Colon cancer is treatable in its earliest stages, and periodic screenings are needed for early detection.
A limited number of free Hemosure colon cancer screening kits are available on a first-come first-served basis from:
2 to 4 pm, Friday, March 11, at the Jasper County Health Department at 106 East Edwards, Newton
11 to 1 pm, Thursday, March 17, at the Shelbyville Senior Center
11 am to 1 pm, Thursday, March 24, at the Casey Senior Center
This easy-to-do screen is non-invasive and has a 97 percent accuracy rate!
The kit allows participants to easily collect a stool sample in a plastic container. It is then returned discreetly in a brown bag to any Sarah Bush Lincoln clinic or the hospital outpatient lab. Tests should be returned to Sarah Bush Lincoln by March 31.
Participants will receive a letter in the mail from the Sarah Bush Lincoln Gastroenterology Clinic if the test results are negative. All participants with a positive test result will receive a phone call from the SBL Gastroenterology Clinic, and a certified letter alerting the participant to the results and the actions that should taken for further investigation.
People who fit the following criteria should consider participating.
• People between 50 and 75 years old
• People with a strong family history of colon cancer
• People who have never had a colonoscopy
• People with the following symptoms:
– Diarrhea / Constipation
– Rectal bleeding
– Black or tarry stools
– Weight loss / Bloating
– Change in bowel habits
For more information, call the SBL Gastroenterology Clinic at 217 258-4155.