In recognition of colorectal cancer awareness month employees at United Community Health Center sported "Blue attire," Friday. Wearing blue on March 6 is an effort to raise awareness about colon cancer screening in the first annual National Dress in Blue Day.
The purpose of Dress in Blue Day is to promote awareness about colorectal cancer and to encourage people to get screened. The idea for 'Dress in Blue' originated in 2006 when a Colon Cancer Alliance volunteer and co-founder of Colon S.T.A.R.S. of Seattle wanted to find an effective way to honor a friend who had recently passed away from colon cancer and recognize others who had lost their fight against colorectal cancer. In 2009, the CCA, excited by the idea, worked with the group to bring national recognition to the 'Dress in Blue Day."
In conjunction with March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, United Community Health Center is offering free Colorectal Cancer Screening kits to the public. Individuals wishing to participate in the free cancer screening test are invited to stop by UCHC located at 630 Ontario St, Storm Lake to receive the screening kit.
Once the screening kit is completed by the individual it should be returned to UCHC for processing. You do not need to be a current patient of UCHC to participate in this free cancer screening event. The screening test results will be reported to your family physician for follow up.
Data supports a high incidence of late-stage colorectal cancer in Buena Vista County and surrounding counties. Early detection is a key component in battling colorectal cancer and UCHC is here to assist you.
Screening kits are available beginning March 11 and will continue through the month of March. Stop by UCHC during clinic hours to pick up your colorectal cancer screening kit and take the first step in protecting yourself from cancer. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States, killing as many as people as breast cancer and AIDS combined but when caught and diagnosed early, it can be treated quickly and effectively.
Clinic hours at UCHC will change on March 16 to Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the clinic at 213-0109 for more information.
In recognition of colorectal cancer awareness month, UCHC will also participate with the Storm Lake Area Cancer Task Force in the forum entitled, "Color us Blue: Reducing the Risk of Colorectal Cancer in the Storm Lake Area," on March 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at the Storm Lake Middle School Media Center.