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M. D. Anderson to Offer Free Colorectal Screening Kits March 29, 2000

M. D. Anderson to Offer Free Colorectal Screening Kits March 29, 2000
M. D. Anderson News Release 03/28/00

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center will offer colorectal cancer screening kits free of charge in the Cancer Prevention Center.

The free kits will be available Wednesday, Mar. 29, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Individuals may pick up the free kits in the Cancer Prevention Center.

"We’re offering the kits to draw attention to the first ever National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month during March," says Dr. Bernard Levin, M. D. Anderson’s vice president for cancer prevention.

Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second leading cancer killer, with an estimated 56,500 deaths in the United States expected this year, according to the American Cancer Society. In Texas, an estimated 3,600 deaths are expected in 2000.

"This disease is about 90% curable when detected early through regular screening, including use of colorectal cancer screening kits that we’re making available on March 29," Dr. Levin says.

Colorectal cancer screening kits are fecal occult blood tests that detect hidden blood in the stool. Kits, which are completed at home, include stool blood cards to be used for three consecutive bowel movements. Appropriate packaging and storage instructions are included in the kits. Completed kits are mailed through regular mail to the Cancer Prevention Center in the envelope provided. Health professionals inform individuals of test results and provide recommendations based on the results.

Screening should begin at age 50, or earlier for individuals with a family history of the disease, he says. In addition to the annual fecal occult blood test, recommendations for colorectal cancer screening include the following:

  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years.
  • Double contrast barium enema every five to 10 years or colonoscopy every 10 years may be substituted in place of the other tests.

For more information, call the M. D. Anderson Information Line at 1-800-392-1611. For more information about cancer, call the Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER.


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