The Moore American

Local News

March 12, 2014

NRHS offers free at-home colorectal cancer screening

MOORE — March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Screening is an important step in diagnosing and treating cancer. But many people don’t get screened regularly, especially for colorectal cancer. Transportation, money and time are all barriers to screening.

Norman Regional wants to remove those barriers by offering a free, at-home screening kit. All people need to do is follow the instructions included in the kit to send in their sample. NRH will test the sample and inform individuals of their test results.

The Walgreens pharmacies in Norman and Moore and the Physicians and Surgeons Pharmacy in Norman have partnered with NRHS to distribute the kits to the community. These kits are available while supplies last. It is important the tests are completed and submitted within two weeks of receiving the kit.

Within three to four weeks of returning their kit, participants will receive a letter with their results. If they provide the name and address of their physician, Norman Regional can mail him or her a copy of the results as well.

Participants are strongly encouraged to discuss the findings of this test with their physician, regardless of the results.

Colorectal cancer risk factors include: being over the age of 50, a personal history of colorectal polyps, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, and having Type 2 diabetes.

In addition, the Health System provides community resources such as free cancer screenings like this one, and support groups for those battling cancer. Norman Regional Hospital is the first hospital in Oklahoma to have an American Cancer Society Resource Center.

This center provides free support to cancer patients, their families, and their caregivers.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Heathplex Healthplex, EMSStat recognized

    Norman Regional Health System’s Healthplex and EMSStat teams were recognized Thursday by the American Heart Association, receiving a Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • DHS opens lecture series

    People leaving incarceration face a variety of challenges even without a diagnosis of mental illness. But for those who face mental

    July 23, 2014

  • ‘Magic Kids’ get royal treatment

    A Moore elementary student is among three metro children honored by Oklahoma City radio station, KMGL-FM, as “Magic Kids” for their outstanding contributions to their families, schools and local communities.

    July 23, 2014

  • Toothpick holders’ convention coming

    Lynne Ryan has been collecting toothpick holders her entire life. “My parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. ‘Bud’ Gibbs started our collectio

    July 23, 2014

  • Gang member charged in shooting

    An Oklahoma City man police identified as a gang member was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon Thursday after sh

    July 23, 2014

  • Angels protect us

    A co-worker unpacked a box of copy machine paper from a cardboard box and got a nasty paper cut. Because the source was cardboard, it was deeper than most and the bleeding was difficult to stop.

    July 23, 2014

  • Southmoore student wins gold at National FCCLA

    More than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country recen

    July 23, 2014

  • Sculpture brings tornado-torn community back together

    After the May 20 tornado tore through Moore in 2013, hundreds of families were left to pick up the pieces. And it was in these old, shattered pieces of people’s homes and scattered debris that two local artists found something new.

    July 22, 2014

  • Panel explains forced labor system

    Many topics were discussed over the course of three days during the 2014 Oklahoma Judicial Conference, but one of the newest issues

    July 22, 2014

  • Moore shut out of prevention aid

    As a massive tornado bore down on Moore on the afternoon of May 20, 2013, residents scrambled to find shelter. Some retreated to safe rooms at home or in buildings. Many hid in closets, bathrooms or hallways.

    July 22, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide