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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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