POSTED: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 3:45pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 3:49pm
Baton Rouge, La — March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer, or cancer of the colon or rectum, is the second leading cause of cancer death in Louisiana; Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins wants to change that.
During March, The Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins will distribute free take-home kits, fecal immunochemical test (FIT), which detects blood in the stool.
The take-home kit, which must be picked up by the user, is not a substitute for a colonoscopy but is just one form of colorectal cancer screening. The best method for colorectal cancer screening is through colonoscopy.
“There’s less awareness about colorectal cancer; many people are embarrassed to talk about it, so there’s a real need to find ways to promote early detection and get the conversation going. And now through NCCCP, the Colorectal Cancer Team’s work could make a difference in early detection across the country,” said, Linda Lee LCSW, BACS, administrator of the Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins.
As part of this effort, the Cancer Program has developed a resource specifically for the disease – www.coloncancerteam.org . The site contains a colorectal cancer risk assessment tool to help determine one’s personal risk for colorectal cancer. It also provides information on the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer and lists free upcoming screenings, such as those being offered in March as listed below:
Screening Dates (No Appointments Required):
904 South Range Rd.
Denham Springs, LA
10 am-2 pm
7717 Howell Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA
10 am – 1 p.m.
City of New Roads
New Roads, LA
10 am – 2 p.m.
For more information on free cancer screenings, call (225) 215-1234.