WATERTOWN, N.Y. (March 19, 2013) – Community members are encouraged to take advantage of a free colorectal cancer screening opportunity. If you are older than 50 or have a family history of colon cancer, you may pick up a free home screening kit, which will be tested by Samaritan Medical Center for free.
Screening kits will be available through March 31 at the pharmacy counter of every Kinney Drugs location in Jefferson County, along with locations in Lowville and Gouverneur.
Each fecal occult blood test kit comes with detailed instructions and a return mailing envelope. Postage must be applied by the consumer and returned by April 30.
Testing and reporting of results will take place at Samaritan Medical Center under the direction Dr. Collins Kellogg and Dr. Shahandeh Haghir. Testing is estimated to be completed and results mailed by May 15 to the address provided by the person who picks up the FOBT kit.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third-most common cancer in men and in women. Early detection is key to decreasing the mortality rate. Screening tests can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.
The fecal occult blood test is a simple, quick, painless and noninvasive test that is collected in your home. The test can detect blood released from the bowel, which may be from precancerous growths or cancer.
Information about colon cancer and colorectal screening is available at www.samaritanhealth.com.
Additional community resources include the American Cancer Society-Eastern Division, 1-800-227-2345, and Lewis County Public Health Cancer Services Program serving Jefferson and Lewis counties, 376-5453. LCPH Cancer Services Program offers assistance to community members who receive a positive screening result and/or who do not have health insurance or high out-of-pocket costs.
The colorectal cancer screening is provided free of charge to community members through a partnership between Kinney Drugs, Samaritan Medical Center and Jefferson Community College.
Jefferson Community College