The month of March is National Colorectal Awareness Month. Colorectal Cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum and is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. But it doesn’t have to be! If everyone aged 50 years or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). People with colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer may or may not have any symptoms. Symptoms may include blood in or on your stool, stomach pain, aches, or cramps that don’t go away, and weight loss.
LRGHealthcare is in the fourth year of a five year program with the New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (NHCRCSP) funded by a grant from the CDC. The grant offers free colorectal cancer screenings to qualified individuals in New Hampshire. We are pleased to state that over 175 patients referred by LRGHealthcare doctors have been eligible for a free colorectal cancer screening (colonoscopy) through this program.
Patients have the ability to be referred to the NHCRCSP through July 2014. To be eligible one must meet all of the following criteria:
50-64 years old
Resident of NH
At or below 250% of federal income guidelines
Uninsured or underinsured (defined as having a large deductable, co-pay, or co-insurance)
Average risk for colorectal cancer
Dr. Rick Wilson, Director of Practice Development at LRGHealthcare, stated that “Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the state of New Hampshire. The good news is that colon cancer can be prevented or detected early if screened on a regular basis.”
The NHCRCSP can be reached at 603-653-3702 for direct enrollment, or talk to your Primary Care Provider for more information.
LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.