Mar 12, 2020 7:59 PM

You still have time to get a free colorectal cancer screening kit

Posted Mar 12, 2020 7:59 PM
<b>Colon cancer screening kit.</b>&nbsp;Photo courtesy SRHC&nbsp;&nbsp;
Colon cancer screening kit. Photo courtesy SRHC  

Statistics say colorectal cancer is the third-most-common cancer found in both men and women. But fortunately, colorectal cancer found early is often highly curable.

In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, 800 free colorectal cancer screening kits are being made available to anyone age 45 to 75. The screening is recommended for those who have not had a recent colonoscopy. The kits can be picked up at all Salina and Lindsborg pharmacies, the Tammy Walker Cancer Center and Salina Family Healthcare Center while supplies last. A grant from the Salina Charities League is helping to underwrite the screening.

The screening uses an advanced fecal blood test that requires only one sample and has no food or drug restrictions. The samples can then be mailed to Tammy Walker Cancer Center for lab analysis via a pre-paid postage envelope provided. To save money on postage, participants also are welcome to return the tests in person to the Tammy Walker Cancer Center, 511 S. Santa Fe Ave. Results of the test will be mailed to both the patient and their primary care physician. Participants in the screening should return their samples for analysis by May 15.

Health officials recommend all men and women have a colonoscopy at age 50 to screen for colorectal cancer. Between colonoscopies patients can screen with a fecal blood test. Other tests may also be recommended by your physician. Those with a family history of the disease should consider screening at a younger age. African Americans are also known to be at an increased risk for colorectal cancer.

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UPDATE: U.S. 81 mill and overlay begins Monday in Cloud County

UPDATE: This project was rescheduled to begin today, according to KDOT.

CLOUD COUNTY -- On Monday, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin a mill and overlay project on U.S. Highway 81, beginning at the Cloud/Ottawa county line and continuing north for approximately three miles.

Traffic will be reduced to one 12-foot lane with a reduced speed through the work zone. Drivers should expect minor delays, not exceeding five minutes.

APAC Inc. of Hutchinson is the prime contractor and has scheduled this project to be completed in May 2020, weather permitting, at a cost of $735,000.

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert and obey the warning signs when approach and driving through a highway work zone.  To stay aware of all road construction projects across Kansas go to www.kandrive.org or call 5-1-1.