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Colorectal Health Check 2018

Community Hospital is providing a free test to screen for colorectal cancer during the Colorectal Health Check 2018.  March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month.

The Colorectal Health Check provides interested individuals, aged 50 and older, with a free test kit that helps screen for early signs of cancer of the colon. Cancer of the colon can be fatal, but the chances for recovery improve dramatically if the disease is detected in its early stages.

Interested individuals may obtain a free colorectal home test kit. The kit includes simple directions for use and an envelope for return to the Good Samaritan Hospital laboratory. Participants will be notified by mail of their test results. Those under 50 years of age with a history of colon cancer in their family may also obtain a kit.

Colorectal cancer—or cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States following lung cancer. Since Nebraska has one of the highest rates of colon cancer in the country Community Hospital feels it is important to provide this wellness screening to the public. Any person from our area can request a kit.

Colon and rectal cancers are considered slow growing. When they are found and treated in an early, localized stage, the survival rate is very good. The five-year survival rate is 90 percent for colon cancer and 80 percent for rectal cancer. Many studies show that screening reduces mortality from colorectal cancer.

A positive test shows that blood was found in the stool. This indicates there is a source of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. Although most sources of bleeding are not cancerous, patients with positive results are referred to their local doctor.

Order test kit online

Kits may be requested until March 31.

To order a free kit by phone, call Sarah Wolford, Community Hospital Community Outreach Coordinator, at 308-344-8550 and leave your name, date of birth, sex, address, city, zip code, telephone number, doctor, whether you have insurance or not, if you are hispanic/latino in ethnicity or not, and your race; or email Sarah at   For more information on colorectal cancer:

Patient Education - Colorectal Cancer Screening and Colorectal Cancer

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