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Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC Urges Colorectal Screenings During March

(888) 616-4687

03/03/2015

March is National Colorectal CancerAwareness Month, bringing attention to the type of cancer people are often too embarrassed to talk about. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer (commonly called colon cancer) remains the third-deadliest cancer in the U.S. among men and women despite decreases in death rates over the past two decades. It is expected to cause almost 50,000 deaths in the U.S. during 2015.Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC wants to change that statistic.

Cancer Center staff will distribute free fecal immunochemical test (FIT) kits that detect blood in the stool at the locations listed below:

Saturday, March 7

9 – 11 a.m. and 12 – 2 p.m.

Stage, 6435 Hwy. 182E, Morgan City

Monday, March 9

9 – 11 a.m. and 12 – 2 p.m.

Best Buy, 1640 Martin Luther King Blvd.,Houma

Monday, March 30

9 – 11 a.m. and 12 – 2 p.m.

Walmart, 933 Grand Caillou Rd., Houma

Tuesday, March 31

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Stage, 6435 Hwy. 182E, Morgan City

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Colorectal cancer usually causes no symptoms in its earliest stages, making screening vitally important. The take-home kit, which must be picked up by the user, is not a substitute for a colonoscopy but is just one form of colorectal cancer screening. The best method for colorectal cancer screening is a colonoscopy.

The primary risk factor for colorectal cancer is age. More than 90 percent of cases are diagnosed in individuals older than 50. The Cancer Center is currently offering a free online assessment at www.mbptgmc.org/colorectalto help determine if someone is at high risk for the disease and if they should contact their doctor about discussing screening options. Fifty is the recommended age to begin colorectal cancer screening unless there is a family history, in which case screening should start earlier.

“Last year alone, a total of 1,500 people attended 87 separate screening events conducted by Mary Bird Perkins at TGMC,”said Phyllis Peoples, President and CEO of TGMC. “This is another way that we are taking the lead in being a proactive community partner by providing free screenings to help improve the wellbeing of south Louisiana residents,” saidMrs. Peoples.

Breast and skin cancer screenings will be available at several of the colorectal cancer screenings. Breast cancer screenings require an appointment. For more information or to schedule a breast cancer screening, please visit mbptgmc.org/screenings or call (888) 616-4687.

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For more information please call

985-873-4141