Free Colon Cancer Take Home Tests

March 21, 2014

Free Colon Cancer Take Home Tests Given Throughout Southern IL

The American Cancer Society recommends that adults should start regular colon cancer screening at age 50. Despite being one of only a few cancers that can be prevented through screening, many men and women are not getting the colon cancer testing needed. Several events will be held in Southern Illinois to help individuals better understand the life-saving importance of colon cancer prevention and testing.

On Friday, March 28th, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. throughout Southern Illinois, several organizations will be handing out free colon cancer take home tests for community members interested in taking the first step in preventing cancer. Volunteers will be on hand to distribute these tests in a “drive-thru” fashion, so that interested parties will not have to leave their vehicles.

Registration is NOT necessary for these locations:

Ferrell Hospital (1201 Pine St., Eldorado, IL)
Franklin Hospital (201 Bailey Ln., Benton, IL)
Marshall Browning Hospital (900 N Washington St., Du Quoin, IL)
Sparta Community Hospital (818 East Broadway St., Sparta, IL)

While cancer incidence rates have been declining steadily over the past decade, colon cancer remains the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the U.S. In Illinois, approximately 5,530 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014 and an estimated 2,190 will die from the disease. With only about half of men and women age 50 and older currently being screened, wider use of proven screening tests could save many more lives.

**For more information please contact your local participating hospital or clinic.