Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Memorial Hospital Offers Free Colorectal Cancer Screening
It's the cancer with the yuck factor: 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 Tuesday, April 23, Lake Charles Memorial Health System 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’s Radiation Oncology Department, located on the first floor of Memorial Hospital (1701 Oak Park Boulevard), from 9am until 3pm, Tuesday, April 23 through Thursday, April 25. Participants will be directed where to return the kits the following week.
The colorectal screening kits are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. For more information, call Memorial Radiation Oncology at (337) 494-2121.