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Passavant Hospital Offering Colorectal Testing Drive-Thru

Here's something you don't see every day: a colorectal testing drive-thru.

Passavant Area Hospital and the Mia Ware Foundation are teaming up with hopes of cutting down on the number of patients diagnosed with cancer.

Residents in the Jacksonville area were able to pick up a free cancer screening kit at Passavant, and then complete the screening at home.

Colon cancer can strike both men and women, and usually occurs at an early age. That's why organizers say early detection of any type of cancer is key.

"I know of a gentleman who, a few years ago, he was in his 30s, and he did not know he had symptoms," Mia Ware Foundation board member Kim Brogden said. "And by the time he got to a physician, it was too late."

Doctors say colon cancer screenings should start for everyone beginning at the age of 50, but if you have a family history of the cancer, experts say you should start the screening process sooner.

Organizers say the earlier cancer is detected, the greater the survival rate.

If you're interested in getting a free cancer screening kit, contact Passavant Hospital.

 
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