The Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois will distribute free colorectal home test kits in August across the region.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. It is also the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.
The kits will be available at the following locations:
August 5: 4 - 6 p.m., Passavant Area Hospital, 1600 W. Walnut St., Jacksonville.
August 6: 4 - 6 p.m., Passavant Area Hospital, 1600 W. Walnut St., Jacksonville.
August 24: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., HSHS St. John’s Hospital Cancer Center, 301 N. 8th St., Springfield
August 26: 4 – 6 p.m., Memorial Drive-Thru Lab, 4th and Carpenter, Springfield
August 27: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., HSHS St. John’s Hospital Cancer Center, 301 N. 8th St., Springfield
August 27: 8 – 10 a.m., Cancer Care Center of Decatur, 210 W. McKinley Ave., Decatur
August 27: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Taylorville Memorial Hospital, 1600 N. Walnut St., Taylorville
August 31: 5 – 7 p.m., Simmons Cancer Institute, 751 N. Rutledge, Springfield.
August 2021: Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 200 Stahlhut Drive, Lincoln. Contact Angela Stoltzenburg at (217) 605–5008.
The screening kits do not substitute for a colonoscopy, the best method to detect colorectal cancer. Regularly scheduled screenings in the form of colonoscopies can prevent cancer from developing if precancerous polyps are detected and removed before they become cancer. Regular screenings can also find cancer in its earliest stages when it can be treated.
The screenings are recommended for individuals age 45 and older, people who have a history of colorectal polyps or inflammatory bowel disease, a diet high in processed food or red meat, smokers and individuals who are obese or have heavy alcohol use. More than half of all colorectal cancers can be linked to risk factors that can be changed.
Survival rates for colon and rectum cancer are nearly 90 percent when the cancer is diagnosed before it has extended beyond the intestinal wall, according to the American Cancer Society.
Members of the Regional Cancer Partnership of Central Illinois are Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, American Cancer Society, Central Counties Health Centers, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Illinois Emergency Management Agency - Radon Division, Illinois Department of Public Health, Logan County Health Department, Mia Ware Foundation in Jacksonville, Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Regional Cancer Center at Memorial Medical Center, Sangamon County Department of Public Health, Sangamon County Medical Society, Simmons Cancer Institute, SIU Medicine, Springfield Urban League, St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, St. John’s Hospital Cancer Center located at the Pavilion, Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Susan G. Komen Memorial, Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Cass County Health Department.
For more information, call Shannon Davis, Springfield Clinic Oncology Nurse Navigator at St. John’s Cancer Center at (217) 525-5640.