March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Valor Health, Gem County Idaho-
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and every year about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease. The good news is that colorectal cancer is highly preventable with proper screening and preventative action.

Speaking to your doctor about your risk is always a great place to start. There are many things that you can do to prevent risk, like staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol and not smoking. People aged 50-75 should be screened regularly and people 40 years of age with higher risk factors should also take screening precautions. Screening can lead to early detection, when treatments are most effective.

In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Valor Health is providing free colorectal screening kits to our patients and community members. You can find these kits at any Valor Health location and participating local pharmacies and medical clinics. The easy-to-use testing kits can be used in the privacy of your home and dropped off at any Valor Health Location. The results of these tests will be shared with your primary care provider and you for follow-up. If you have questions about where to find testing kits, or more information about the process, please contact Valor Health Laboratory at (208) 901-3255.