Throughout the Month of March free at home colon test kits will be provided by Lafayette General Endoscopy Center and distributed by Walgreens across Acadiana as part of the Test for Life Campaign.
“It’s unbelievable to think that I would be dying,” says colon cancer survivor Susan Dominello.
Last year when Susan picked up her kit at Walgreens last year, she also entered a drawing for a free colonoscopy, which she won. She’d never been screened because she felt healthy, but the test proved otherwise; she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She says the test for life campaign saved her life.
“If I had not heard it on TV, if I had not gone to Walgreens that day if I had not seen that box and if my name wouldn’t have been pulled.I thank doctor Abshire and the TV station and everybody everyday.”
Doctor Stephen Abshire with LGEC says the kit is a simple test that can be done in privacy and says “These little sheets of paper…you throw them in the commode after a bowl movement and they’ll turn color if there is blood in the stool.”
Studies show that the rate of colon cancer is 40% higher than the national average. For that reason, LGEC’s Doctor Jacque Noel says it’s important to raise community awareness.
Doctor Abshire says, “We want to help the population. This is a common disease and a killer in this country and it’s something we can prevent. So if you can prevent disease and save lives, I mean that’s what practicing medicine is all about.”
Those who return completed test kits by April 15th will be eligible to win an iPad or a $300 visa gift card.
Later this week, the Louisiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Center is providing a giant, inflatable walk through colon exhibit for the first time in Louisiana. The exhibit will be displayed Friday morning March 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University Hospital and Monday March 23rd at Lafayette General’s Burdin Riehl Center.