Health department offers free colon cancer screening kits through March 31
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) —March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department is encouraging screening with free colon cancer test kits.
In partnership with the Lancaster County Crusade Against Colon Cancer, Nebraska Cancer Coalition and local pharmacies, the goal is to increase access to screening and promote early detection.
The health department said cases of colon cancer and colon cancer related deaths are higher in Nebraska then other states in the U.S.
In 2022, The Nebraska State Legislature lowered the age of eligibility for colon cancer screening from 50 to 45 to secure early detection and allow for insurance to cover screenings.
“Colon cancer can be preventable with regular screenings and is highly treatable when detected early. If you are 45 years old or older, the time to get screened is now,” said Pat Lopez, Health Director.
Kits are available at the following locations until March 31.
Cancer Partners of Nebraska Pharmacy, 201 S. 68th St.
Hy-Vee (all Lincoln locations)
Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3131”O” St.
Lincoln Pharmacy, 3300 “A” St., Suite 100
Meadowlark Pharmacy, 520 Prairie View Lane, Hickman
Nebraska Hematology Oncology Pharmacy, 4004 Pioneer Woods Dr.
Russ’s Market (all Lincoln locations)
Super Saver (all Lincoln locations)
Target CVS, 8201 S. 40th St. location only
U-Save, 13851 Guilford St., Suite D, Waverly
Walgreens (all Lincoln locations)
Walmart (all Lincoln locations)
To have a colon cancer testing kit mailed to your home, call 402-441-8045.