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Colorectal Screening Kits Available at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital February 28, 2013

LAKE FOREST, IL – Beginning March 1, to celebrate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital is providing free colorectal screening kits for community members. Screening kits will be available through the end of the year and can be picked up in the Gastrointestinal (GI) Lab at the hospital.

Among cancers that affect women and men, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. More than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year and more than 50,000 die from it. More than 90 percent of colorectal cancer cases occur in people 50 years or older.

For those 50 years or older, taking a screening test for colorectal cancer could save their lives. Colorectal screening tests can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening can also detect the cancer early when treatment often leads to a cure.

Learn more about Northwestern Medicine Cancer Care.

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