March was Colon Cancer Awareness month, but residents living in Nodaway County have access to free colon cancer screening kits. Kits are available at SSM Health St Francis Hospital from physician offices and as requested through the hospital’s lab department. They are also available to any patient of the SSM Health Medical Group in the Northwest Missouri region.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that over 50,000 deaths will be caused by colorectal cancer in 2017.
Photo: Lab supervisor Joni Jenson (left) goes over the contents of the colorectal cancer screening kits available through SSM Health St. Francis Hospital with new lab director Fred Schumann.