Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon or rectum – is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.
Screening for the prevention and early detection of colon cancer is crucial to improve outcomes. Colon screenings have led to a decline in the number of deaths from the disease over the past 20 years. When polyps or cancer are found in their early stages, the cure rate is close to 100 percent. Unfortunately fewer than half of Americans over the age of 50 have had any type of colon-cancer screening test.
St.Vincent offers colon kits that allow patients to test for abnormalities from the comfort of their own homes. Colon kits are mailed with simple instructions along with return postage. The patient collects a small stool sample from the comfort of his or her home, and submits the sample for testing using the enclosed postage. If an abnormality is identified, St.Vincent will follow-up and help you schedule a primary care appointment to determine the appropriate treatment options.
St.Vincent Cancer Care is offering a free home colon kit as part of September's Check Up 13. If you are at least 50 years old or are an African American at least 45-years-old and have one of the following risk factors, you may be at risk and should consider completing the colon screening kit:
**Promotion only valid for Indiana residents.