It has been determined that preventive testing has significantly
reduced colorectal cancer as the survival rate closely mirrors the
number of people who get tested. The five-year survival rate for
colorectal cancer found at the local stage is 90 percent which is
good cause for early detection and prevention!
In celebration of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Logan
County Department of Public Health (LCDPH) will be giving away FREE
fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) while supplies last during the
month of March.
As the next best option for individuals who resist having a
colonoscopy, a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) screens for early
signs of colon cancer. This test is a quick and easy take home stool
sample kit which is very sensitive to detecting any blood found in
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Hidden blood in the stool can be associated with gastrointestinal disease
including colon cancer. Any type of rectal bleeding is abnormal and should be
evaluated by your physician.
Although a colonoscopy is the best option available to detect colon cancer at an
early stage, a FIT test remains a sensible alternative.
For more information, please contact Kara Davis with the Logan County Department
of Public Health at 217-735-2317. The department hours of operation are
Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm. For more information regarding LCDPH services, you
can log onto their website at WWW.LCDPH.ORG.
[Don Cavi, MS, LEHP
Public Health Administrator
Logan County Department of Public Health]