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      March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

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      March is colon cancer awareness month and health care providers are getting the word out.

      Colon cancer is 90 percent curable if it's found early.

      • Screeningis key, as 60 percent of deaths from colon cancer could be prevented if men and women50 years of age and older were screened regularly.
      • In the Two Rivers District only 26 percent ofresidents have had a blood stool test screening in the last two years, and lessthan 50 percent have ever had a colonoscopy to check for colon cancer.
      • If you are over 50 years of age, have aFecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) performed yearly to detect blood in the stool from polyps.
      • If over 50, have acolonoscopy every 10 years to look for polyps, more often if family history.
      • Havepolyps removed to prevent cancer from starting or spreading.

      Steps to help prevent colorectalcancer include:

      • Eat a dietcontaining fruits, vegetables and fiber.
      • Move yourbody. Get active.
      • If yousmoke, find help and quit.

      Fecal Occult Blood Tests can be obtained free ofcharge from March 18 to 29. Just contact your local hospital to request one.

      • Cozad Community Hospital: 308-784-2261
      • Franklin County MemorialHospital: 308-425-6221
      • Good Samaritan Hospital: 308-865-7886
      • Gothenburg Memorial Hospital: 308-537-3661
      • Harlan County Health System: 308-928-2151
      • Lexington Regional HealthCenter: 308-324-5651
      • Phelps Memorial Health Center: 308-995-2211
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