Franklin Hospital in Benton is one of several Southern Illinois medical facilities that will be participating in giving away free colon cancer take-home tests this week.
The American Cancer Society recommends that adults should start regular colon cancer screening at age 50. Despite being one of only a few cancers that can be prevented through screening, many men and women are not getting the colon cancer testing needed. Several events will be held in Southern Illinois to help individuals better understand the life-saving importance of colon cancer prevention and testing.
On Thursday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout Southern Illinois, several organizations will be handing out the free tests for community members interested in taking the first step in preventing cancer. Volunteers will be on hand to distribute these tests in a “drive-thru” fashion, so that interested parties will not have to leave their vehicles.
Registration is NOT necessary for these locations:
• CHESI in Cairo (13245 Kessler Rd., Cairo)
• Chester Memorial Hospital (1900 State St., Chester)
• Fairfield Memorial Hospital (303 NW 11th St., Fairfield)
• Fairfield Memorial Hospital Medical Arts Complex (213 NW 10th St. Fairfield)
• Franklin Hospital (201 Bailey Ln., Benton)
• Hamilton Memorial Hospital (611 South Marshall St., McLeansboro)
• Hardin County Hospital (Ferrell Rd., Rosiclare)
• Marshall Browning Hospital (900 N Washington St., Du Quoin)
• Massac Memorial Hospital (28 Chick St., Metropolis)
• Pinckneyville Community Hospital (101 N Walnut St. Pinckneyville)
• Sparta Community Hospital (818 East Broadway St., Sparta)
While cancer incidence rates have been declining steadily over the past decade, colon cancer remains the third-leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States.
In Illinois, approximately 6,140 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year, and an estimated 2,230 will die from the disease. With only about half of men and women age 50 and older currently being screened, wider use of proven screening tests could save many more lives.
For more information, please contact your local participating hospital or clinic.