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Colorectal Cancer Talk March 20

March 06, 2012

McCook, Nebraska—The public is invited to a Breakfast ‘N Learn talk, “Understanding Colorectal Cancer,” sponsored by Community Hospital on Tuesday, March 20 from 8 to 9 a.m. in the hospital meeting rooms.  Featured speaker is Brenda Kopriva, M.D., one of Community Hospital’s two full-time general surgeons.

There is no charge to attend. Those attending will be offered a variety of breakfast items. Reservations are necessary by calling the 55PLUS info line at 308-344-8255 by Friday, March 16. Be prepared to leave a message with your name, phone number and the number in your party who will be attending. This talk is open to the general public. It is not necessary to be a 55PLUS member to attend.

Dr. Kopriva will speak on colon cancer, colon polyps and screenings. This is an important healthcare topic because Nebraska has one of the highest rates of colon cancer in the country.

Free colorectal cancer screenings kits, to test for blood in the stool, are available to attendees. Anyone more than 50 years old, or under 50 and with a family history should have regular screening examinations for signs of colon cancer.

Under the new health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), one of the wellness benefits offered for adults from insurance companies and covered at 100% is colorectal cancer screenings including colonoscopies. If offered under their preventive health care services, insured patients will have no deductibles or copays for this screening. Coverage may vary depending on the insurance company.

People enrolled in original Medicare receive 100% covered preventive services benefits. Most Medicare Advantage plans also offer this benefit.

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