Springfield – Free colorectal cancer homes test kits are being distributed by the Regional Partnership of Illinois as part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Kits are not a specific test for colon cancer but they can detect the presence of blood which can be an indicator of several different medical conditions. The screening kit does not substitute for a colonoscopy.
A short consent form is required to pick up a home screening kit. After completing the kit at home individuals mail it back in a provided pre-addressed envelope. In a short time you will receive a letter back with results of the test.
Testing and processing is done in collaboration with the Sangamon County Health Department.
Kits can be obtained at the Sangamon County Health Department 10am – 2pm Tuesday, March 22nd; 2pm-4pm Tuesday, March 29; and 2pm – 4pm; March 30th. Additional dates and locations are available. Contact the Sangamon County Health Department at (217) 535-3100.
(Picture: Celeste Wiley of Memorial Medical Center explains a colorectal home test kit.)