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UK Provides Colorectal Cancer
Information and Tests

By Jill Holder

 

The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 147,500 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year. Colorectal cancer is one of the most detectable, and if found early enough, most treatable, forms of cancer. Screening is important because symptoms may not accompany colorectal cancer in the early stages of the disease. In the absence of symptoms or risk factors, screening should start no later than age 50 and continue routinely. Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally. Routine colorectal cancer screening should be an important part of regular health care for people over age 50.

 

Feb. 28, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of 30-year veteran WTVQ TV news anchor John Lindgren, who lost his battle with colorectal cancer in 2001, the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center will provide free colorectal cancer information and fecal occult blood test cards. The information and cards will be available from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday in March in the first floor lobby of the UK Hospital.

The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 147,500 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year. Colorectal cancer is one of the most detectable, and if found early enough, most treatable, forms of cancer. Screening is important because symptoms may not accompany colorectal cancer in the early stages of the disease. In the absence of symptoms or risk factors, screening should start no later than age 50 and continue routinely. Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally. Routine colorectal cancer screening should be an important part of regular health care for people over age 50.

Please call (859) 257-4488 to request a free fecal occult blood test card. For more information about colorectal cancer, go to the American Cancer Society Web site at www.cancer.org.


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