Two Rivers: March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Colon cancer is 90% curable if it’s found early.
Colon Cancer is the 3rd most common cause of cancer.
Colon Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related deaths. (NE Vital Statistics Report 2015)
In the Two Rivers District, only 60% of those surveyed, ages 50-75, reported being up to date on colon cancer screening (BRFSS 2014).
Are you 50 years or older?
Have a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) yearly to detect blood in the stool from polyps.
Have a colonoscopy every 10 years to look for polyps, more often if family history.
Have polyps removed to prevent cancer from starting or spreading.
Further steps to prevent colorectal cancer are easily included in any lifestyle:
Eat a diet containing fruits, vegetables and fiber.
Move your body! Get active!
If you smoke, find help and quit!
Fecal Occult Blood Tests (FOBT) FREE of charge from March 7th to 18th
This year, the following hospitals in our area and the Two Rivers Public Department will be providing free tests. Check with your area hospital to see if they are offering free kits!
Cozad Community Hospital: 308-784-2261
Franklin County Memorial Hospital: 308-425-6221
CHI Health Good Samaritan: 308-865-7886
Gothenburg Memorial Hospital: 308-537-3661
Harlan County Health System: 308-928-2151
Lexington Regional Health Center: 308-324-5651
Phelps Memorial Health Center: 308-995-2211
Two Rivers Public Health Department 308-995-4778 or 1-888-669-7154
For more information call Two Rivers Public Health Department at (308) 995-4778 and visit our website www.trphd.org for more information. You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@trpublichealth).
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