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Kate Allaria Press Release
Dir. PR & Marketing
Gateway Regional Medical
For Immediate Release – March 14, 2011 Tel: 618-798-3167
GATEWAY REGIONAL ‘ATTACKS’ COLORECTAL CANCER!
thFREE Colorectal Screening Kits for Public Available at Five Locations on Tuesday, March 29
Granite City, IL, March 14, 2011…… According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. If everyone aged 50 years or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (March 2011), Gateway Regional Medical Center will offer FREE colorectal
thscreening kits at five locations on Tuesday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Both men and women can get colorectal cancer—a cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is
called colon cancer.
With the free colorectal screening kits from Gateway, the screening process is easy. Simply visit one of five
thconvenient locations on Tuesday, March 29, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and pick up your free colorectal cancer screening kit. The kit is called a fecal immunochemical test. It's easy, it's painless and does not have any restrictions. The screening is performed in the comfort and privacy of your home. Once you have completed the screening, simply mail back your sample in the convenient envelope included with your kit. Our lab will perform the analysis and the results will be mailed to you and your physician.
The five locations for the FREE colorectal screening kits are:
Gateway Regional Medical Center
2100 Madison Avenue
Granite City, Illinois 62040
st21 Street ‘Drive Through’
Located on the hospital’s main campus under the walkway bridge that connects
the medical office building with the main hospital. Drive through and pick up your
free screening kit.
Main Hospital Lobby
Located in the hospital’s main lobby off of Washington Avenue. Walk in for your
free screening kit.
Heartland Healthcare of Wood River
300 Lakin Boulevard
Wood River, Illinois 62095
Walk in for your free screening kit. Call 618-258-7343.
Heartland Healthcare of Collinsville
101 United Drive
Collinsville, Illinois 62234
Walk in for your free screening kit. Call (618) 344-0248
Edwardsville Health Center
1121 University Drive
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025
Walk in for your free screening kit. Call (618) 656-9520
“In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and in an effort to improve the health of the communities we serve, we are proud to offer the FREE colorectal screening kits,” said Kate Allaria, Director of Public Relations at Gateway Regional. “If you are age 50 or older, it is a good idea to get tested regularly for colorectal cancer.”
That is because the chances of developing the disease increase considerably after reaching the half century mark. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, more than 90 percent of colorectal cancer cases are diagnosed in people older than 50.
Other risk factors that may increase a person’s chance of developing colorectal cancer include:
• Having a personal history of colorectal polyps or inflammatory bowel disease
• Having a personal or family history of colorectal cancer
• Being African-American or an Ashkenazi Jew
• Eating a diet high in fat
• Being physically inactive
• Smoking and heavy alcohol use
• Type 2 diabetes
Colorectal cancer can start with no symptoms. Precancerous polyps and early-stage colorectal cancer don’t
always cause symptoms, especially at first. This means that someone could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important.
Allaria concludes, “Colorectal cancer may be diagnosed after symptoms appear, but most people with early stage disease will not experience any symptoms. It is important for people age 50 and over to get the recommended screenings. By making these screening kits available to the public, we are hopeful that members of our community will take advantage of this opportunity to improve their health.”
For more information about colorectal cancer screening, talk with your doctor or call 618-798-3167.
## About Gateway Regional Medical Center ##
Gateway Regional Medical Center is a 382 bed hospital with a 100 bed behavioral health unit. Located in Granite City, GRMC and its predecessors have served the community for over 100 years. Gateway is home to The Bone & Joint Center and is a leader in joint replacement surgery and recovery. With a medical staff of over 150 physicians, Gateway Regional provides a very broad range of services, including emergency services, orthopedics, home health and hospice,
occupational health, and women and newborn services. For more information about Gateway Regional Medical Center,
call (618) 798-3000.