ValleyCare doles out free colorectal cancer-screening kits Friday
Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or rectum, according to ACS.
In recognition of March being National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, ValleyCare Health System of Ohio's two local hospitals will offer free colorectal cancer-screening kits.
Based on foreign research, the ICA recommended that patients with colorectal cancer who undergo chemotherapy are best off doing regular exercise to reduce the amount of tiredness they feel.
"Fear is one of the biggest barriers to colon cancer screening", Patty Francis, program director for the Colon Cancer Prevention Project, a nonprofit advocacy organization in Louisville, said in an interview.
However, there are some factors that cannot be prevent, such as age, family history, having another condition like inflammatory bowl disease or type 2 diabetes, or race and ethnicity. Surgical intervention of colorectal cancer is not only used to remove the malignant mass but to also remove surrounding lymph nodes to stage the tumor.
People without a healthcare provider can get an FOBT kit by contacting Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-828-9213.
In later stages of colorectal cancer, malignancies have often spread to other parts of the body; most often to the lymph nodes and the liver.
But, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says these screenings should take place between the ages of 50 and 75, a 10-year difference from the Canadian recommendation. When people hear it's name, they feel scare and uneasy and because people are reluctant to talk about it - much less undergo screenings and tests even when they are most at risk - the disease continues to thrive and grow.
She added that if they are able to get people engaged in cancer screenings at a younger screen-eligible age that hopefully it will increase people's participating in the colon cancer check program going forward. They instead have a simpler and far less invasive suggestion: search for blood in the stool that may be indicative of colon cancer. Most cases, it's preventable if people have proper screening.
But remember, the most common symptoms are no symptoms. "Also, performing a yearly fecal immuno-chemical test is an effective screening method".
The CCPP website says that this is not the case for Medicare patients, but their founder, Dr. Whitney Jones, is lobbying for this change in Washington, D.C.