Colon cancer prevention will bring LaPorte Hospital’s Mobile Health Unit to local communities this month. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and LaPorte Hospital officials will be traveling around Starke and LaPorte counties to hand out take-home test kits. They’re designed to screen for blood in the stool, which could be a symptom of cancer.
However, hospital officials say the best way to prevent colorectal cancer is by getting regular colonoscopy screenings. Men and women age 50 and older should have a colonoscopy done once every ten years, or more, depending on family history and other risk factors.
The Mobile Health Unit will be at Bailey’s Discount Center in North Judson this Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at Starke Hospital in Knox on Thursday, March 23 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Residents will also have the chance to fill out a sleep apnea survey, as part of National Sleep Awareness Month.