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Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colon cancer is one of the few cancers that can be prevented through screening. If you’re 50 or over we encourage you to take advantage of our FREE screening this March, in honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month. You’ll even be eligible for a prize giveaway just for participating!

Here's how it works:

Simply visit Onslow Diagnostics, located at 200 Memorial Drive, during the month of March to pick up your screening kit. Follow the easy directions to collect a sample at home, then bring the completed kit, which is packaged so that no one knows what you are carrying, back to Onslow Diagnostics for testing. We will then contact you with the results and any further instructions. You MUST turn in your kit to be eligible for the prize.

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About the screening:

  • This is a Fecal Occult Blood Stool Screening, which tests for blood in the stool. The idea behind this test is that blood vessels in larger colorectal polyps or cancers are often fragile and easily damaged by the passage of feces. The damaged vessels usually bleed into the feces, but only rarely is there enough bleeding for blood to be seen in the stool
  • The test is done with an easy-to-use kit which comes with detailed instructions that you can use in the privacy of your own home
  • If your results are positive, a colonoscopy will likely be needed to find the reason for the bleeding

What to know before taking the screening:

According to the American Cancer Society, some foods or drugs have been known to affect the results, so you may be instructed to avoid the following before taking the test:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve) or aspirin (more than 1 adult aspirin per day), for 7 days before testing. Note: People should try to avoid taking NSAIDs for minor aches. But if you take these medicines daily for heart problems or other conditions, don't stop them for this test without talking to your doctor first.
  • Vitamin C in excess of 250 mg daily from either supplements or citrus fruits and juices for 3 days before testing
  • Red meats (beef, lamb or liver) for 3 days before testing

This is a community service provided by Onslow Memorial, the health and wellness leader for the Jacksonville area.