Colon Cancer Screening

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Public Health Solutions District Health Department is proud to partner with the Colon Cancer Coalition and the Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program to help save lives in our service area. Each year we provide free colon cancer screening test kits (Fecal Occult Blood Test) to those in our service area. We partner with pharmacies, retail settings, libraries and other organizations to distribute FOBT kits each year and follow up with kit participants on their results. Finding the signs of colon cancer early saves lives and we are committed to early detection and supplying colon cancer prevention information.

We invite you to join our Colon Cancer Coalition if you want to take a more active role in preventing this disease. Our colon cancer coalition includes Deines Pharmacy, Clabaugh Pharmacy, Walmart-Crete, Shopko-Crete, Walmart-Beatrice, Shopko-Beatrice, Walmart-Fairbury, The Medicine Shoppe-Crete, Korbel Drug, Weaver Pharmacy, Warren Memorial Hospital, Lake Crest Pharmacy, and Priefert Pharmacy.

Colon Cancer Facts

colon polypColon cancer most often develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. It is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in Nebraska and over 900 Nebraskans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year. If you are 50 or older, it is recommended that you have routine colon screenings because over 90% of colorectal cancer cases are found in adults aged 50 and over. Treatment is most effective when colon cancer is found early, and screening can even prevent colon cancer by finding and removing polyps before they become cancer.

Risk Factors

Risk factors include your age, sex, and family health history. Lifestyle choices, such as the use of tobacco and alcohol, what you eat, and sun exposure, also play a part. Other factors are linked to cancer-causing factors in your environment. Having many risk factors does not mean that you will get cancer, but having no risk factors does not mean that you are safe.

Signs and Symptoms

There are a wide variety of signs and symptoms for colon cancer including a change in bowel habits, blood in the stool, cramping or belly pain, weakness, fatigue and unexplained weight loss.

Prevention

While getting screened is the most effective form of prevention, there are steps you can take to lower your risk:

  • Get routine colon cancer screenings starting at age 50. People with an greater risk, such as those with a family fobt imagehistory of colon cancer, should consider screening sooner.
  • Eat a low-fat foods with fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
  • Do not smoke or use other tobacco products.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes at a time most days per week.
  • Keep up a healthy weight.

Please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ to find information on other forms of cancer.

The colon cancer screening kit project is funded by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. To view our informational videos and learn how use an FOBT kit, click here.

Para ver nuestro video acerca del cáncer de colon, haga clic aquí.