Colon cancer tests kits available. If you’re 50 years old, the American Cancer Society recommends that you get tested regularly for colon cancer. The American Cancer Society urges you to talk to your physician about colonoscopy, fecal occult blood tests (FOBT), or other tests for this disease.
During the month of March, the American Cancer Society has partnered with the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force to provide free FOBT kits to anyone over 50. To pick up your free FOBT test kit, visit one of the following pharmacies:
- Baker’s, all Omaha locations
- Creighton Pharmacy, Omaha
- Healthmart Pharmacy at No Frills, Omaha
- Hy-Vee, all Omaha locations
- Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare, Omaha and Papillion
- Walgreen’s, all Omaha locations
Overall, colon cancer rates have declined rapidly in both men and women in the past two decades, due in part to early detection and removal of precancerous polyps. However, only 32 percent of Hispanics and Latinos aged 50 and older have been tested (compared to 50 percent of the overall population).
In Nebraska an estimated 910 cases of colorectal cancer are expected to occur in 2012, and 360 deaths are expected. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. Risk factors for colon cancer include a personal family history of the disease.
For more information on screening options and free FOBT test kits, call 1.800.227.2345 or log on to www.ColonCancerTaskForce.org.