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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second deadliest type of cancer in the U.S.  In Illinois 17 people are diagnosed with the disease every day.  In the U.S. there are three “Hotspots” for CRC.

All seven Southern Illinois counties are located inside a hotspot and the number of cases is growing.

In response, Southern 7 Health Department will host several walk-in Fecal Immunochemical Tests (FIT) Clinics in November and December for anyone age 50 who hasn’t had a colonoscopy in the last 10 years.

This highly sensitive, take home test detects blood in the stool, which may indicate possible colon cancer, with a 99% accuracy rate.  It’s non-invasive and requires no prep by the patient.  FIT does not replace a colonoscopy; it is an option for colorectal cancer screening. FIT is not a cancer preventative, cure or treatment for colon cancer. 

FIT Clinics will be held on a walk-in basis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at these locations:

• 11/14 – Massac County Health Department in Metropolis

• 11/18 – Alexander County Health Department in Cairo

• 11/19 – Pulaski County Health Department in Ullin

• 12/2 – Union County Health Department in Anna

• 12/3 – Johnson County Health Department in Vienna

• 12/4 – Hardin County Health Department in Elizabethtown

• 12/4 – Pope County Health Department in Golconda

With qualified insurance, the test is available at no charge to the patient if returned to Southern 7 Health Department within two weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 50.  If colon cancer is found early, nine out of 10 people will have a long-term survival and can be cured from the disease.  Unfortunately, about 40 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are found in late stages when the survival rate is very low.  As a result, Southern 7 recommends early and continued screenings as part of your overall healthcare routine.

To learn more about the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), contact Southern 7 Health Department at 618-634-2297. 

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