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Colorectal Cancer Screening Kit Could Save Your Life

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Colorectal cancer, when detected early, is highly treatable. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer (colon and rectal) is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.

To help community members in Lexington and the surrounding towns increase their chances of colon cancer survival, Lexington Regional Health Center, along with Good Samaritan Hospital and other surrounding hospitals in the area, have teamed up to provide free colorectal screening kits. Starting Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 18, individuals can call (308) 324-1606 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Monday-Friday only) to request their free screening kit. Kits can be picked up at Outpatient Services Center (west entrance) or kits can be mailed to a residence. Kits will also be available on Monday, March 14 at the Orthman YMCA from 5:30 am - 8:30 am, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 4;30 pm - 8:00 pm. In addition, on Tuesday, March 15 kits will be available at the Lexington Grand Generation Center from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Once the test is completed at home, kits can be mailed back or dropped off at the Lexington Regional Health Center laboratory (1201 N Erie) for testing. The entire process is free to allow as many people as possible the opportunity to get screened.

On Monday, March 14 at 12:00 pm there will be a Wellness Connection about Colon Cancer at Lexington Regional Health Center in the board room. Dr. Hans Zinnecker, a general surgeon will be taking about the importance of testing and what you need to be doing to prevent colorectal cancer. For more information on the colon cancer screening kits or the make your luncheon reservation, contact Pat Samway at Lexington Regional Health Center, (308) 324-5651, extension 179.