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Free Colorectal Cancer Screening Kits Available at MDH

2/27/2019

With the start of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, McDonough District Hospital is offering free Hemoccult-ICT test kits to raise awareness and prevention of colorectal cancer.

Kits are available at the following locations:

Admitting
First floor
McDonough District Hospital
Monday-Friday
6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday
6:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
   MDH Bushnell Family Practice
1150 N. Cole St, Bushnell
Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
   MDH Family Clinic
Suite 213
Second floor
Health Services Building 2
Monday-Thursday
7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Friday
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
   MDH Internal Medicine
Suite 111
First floor
Health Services Building 2
Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 
   Outreach Services
Suite 302
Lower level
Health Services Building 1
Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1-4:30 p.m.
         
This kit detects bleeding from the lower GI tract and is a safe, noninvasive way to detect colorectal cancer. The Hemoccult-ICT is a screening, not a diagnosis for colorectal cancer. Those who are age 45 or older, or are at higher risk because of personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colon polyps, should consider this screening.

Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed both in men and women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 145,600 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in 2019. Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 22 for men and 1 in 24 for women. Additionally, colorectal cancer is predicted to cause 51,020 deaths this year.

Fortunately, the number of deaths attributed to colorectal cancer has been decreasing, in part thanks to preventative screenings such as the Hemoccult-ICT test kits.

Free test kits are available through April 26. The Hemoccult-ICT test kit checks for blood in bowel movements (stool) and is completed in the privacy of one’s home. There are NO dietary restrictions and instructions will be included with the kit. Using the envelope provided, the completed kit may be mailed back to the MDH Lab, which will conduct a free analysis if the kit is returned by Friday, April 26. Each participant will be notified of their results.

For more information about the kits, please contact MDH Outreach Services at (309) 836-1584.

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