HARRISON --Not counting skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 141,210 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed this year.
Thanks to colorectal cancer screening, polyps can be found and removed before they become cancerous. Colorectal cancer found earlier can result in earlier treatment and better outcomes for patients.
Signs and symptoms of colon cancer are bleeding from the rectum or blood in the stool, a change in bowel habits, narrow stools, feeling like you have to have a bowel movement even after you already had one, cramping or gnawing stomach pain, or unexplained weight loss.
NARMC will again provide a free colorectal screening as a service to the community. To participate in this year's screening, call (870) 414-4300 Monday, March 26, through Friday, March 30, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to secure your screening supplies. Be prepared to provide the volunteer with your full legal name and your correct mailing address. You may pick up your supplies at The Claude Parrish Radiation Therapy Institute.
Once you receive your supplies you will perform the test in the privacy of your own home. Return your specimens in person to the Claude Parrish Radiation Therapy Institute Monday, April 16, or Tuesday, April 17, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Your results will be mailed to you in six to eight weeks.