Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- With improvements in prevention, early detection and treatment, more than a million people in the United States can count themselves as survivors of colon or rectum cancer.Onondaga County’s Cancer Services Program
is offering a free kit to those who are over the age of 50 and uninsured. The kit will help detect any abnormalities that could indicate cancer.
The best part about the kit is that you don’t need a doctor’s appointment and it's a test you can take in the privacy of your own home. It could save your life.
To get your "Fit Kit," call the Onondaga County Services Program at 315-435-3653.
Of the cancers that affect both men and women, Onondaga County health officials say colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S., yet it’s also one of the most preventable and treatable cancers when detected early.
About 250 cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed each year in Onondaga County, according to the health department.
Additional resources on the web –CDC: Basic Information About Colorectal Cancer American Cancer Society: Can Colorectal Cancer be Prevented? American Cancer Society: What Causes Colorectal Cancer?