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Pinckneyville, IL 62274
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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.

The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why it’s so important to get screened.

To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, Pinckneyville Community Hospitalis proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

On Monday, March 23, Dr. Raymond Smith, from the Quincy Medical Group, will be presenting during a luncheon. Dr. Smith will discuss colon cancer, the risk factors for colon cancer development, symptoms of colon cancer, and why everyone should get screened.

The luncheon is free to the public and will be held in the lower level classroom of Pinckneyville Community Hospital at 11:30 a.m.  There is no charge for the program and meal, but seating is limited.  Reservations are requested by NOON on Wednesday, March 18.  Please call Jennifer Barbour at 618-357-8898 to reserve your spot.

On Monday, March 31, the Oncology & Infusion Clinic and Laboratory at Pinckneyville Community Hospital have teamed up offer free colorectal cancer screenings. The screenings can be done in the privacy of your own home. Interested individuals, simply need to pull up to the tent in the Family Medical CenterParking Lot to pick up a kit, take the kit home, follow the instructions, and bring the test back to the Laboratory at Pinckneyville Community Hospital for complimentary testing.

People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  • Get screened starting at age 50.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy.