is colon cancer awareness month and health care providers are getting the word out.

Colon cancer is 90 percent curable if it's found early.

  • Screening is key, as 60 percent of deaths from colon cancer could be prevented if men and women 50 years of age and older were screened regularly.
  •  In the Two Rivers District only 26 percent of residents have had a blood stool test screening in the last two years, and less than 50 percent have ever had a colonoscopy to check for colon cancer. 
  • If you are over 50 years of age, have a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) performed yearly to detect blood in the stool from polyps.
  • If over 50, have a colonoscopy every 10 years to look for polyps, more often if family history.
  • Have polyps removed to prevent cancer from starting or spreading.

Steps to help prevent colorectal cancer include:

  • Eat a diet containing fruits, vegetables and fiber.
  • Move your body. Get active.
  • If you smoke, find help and quit.

Fecal Occult Blood Tests can be obtained free of charge from March 18 to 29. Just contact your local hospital to request one.

  • Cozad Community Hospital: 308-784-2261
  • Franklin County Memorial Hospital: 308-425-6221
  • Good Samaritan Hospital: 308-865-7886
  • Gothenburg Memorial Hospital: 308-537-3661
  • Harlan County Health System: 308-928-2151
  • Lexington Regional Health Center: 308-324-5651
  • Phelps Memorial Health Center: 308-995-2211
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