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OMC to Offer Free Home Screening Tests for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

OMC to Offer Free Home Screening Tests for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

WEST PLAINS, Mo – In observance of Colorectal Cancer Awareness month in March, Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) is offering free home screening tests that will be available at OMC Family Medicine clinics as well as OMC Urgent Care Clinic in West Plains.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 140,000 cases of colorectal (colon) cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. Colon cancer is defined as a cancer that starts in the large intestine or the rectum. It is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women combined in the U.S. At the same time, colorectal cancer is also the most preventable and treatable type of cancer. The five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer found in its early stage is 90 percent, compared to 14 percent for colorectal cancer found at more advanced stages.

It is especially dangerous because in its early stages, colon cancer does not normally have noticeable symptoms. This makes early and regular screening particular critical. Most colon cancers develop first as polyps, which are abnormal growths inside the colon or rectum that may later become cancerous if not removed. For more information about colon screening, please visit: www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com/Colon.

Colon cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people 50 years or older. Because of this, all adults over 50 should have a screening colonoscopy, which is covered by most insurance plans. This disease takes the lives of more than 50,000 people every year. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer death. If you would like to schedule a screening colonoscopy, please call OMC Internal Medicine at 417-257-5989, or OMC Surgical Services at 417-255-9700.

“We are extremely proud of our expert screening team that is delivering innovative medicine and compassionate care right here in our community,” said Pam Ream, Vice President of the OMC Medical Group. “Since March is colon cancer awareness month, there is no better time to get screened and learn about early detection of colon cancer.”

March 1-31: Free Home Test available at OMC Clinics

Free home test for early detection of bowel disorders such as ulcers, hemorrhoids, colon cancer, polyps, colitis, diverticulitis, or fissures is available. The test is performed at home. No diet restrictions and no handling of stool. Pick up your free test at:

  • OMC Alton 100 Medical Drive
  • OMC Gainesville 37 Medical Drive
  • OMC Mammoth Spring/Thayer 1375 Nettleton Ave., Thayer
  • OMC Mountain Grove 500 E. 19th Street
  • OMC Mountain View 220 N. Elm Street
  • OMC West Plains 181 Kentucky Ave.
    OMC West Plains 312 Kentucky Ave.
  • OMC Winona 9104 State Highway 19
  • OMC Urgent Care 181 N. Kentucky, Suite 100, West Plains

Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care and 16 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about OMC, visit www.OzarksMedicalCenter.com.

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