colorectal cancer screenings

Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Monday, March 18, 2019 to Friday, March 29, 2019

Pick up your free in-home colorectal cancer screening kit March 18-29, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at West Holt Medical Services

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States as well as the state of Nebraska, but it doesn’t have to be. If everyone age 50 or older had regular screening test, at least 60 percent of these deaths could be avoided. Colorectal cancer is preventable! 

It is recommended men and women age 50 and older complete an at-home fecal occult blood test every year. A flexible sigmoidoscopy is recommended every 3 years (5 years with FOBT ) and a colonoscopy every 10 years. A colonoscopy is still the most effective way to detect colon cancer.

Colorectal cancer screenings are an important part of early detection. Many people have no symptoms of colorectal cancer, which is why routine screenings are so important. Screening tests can find colorectal growths, or polyps, so they can be removed before they become cancerous.