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It's that part of the body most people would rather ignore. Unfortunately, some of us may be ignoring it to death. Nearly 42 million Americans over the age of 50 aren't getting checked for colorectal cancer—the third most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.

Beginning March 30, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital will once again offer free colorectal screening kits in an effort to help detect colorectal cancer at its earliest—and most treatable—stages. A non-invasive test that can be completed in the privacy of your home, the screening can identify hidden blood in stool samples, which is the first and in many cases the only warning sign of colorectal disease.

Test kits can be picked up at the Memorial/LSUHSC Family Medicine Center, 1525 Oak Park Boulevard, from 8am until noon and 1pm until 5pm, Wednesday, March 30 through Friday, April 1.  Participants will be directed where to return the kits the following week.

These kits can be helpful in detecting colorectal cancer, but should not take the place of a colonoscopy.  If you are over 50 years of age or if you have a relative who has been diagnosed with colon cancer, you should speak to your doctor about when, and how often, you should have a colonoscopy.

Colorectal cancer is a disease that can silently lurk in anyone, particularly during middle age and beyond. Found just as often among women as men, the disease usually starts with polyps, which are small growths that can take a decade to turn cancerous. If found early, these polyps can be removed, and cancer can be stopped before it starts.

The colorectal screening kits are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. For more information, call the Memorial/LSUHSC Family Medicine Center at 494-6767.

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