Colon Cancer

Three Rivers Public Health Department (3RPHD) offers a limited supply of free Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) kits for men and women ages 45-74. These kits can be completed in the comfort of your home. Kits can be picked up at our main office located at 2400 N Lincoln Ave, Fremont, NE. Supplies are limited so please call 402-727-5396 first to verify availability.

According to the 3RPHD 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment, from 2013-2017 there were a total of 89 deaths due to colon cancer in the 3RPHD district. Nebraska had a total of 1,652 total deaths due to colon cancer in this same time frame. Colon cancer will strike 1 in 20 and both men and women are at equal risk. People with a family history of colon cancer are at higher risk and should begin screening at a younger age. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers, if it is found early.

Risk factors you cannot change:

  • Age: your risk gets higher as you get older
  • Having had colorectal cancer or certain kinds of polyps before
  • Having a history of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Race or ethnic background, such as being African American or Ashkenazi
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain family syndromes, like familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC, also called Lynch syndrome)

Risk factors linked to things you do:

  • Some lifestyle-related factors have been linked to a higher risk of colorectal cancer.
  • Certain types of diets: one that is high in red meats (beef, lamb, or liver) and processed meats (like hot dogs, bologna, and lunch meat) can increase your colorectal cancer risk.
  • Cooking meats at very high heat (frying, broiling, or grilling) can create chemicals that might increase cancer risk.
  • Lack of exercise
  • Being very overweight (or obese)
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use

Symptoms may include:

  • Blood in or on your stool (bowel movement)
  • Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that don’t go away
  • Losing weight and you don’t know why

There are many options for colon cancer screening. Talk with your doctor to figure out which screening option is best for you.

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Serving Dodge, Saunders & Washington Counties in Eastern Nebraska

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