March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and IU Health is offering free colorectal cancer take-home screening kits at a variety of locations throughout Starke, Marshall, and LaPorte counties. Colorectal cancer can affect anyone, but it’s easy to detect early, allowing doctors to treat the condition effectively.
Anyone aged 50 or older is at an increased risk for developing cancer, so physicians are asking everyone over the age of 50 to undergo a screening to stay on top of their health. While it’s a wise idea to undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years after reaching the age of 50, taking a screening is a good way to ensure your well-being.
Warning signs for colorectal cancer include changes in bowel habits, severe long-lasting diarrhea, severe constipation, or significant changes in stool consistency, as well as rectal bleeding or blood in your stool. However, even without those symptoms, undergoing a free screening couldn’t hurt.
Kits may be picked up at:
IU Health Starke Hospital, 102 E. Culver Rd., Knox
IU Health Wellness Services at LifeWorks, 3777 N. Frontage Rd., Michigan City
IU Health Wellness Services at The Crossing, 1203 Washington St., La Porte
IU Health Wellness Services at Sagamore Center, 600 Legacy Plaza, Monroe St., La Porte
Kits are also available at the following IU Health La Porte Physician offices:
Internal Medicine, Drs. Arulandu and Tumuluri, 7002 W Johnson Rd., La Porte
Internal Medicine, Dr. Abdo, 402 W. Culver Rd., Knox
Primary Care, Dr. Browne, 402 W. Culver Rd., Knox
Primary Care, Dr. Bejes, 414 Lane St., North Judson
Primary Care, Dr. Holm, 2855 Miller Dr., Suite 117, Plymouth
Primary Care, Dr. Macker, 156 Flynn Rd., Westville
Surgery Care, Dr. Subba Rao, 104 E. Culver Rd., Knox
Call 219-326-2048 or toll-free 800-235-6204, ext. 2048 for more information.