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Memorial Health Offering Free Colon Cancer Test Kits at Upcoming Event

Taylorville Memorial Hospital is set to distribute free take-home screening tests for colon cancer on Thursday, March 14, from 8 to 11 a.m. at their drive-thru located at 201 E. Pleasant St in Taylorville. This initiative is part of the Regional Cancer Partnership's efforts, comprising Memorial Health, SIU School of Medicine, Springfield Clinic, and HSHS St. John's Hospital.


Tia Rapps, the Community Cancer Education Coordinator for the Regional Cancer Center, highlighted the significance of the event, especially during Colorectal Awareness Month. She encouraged individuals to take the opportunity for a complimentary screening, emphasizing the availability of kits while supplies last.


Motorists are advised to adhere to directional signage and stay in their vehicles during the distribution. Once completed, the screening kits should be promptly returned via mail using the provided, pre-addressed envelope within 10 days of pickup. Participants will subsequently receive notification of their results via mail.


The initiative targets individuals aged 45 and above, as well as those with specific risk factors such as a history of colorectal polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, high intake of processed foods or red meat, smoking habits, obesity, or heavy alcohol consumption. For individuals aged 76 years and older, decisions regarding screening should be made considering personal preferences, life expectancy, overall health, and past screening experiences.


The event aims to increase awareness and accessibility to early detection methods, contributing to the prevention and early treatment of colorectal cancer within the community.


For those seeking further details about the kit distribution, questions can be directed to 217-707-5258.


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