Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest form of cancer in the U.S., affecting men and women of all racial and ethnic groups. Undergoing screening, especially for those ages 50 or older, can stop cancer before it starts or identify it early enough to provide the best prognosis for recovery.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant decrease in colon cancer screening, threatening to regress years of progress toward early detection and treatment of the disease. In 2020, there were an estimated 1.7 million missed colonoscopies nationwide as four out of every 10 Americans delayed or avoided medical care during the pandemic because of concerns about COVID-19.
There are multiple safe, affordable options available for screening, including free, at-home test kits available here in the Nebraska Panhandle. Individuals are encouraged to contact their primary care provider to start a conversation about screening. If you are between 50 – 74, call us today to get your Free, at-home FOBT (fecal occult blood test) test kit today by calling 308-220-8020 or 308-227-2217, or by completing the online registration form here: