Free colorectal screenings available
From submitted reports February 22, 2011 9:28AM
MORRIS — Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers is offering free, take-home colorectal cancer screening kits in recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
The screening kits may be picked up March 1-19 at one of Morris Hospital’s nine off-site locations, including:
Braidwood Healthcare Center, 389 E. Main St., Braidwood
Channahon Healthcare Center, 25259 Reed St., Channahon
Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Center, 100 Gore Road, Morris
Dwight Healthcare Center, 101 S. Prairie Ave., Dwight
Gardner Healthcare Center, 409 N. Route 53, Gardner
Marseilles Healthcare Center, 580 Sycamore St., Marseilles
Morris Hospital Ridge Road Campus, 27240 W. Saxony Drive, Channahon
Newark Healthcare Center, 5 N. Johnson St., Newark
Radiation Therapy Center, 1600 W. Route 6, Morris
The screening involves a fecal occult blood test that checks for small amounts of hidden blood in the stool, which could be an indication of colorectal cancer. Each screening kit contains instructions for collecting stool samples in the privacy of your own home and returning the samples to the laboratory at Morris Hospital in the provided mailing pouch. Samples must be returned by March 31.
Not counting skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, the death rate from colorectal cancer has been going down for the past 15 years as a result of colorectal cancer screenings.
Most people with early colon cancer don’t have symptoms, which is why early detection screening tests are important.
For more information on the colorectal screening kits available through Morris Hospital, call 815-942-2932, ext. 7364.