March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Across the nation, people are learning about their colon health and how to take care of themselves.

Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) affects men and women equally. Among cancers that affect men and women, it is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. But if everyone age 50 or older had regular screening, 30-60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. It is also one of the most preventable cancers because it is slow growing and can develop from polyps that can be removed before they become cancerous.  

At North Country HealthCare, the FIT at Fifty HealthCheck Program is a colorectal cancer screening program funded by the Department of Health Services. The goal of the program is to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer through screening and early detection. Through the FIT at Fifty HealthCheck Program, free screening is available for qualifying men and women who do not have insurance. North Country HealthCare is collaborating with the Cancer Center at Flagstaff Medical Center by providing FIT (Fecal Immunochemical Test) cards for $15 for people who have insurance. This includes the lab fee and enables people to get screened for colorectal cancer at a very reduced rate during the month of March.   

For more information about colorectal cancer or the FIT at Fifty HealthCheck Program call Angela at (928) 522-2445.

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