KLFY AND WALGREENS PHARMACY ARE GIVING OUT FREE TEST KITS FOR COLON CANCER AWARENESS
- WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO GET ONE AND THEN GET TEST RESULTS?
The test kits are used to test blood in the stool. This finding is never normal and can indicate a polyp or lesion in the colon that is growing and causing bleeding. The test is easy to do – instructions are on the package and there is an 800 number to call if you need assistance. It is as simple as dropping a reactant into the toilet after a bowel movement that changes color if blood is detected. This is done on 3 different days as some bleeding from polyps or growths will occur intermittently. You fill out the test card as directed and mail it to us in the prepaid envelope. Lafayette General Endoscopy Center staff will analyze your test and send you a letter with your results and suggested follow-up.
- WHERE CAN THESE FREE TEST KITS BE PICKED UP?
The distribution sites are all Walgreens Pharmacy locations in the Acadiana area..
- WHAT ABOUT THE FREE COLONOSCOPY?
LGEC will be giving away 5 colonoscopies. To be eligible, you must be 50 years of age or 45 for African Americans or 40 years old with a family history of colon cancer in 1st degree relative before age 60 and you never have had a colonoscopy before. You can register for the free colonoscopy – again at all Acadiana area Walgreens Pharmacy locations
- WHO IS AT RISK FOR COLON CANCER?
90% of new colon cancer cases are found in patients age 50 or older, which is why we recommend a screening colonoscopy at age 50 for the general population with average risk. Starting at age 45 is recommended for those of African American and Latin descent as these groups have been shown to develop colon cancer at an earlier age. Anyone with an existing disease of the colon – such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease has an increased risk of developing cancer and should be screened at an earlier age as well as those with a family history of colon cancer in a 1st degree relative (parent, sibling, child) diagnosed before age 60.
- WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT COLON CANCER?
Studies have suggested a high fiber, low fat diet; moderate consumption of alcohol, no use of tobacco products and moderate exercise helps decrease risk. Also, adding vitamin d, folic acid, calcium and a low dose aspirin daily may provide some added protection against the formation of polyps, but everyone should check with their personal physician before taking any type of medication or supplement.
Pick up your free test kit at any of the following Walgreens locations:
|1106 Highway 171 #2919 Lake Charles, LA. 70601 337-436-7944|
|1017 E. Admiral Doyle Dr. #4192 New Iberia, LA. 70560 337-367-9668|
|2700 Johnston Street #4566 Lafayette, LA. 70503 337-232-3664|
|2517 Kaliste Saloom Rd. #4626 Lafayette, LA. 70508 337-988-6383|
|2822 Ambassador Caffery Dr. #5629 Lafayette, LA. 70506 337-216-9122|
|3747 Moss Street #5747 Lafayette, LA. 70507 337-291-9055|
|1102 Parkview Dr. #7166 New Iberia, LA. 70563 337-560-1554|
|2201 Veterans Memorial Blvd. #7393 Abbeville, LA. 70510 337-898-0629|
|410 Cresswell Lane #7426 Opelousas, LA. 70570 337-942-2459|
|1401 Rees Street #7696 Breaux Bridge, LA. 70570 337-507-3810|
|1204 The Boulevard #9862 Rayne, LA. 70578 337-334-6608|
|105 Saint Nazaire Road #10126 Broussard, LA. 70518 337-837-1946|
|806 Odd Fellows Road #10399 Crowley, LA. 70526 337-783-0695|
|1804 Elton Road #10577 Jennings, LA. 70546 337-824-0945|
|5416 Cameron Street #11997 Scott, LA. 70583 337-266-8940|
|920 W. Gloria Switch Road #12428 Lafayette, LA. 70507 337-896-0128|
|6130 Johnston Street #13134 Lafayette, LA. 337-984-1057|
|2820 E. Milton Ave. #13761 Youngsville,LA. 70592 337-856-9910|