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News brief, March 8

Free colorectal cancer screening kits available

DANVILLE — Colon cancer is a preventable disease, but it is the third leading cancer killer in the United States. It doesn’t have to be! Nine out of 10 colon cancer cases may be prevented or cured with regular screenings.

Ephraim McDowell Health Community Services, with the support of the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation, is working to raise awareness that regular screenings can detect cancer in its early stages, when it is the most treatable. While a colonoscopy and/or sigmoidoscopy is the most accurate way to diagnose colon cancer, regular screening of the feces (stool) may indicate further need for diagnostic testing.

Ephraim McDowell Health will offer free, take-home colon cancer screening kits in March, which is observed as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The screening kits are available for anyone over the age of 50 who has not had a screening in the last 12 months. The kits may be picked up between March 12 and March 26 at any of the following locations during normal business hours. Supplies are limited.

Danville

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center information desks

McDowell Wellness Center

Danville Family Physicians

Bluegrass Immediate Care

Boyle County Cooperative Extension Service

Lexington Avenue Baptist Church

Centenary United Methodist Church

Gethsemane Baptist Church

Heritage Hospice

Ephraim McDowell Family and Internal Medicine

Harrodsburg

Ephraim McDowell Dedman Primary Care

Ephraim McDowell Haggin Primary Care

Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital information desk

Harrodsburg Family Medical Center

Mercer County Cooperative Extension Service

Lancaster

North Garrard Family Medical Center

Ephraim McDowell Garrard Clinic

Garrard County Cooperative Extension Service

Liberty

Ephraim McDowell Liberty Family Medical Center

Springfield

Ephraim McDowell Springfield Family Medical Center

Stanford

Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital information desk

Immediate & Primary Care at Stanford Medical Park

Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Service

PBK Bank