March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month


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