Centegra Health System is proud to join the American Cancer Society in recognizing March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In the month of March, Centegra will offer free test kits that help to detect the disease.
Because this cancer does not usually cause symptoms until it is in a more advanced stage, early detection is important in finding, treating and beating this disease. When found early and treated, the survival rate is 90 percent. The American Cancer Society recommends testing regularly. Everyone 50 years and older should have a colonoscopy. People with a family history of the disease should talk to their doctor about testing earlier if younger than 50.
Centegra Health System’s Get Checked! Program will distribute free fecal occult blood kits to check for hidden blood in the stool. No registration is required; interested participants may drop by to collect the kit March 18 through March 29 as follows:
- 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays at the guest services desk at Centegra Hospital-McHenry, 4201 Medical Center Drive
- 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays at the guest services desk at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, 3701 Doty Road
- 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the front desk at Centegra Gavers Breast Center, 360 North Terra Cotta Road
- 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the imaging and immediate care desks at Crystal Lake Medical Arts, 360 Station Drive
- 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the imaging desk at Centegra Health Center-Huntley
Centegra Health System will also offer a free symposium for those interested in learning more about colon health. Participants will hear from experts on recent insights about colon function, cancer prevention and early detection. “The Ins & Outs of Good Colon Health,” will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at McHenry County College Conference Center, 8900 U.S. Highway 14 in Crystal Lake. To register, call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month began in 2000 when the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable joined forces to bring about colorectal cancer awareness. Centegra Health System partners with the American Cancer Society to promote this campaign.
For more details on Centegra’s Get Checked! screenings, call Lora Anderson, community outreach coordinator, at 815-759-4454.