Free colon cancer test kit offered in March

During the month of March, those  age 50 or older can receive a free immunochemical fecal occult blood test (iFOBT) colon cancer screening kit from the drive-up window at CentraCare Pharmacy at St. Cloud Hospital or from Coborn Cancer Center. Kits are limited. The iFOBT screening does not replace a colonoscopy, which is the best method to detect colorectal cancer. For details, call 320-229-5199, ext. 71791.

If you have any of the following risk factors, a colonoscopy is recommended.

•Older than age 50
•Family history of cancer
•History of colitis, Crohn’s, related diseases

Every year, more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it.

Early screening and detection are the keys to preventing death from colorectal cancer. Men and women at average risk for colon cancer should be screened beginning at age 50. Those with a family history of the disease should be screened at age 40 or 10 years earlier than the youngest diagnosis in the family, whichever comes first.

CentraCare Digestive Center has experienced, board-certified gastroenterologists that specialize in preventing cancer, completing more than 14,000 procedures a year. No referral is needed. For more information or to schedule a screening test, call the CentraCare Digestive Center at 320-229-4916.