Tuesday, February 27, 2018
In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March, King's Daughters' Health (KDH) will again be providing FREE take-home, DNA-based colon cancer testing kits through its physician/provider offices. Testing kits will be available from providers who care for adult patients - Family Medicine and Internal Medicine providers.
KDH urges men and women age 50-over to discuss appropriate screening options for the prevention and early detection of colon cancer. If you have a family history of colon cancer, you may need to begin screenings earlier. DNA-based testing kits are designed for men and women at average risk of colon cancer. Talk to your provider about whether a DNA-based kit is appropriate.
The DNA-based testing kits will be available during March and must be returned by April 15. Take the kit home, follow the directions, and then return the kit to your provider's office. If follow-up is needed, your provider's office will contact you.
A colonoscopy remains the gold standard for the early detection and prevention of colon cancer. Beginning at age 50, men and women are encouraged to schedule a colonoscopy, which is generally covered by insurance for appropriate patients. During a colonoscopy, a physician can see inside the colon and remove any polyps for further evaluation.