March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.
Preventable – Treatable – Beatable
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. 1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened yearlystarting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer in the early stages – that is why it is so important to be screened. When found early, there is a greater chance of being cured.
To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, Meskwaki Health Clinic along with the CHR Dept.are proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Screenings. Last year, from the Meskwaki Clinic patient population ages 50-75 years old we screened 118 patients with 16 screenings coming back abnormal, which required a colonoscopy.
SCREENINGS DO SAVE LIVES!
- Screening kits are now available for patients 50-75 years old, included with the kit is a cooler bag, stress ball and other small incentive items.
- Screening kits returned complete will receive two$20 gift certificates to the Meskwaki Travel Plaza.
- Participants who return a completed kit will receive a free t-shirt. (Which will be handed out when testing period is complete)
- Transportation is available for all patients scheduled for a colonoscopy. (If desired)
- In addition, each participant will be put into a drawing at the end of the screening period for chance at to win one of 50 Pendleton towels.
For more information, call Danelle Wabaunasee at 641-484-9419.
Sponsored by: Meskwaki Health Clinic & Great Plaines Tribal Chairman’s Health Board- Colorectal Cancer Initiative