Colorectal Cancer Screening

Submitted by KCH on Mon, 03/29/2021 - 1:08pm
cancer awareness

the MOST preventable - yet least prevented cancer.

In honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March, KCH is providing FREE colorectal cancer screenings kits, available beginning March 29.
For more information, call 740.393.9621.
Kits are available March 29 thru April 30, Monday - Friday from 8 am - 4:30 pm at the main entrance on the KCH hospital campus.
Kits can be returned by mail or placed in a drop box located at the main KCH entrance.

Please return kits by May 14th.

For more information, call 740.393.9621.

Colon cancer is 90% preventable! SCREENINGS SAVE LIVES!

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What is colorectal cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be named colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together because they have many features in common. Most colorectal cancers begin as a growth called a polyp on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. Some types of polyps can change into cancer over the course of several years, but not all polyps become cancer.

Why should I get screened for colorectal cancer?

With regular screening, most polyps can be found and removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer. Screening can also find colorectal cancer early when it is smaller and easier to treat.

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. when men and women are combined, yet it can be prevented or detected at an early stage.

How can I lower my risk of getting colorectal cancer?

There are things you can do to help lower your risks, such as staying at a healthy weight, being physically active, not smoking, limiting alcohol, and eating a diet high in vegetables and fruits.

Myths about colorectal cancer screening
MYTH: Screening is too expensive.

FACT: Most screening tests are covered by insurance, including Medicare. There are also low-cost screening options.

MYTH: Nobody in my family has a history of colorectal cancer, so I am not at risk.

FACT: Most colorectal cancers are found in people without a family history of colorectal cancer. Those with a family history is at higher risk.

MYTH: If my stool looks normal, I should be fine.

FACT: You can have colorectal cancer or polyps even if your stool looks normal.

MYTH: Colorectal cancer is not that common.

FACT: Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. Screening is the best way to prevent death from colorectal cancer.

MYTH: Having a colonoscopy is the only way to get screened.

FACT: There are several different screening tests available. Some are simple and can be done at home.

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