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Free colon cancer screening kits available

Free colon cancer screening kits available

Free colon cancer screening kits will be available to people 50 and older during March, which is colon cancer awareness month.

"Early detection is critical since colon cancer often produces no symptoms during early stages," says Jennifer Kelley, community manager for the American Cancer Society. he kits are a painless and noninvasive test done in the privacy of a person's home. When found at its earliest stage, colon cancer has a 90 percent survival rate.

The American Cancer Society recommends that everyone get tested for colon cancer beginning at age 50. People should talk to their doctor about testing earlier if they have a family history of colon cancer or have a personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohns disease or ulcerative colitis.

The kits will be offered beginning today at Walgreens stores at Central and Hillside, 13th and Waco, Central and West, Harry and Broadway, 55th and Broadway, and Harry and Edgemoor.

They also will be available at AMS Labs at 2916 E. Central. The kits are made possible through a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, Via Christi Health, Walgreens, AMS Labs, Project Access, KU School of Medicine, Surgical Specialists, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Wichita Surgical Specialists, Kansas Surgical Arts, and Via Christi Volunteers/Partners in Caring.