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KDH offering free take-home DNA colon cancer screening kits during March

Community news | Monday, February 25, 2019

Contact: Dave Ommen

In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month this March, the KDH Cancer Treatment Center will be providing FREE take-home, DNA-based colon cancer screening kits through KDH physician/provider offices. Screening kits will be available from KDH providers who care for adult patients - Family Medicine and Internal Medicine providers.

With an emphasis on prevention and early detection of colon cancer, the KDH Cancer Treatment Center urges men and women age 50-over to discuss appropriate screening options with their provider. If you have a family history of colon cancer, or have additional considerations, you may need to begin screenings earlier. DNA-based screening kits are designed for men and women who are at average risk of colon cancer. Talk to your provider about whether a DNA-based kit is appropriate for you.

The DNA-based testing kits will be available from March 1 to March 31 and must be returned by April 15 to receive the free screening. To use the kit, take it home, follow the directions, and then either return the sample to your provider's office or mail it to King's Daughters' Health in the provided envelope. If follow-up is needed, your provider's office will contact you. We cannot process your kit without a provider's signature.

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. Ask you provider if an earlier screening date is appropriate for you.

If you need help finding a primary care provider, call our Patient Access Line at 812.801.8995.

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