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