2017-03-16 / Healthy Living

FoundCare to offer colorectal cancer screenings

FoundCare Inc. is marking Colon Cancer Awareness Month by holding a day dedicated to colorectal cancer screenings on March 23.

A new study by the American Cancer Society finds that after several decades of declining incidence rates in older adults, young adults are now experiencing a sharp rise in colon and rectal cancer. The study shows people born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer compared to baby boomers, who have the lowest risk.

Experts say screenings such as those offered at FoundCare can help detect growths called polyps that can be removed before becoming cancerous. Screening involves answering questions and completing a quick, easy and noninvasive process.

The screenings are made possible, in part, by an $8,500 grant from the American Cancer Society. Anyone who completes a screening will receive a free $10 gift card to Walmart. Everyone is eligible, not just current patients. Appointments — available 8 a.m.-8 p.m. — are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made by calling (561) HEALTHY, or (561) 432-5849.

FoundCare Inc. is a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center that accepts most insurance plans, Medicaid, Medicare and self-pay on a sliding fee scale that is based on income and family size. For more information about FoundCare, call (561) HEALTHY, or (561) 432-5849. ¦

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