(Highland, IL) – In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland is offering Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) Kits for $10.

During the month of March, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., community members can purchase a FIT Kit at the front desk in the main lobby of the hospital.
 
A FIT Kit is a new way to screen for potential signs of colorectal cancer in the privacy of your home. These kits are encouraged for use by anyone age 45-75 who have no prior history of colon cancer or polyps, or have never been screened for colon cancer.  
 
“Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men & women combined,” said Deb Elledge, RN Nurse Navigator at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland. “If detected early, colorectal cancer is treatable and beatable. About 1 in 3 adults aged 50 and older are still not getting screened as recommended.  It is our hope that through education and awareness we can make an impact on those who have delayed or chosen not to be screened. Having this option can help save lives”
 
“Also, our hospital has embraced a new initiative promoted by the American Cancer Society called “80% in Every Community” that promotes education on ways to   increase colorectal screening rates and continued efforts in reducing colorectal cancer diagnosis as a major public health problem in our community,” explained Elledge.
 
For more information, contact Deb, RN Nurse Navigator at (618) 651-2885.

Media Contact

Ashley Gramann

Manager, Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 526-5439
ashley.gramann@hshs.org

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