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Colorectal cancer free at home screenings being made available to Fremont County through LOR Foundation grant

Published: Mar. 19, 2021 at 9:18 PM CDT
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FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Fremont County residents will soon be able to take advantage of a free screening to take in the comfort of their own home.

We’ve all seen ribbons, t-shirts, and pins to bring about cancer awareness, but how about a giant inflatable colon? That’s exactly what the Wyoming Cancer Resource Services is using to turn some heads and also show people how to prevent colon cancer. The colon display at Palace Pharmacy is 12 feet long, and it has examples of healthy colon tissue and also what certain disease processes look like.

Cindy Glaser, Wyoming Cancer Resource Services Regional Manager stated that colon cancer is “An uncomfortable subject, there’s taboos associated with it, nobody wants to talk about bathroom habits, and trust me, I get all of that. The inflatable colon is just a great way to engage people in a conversation.”

The Wyoming Cancer Resource Center partnered with the LOR foundation, who received a grant for $9,000. Local healthcare providers will use the grant to offer free at home test kits that will be mailed in by the client to Lander Labs.

Michelle Escudero, program officer for the LOR Foundation has a personal connection to the topic. She said, “My grandfather actually died of colon cancer in the 80′s and this is a really preventable cancer.”

“Colorectal screening rates are down 90%, so this is a really great opportunity for the community to be able to screen without having to go to a health care provider,” added Glaser.

The postcards offering a free test kit are now at Lander Labs and Palace Pharmacy, and others will be mailed out soon. Officials hope the convenient non-invasive tests will increase the county’s screening rates. “Our community is not getting colonoscopy’s because it’s really invasive, but there’s new technology, and it’s an at home kit,” noted Escudero.

Mayor Monte Richardson signed a proclamation declaring March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month locally, and Lander Labs is happy to help process the samples with this prevention screening.

CEO of Lander Labs, Annie Cook stated, “I was really grateful for the opportunity that the LOR foundation gave to us to be able to provide this free service to Lander citizens that qualify for it. We love expanding our services, so really any type of testing that we can help benefit our community from, we’re excited about.”

If you have certain diseases that cause blood to be present in your stool, the test may not be the best option for screening. Lander Labs and Palace Pharmacy can get you in touch with someone to decide if the test is right for you.

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