Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from the disease. With regular screening, colon cancer can be found early, when treatment is most effective.
During the month of March — Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month — Valley Medical Group will be offering complimentary colorectal cancer screening kits at its 18 primary care practice locations.
One hundred colorectal cancer screening kits will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at each of the participating practices, which are located in Bergen, Passaic and Morris counties. The screening will consist of the Hemoccult test, which is a simple test that detects blood in the stool (bowel movements). It is a very sensitive test and can detect a small trace of blood even before it is visible to the naked eye.
The kits will be available at participating Valley Medical Group practices starting March 1 and throughout the month of March as long as supplies last. To find a participating Valley Medical Group practice near you, please call 1-800-637-1136, or visit www.ValleyMedicalGroup.com/screening. Appointments are not necessary, but it is recommended that you call ahead to make sure screening kits are still available.