Free colorectal cancer screening kits available
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Monday, Mar. 15, 2010 — Parkview Hospital’s Community Health Improvement Program and the Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center are leading the effort to provide free EZ Detect™ colorectal cancer screening kits to individuals in northeast Indiana.
If diagnosed and treated in the early stages, colorectal cancer is highly curable. Beginning at age 50 (45 for African-American men and women), Parkview and the American Cancer Society recommend that people at average risk for developing colon cancer have a fecal occult blood test yearly and a colonoscopy every 10 years. People with higher risk factors may need to begin screening at an earlier age.
EZ Detect kits provide a simple way to do blood stool screenings at home. The EZ Detect kits are available at the following Parkview locations:
*Lobbies of all Parkview Health hospitals in Fort Wayne, Columbia City, Huntington, Kendallville, and LaGrange
*Additional Parkview North campus locations:
-Parkview Women’s Health Center
-Parkview Outpatient Center
-Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center
-Northeast Indiana Colon & Rectal Surgeons
*Additional Fort Wayne locations:
-G.I. Consultants, 3439 Hobson Rd.
-Northeast Indiana Colon & Rectal Surgeons, 8028 Carnegie Blvd., Suite 500
-Fort Wayne African-American Cancer Alliance, 2700 S. Lafayette St., Suite 100
*Parkview FirstCare offices in Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, and Whitley counties
Parkview’s Community Health Improvement Program funds the EZ Detect initiative. For more information, call (877) 784-4673 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.