For Immediate Release
March 25, 2010
Contact: Vicki L. Duey, Four Corners Health Department
402-362-2621, toll free 877-337-3573
I have a question for you…so, how’s your colon? Not exactly everyday conversation, is it? But you really should know the answer, for your own peace of mind. If you’re 50 or older, the American Cancer Society recommends you get tested for colon cancer. It’s one cancer that can actually be prevented! Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. Did you know that Nebraska is 8th out of 50 states for colon cancer incidence and 17th in the nation for colon cancer deaths? Most people who get colon cancer have no history of the disease. If colon cancer is detected early, it is 90% curable. Colon cancer usually starts with a growth, called a polyp, that is not cancerous yet. Testing can help your doctor tell if there is a problem, and some tests can find a growth before it does become cancer. Colon cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable. Four Corners Public Health Nurse, Val Tvrdy, states “you can have this disease without even knowing it and before symptoms start. This is why it is so important to take the initiative and get screened once you turn 50”.
Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) screening kits are available through the Four Corners Health Department. Other sites in the Four Corners District that are distributing FOBT kits are listed on the Four Corners website at: www.fourcorners.ne.gov.
Nebraska has a Colon Cancer Screening Program that helps men and women 50 years of age and older make decisions about colon cancer screening. Services include:
- Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) kit for at home testing
- Information about healthy living
If you are 50 years of age and older, live in Nebraska, and have a low to medium income you may qualify for the program. Call the Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program for more information at 1-800-532-2227 or visit their website at www.StayInTheGameNE.com.
The Four Corners Health Department and the Four Corners Cancer Control Coalition encourage everyone over the age of 50 to “Stay In The Game” and get screened for colon cancer. The Four Corners Cancer Control Coalition was initiated in 2003 shortly after the development of the Four Corners Health Department. It is a four-county wide organization of various business partners, organizations, cancer survivors, and other community members from Butler County, Polk County, Seward County and York County that have been touched in some way by cancer or have a desire to assist with cancer awareness and education. Recruitment of new coalition members is an ongoing process and new members are always welcome. This group meets every other month at rotating sites throughout the four counties of Butler, Polk, Seward and York. The Coalition’s Mission is “to serve as a resource for the Four Corners Community through the promotion of cancer awareness and prevention education, early detection through screenings, and providing support and encouragement to those touched by cancer”. If you are interested in learning more about the Four Corners Cancer Control Coalition, please contact Val Tvrdy, Public Health Nurse, at Four Corners Health Department, 877-337-3573.