Colon Cancer Awareness
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Free Colon Cancer Screening & Educational Workshops
Did you know that colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths? But here’s the good news: if caught early, your chance of survival is 90% after 5 years. That’s why regular screenings are so important—they can literally save your life!
So, what’s the deal with screening?
Well, it’s all about educating you on the risk factors of colorectal cancer and offering you a FREE at-home screening test. Catching colon cancer early can make a huge difference, increasing your chances of survival.
Watch to learn about the grant and its importance!
Here’s the easy part:
The screening takes just a few minutes at home. You’ll get a Stool-based Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) kit. It’s a simple and effective way to screen for colon cancer. Just follow the directions, send back your sample in the prepaid envelope, and you’re done.
And guess what?
The initial screening is FREE, thanks to a grant from Iowa Cancer Consortium, UnityPoint Health, and Gilda’s Club Quad Cities.
The results won’t keep you waiting long.
Within 2 weeks of sending your sample, we’ll contact you by phone or in writing with the results.
But what if your test comes back positive?
Don’t worry, it just means the test detected blood in your stool, which could be a sign of precancerous polyps or colorectal cancer. We’ll recommend further testing to be sure.
Concerned about the cost or other challenges?
If additional testing is needed, your insurance (like Medicaid/Medicare) often covers it. No insurance? No problem. There are programs to help with costs, and we can set you up with a social worker or Trinity Patient Financial Counselor. We’ll also connect you with various support services from Gilda’s Club Quad Cities.
Remember, early detection is key, and we’re here to make the process as easy and accessible as possible.
In-Person Events - 2024
If you are unable to attend an in-person event, you are welcome to watch a previously recorded one below.