Colon cancer, when detected early, is highly treatable. It is most often found in men who are 50 years or older and is the third most common cancer in the United States. Yet the Colon Cancer Alliance estimates over 50,000 people will die in 2013 from the disease.
To help community members in Lexington and surrounding towns increase their chances of colon cancer survival, Lexington Regional Health Center and Good Samaritan Hospital have teamed up to provide free colorectal screening kits. Between March 18 and 29, 8:00am – 5:00 pm (Monday-Friday only), people can call into Lexington Regional at (308) 324-5651, extension 179, to request their complimentary screening kit. They then pick up the kit at the hospital or have it mailed to them at home and then mail it back to Lexington Regional for lab testing. The entire process is free to allow as many people as possible the opportunity to get screened.
For more information on the colon cancer screening kits, contact Pat Samway at Lexington Regional Health Center, (308) 324-5651, extension 179.