Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois offering free cancer tests


SPRINGFIELD - As part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois is distributing free colorectal cancer home test kits during March.

Officials say the home screening is recommended for people over the age of 50, are obese, have heavy alcohol use, have a history of colorectal polyps, or who have a diet with large amounts of processed food or red meat.  The home test detects the presence of blood, which can indicate several medical conditions.  However, Partnership officials say the best method to detect colorectal cancer is to have regularly scheduled colonoscopies.

We've included a list of locations where the tests can be picked up below:

- Senior Center, 701 W. Mason St., Springfield, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16.  

- Koke Mill Medical Center, 3132 Old Jacksonville Rd., Springfield, west end lobby, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22.

- Sangamon County Public Health Department, 2833 S. Grand Avenue West, Springfield, 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22; 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29; 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.; and 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30.  

- Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W. Carpenter Street, Springfield, 3:00 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, and 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 24.

- Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Main Lobby, 200 Stahlhut Drive, Lincoln, 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 and 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23.

In order to obtain a home screening kit, you must sign a short consent form.  The test will be mailed back in a pre-addressed envelope, and participants will receive a letter notifying them of their results.

For more information on this test, call (217) 757-7684.

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