Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation has started a campaign to encourage adults 50 to 75 to be tested annually for colon cancer when they get flu shots.
With the help of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation is offering home stool tests for prevention and early detection of colon cancer, the second deadliest cancer in the United States.
Nearly 900 Kentuckians died from colon cancer each year. Colon cancer affects about 143,000 Americans annually and kills another 50,000 people, according to the Colon Cancer Prevention Project.
MCHC received a $1,000 grant from the Colon Cancer Prevention Project for the FLU-FIT program, which is a way to increase colon cancer screening rates in eastern Kentucky.
“We are excited about this partnership, and we look forward to working together to stop this deadly and far-too-common disease,” said Patty Francis, education and health systems program manager for the Colon Cancer Prevention Project. “This facility cares about its patients and is making great strides to ensure they get timely screenings.”
Fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) are available at the Whitesburg, Blackey/ Leatherwood and Owsley County MCHC clinics.
The home stool kits will be available at the MCHC clinic in Whitesburg on Nov. 1 during the opening event of MCHC’s Sunday clinic. An interactive colon will be on display at the event.
For more information on screening, visit KickingButt.org. To schedule a screening, call 606-633-4871.