Cypress, TX News – Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Offers Free Colorectal Cancer Screening Kits

Cypress, TX News (March 19, 2014) – Suntan lotion can help avoid sunburn, vaccines can prevent chickenpox or measles. And early detection through screening is key to fighting colorectal cancer. In recognition of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is offering free ColoCARE colorectal cancer screening kits that can be used in the privacy of home. To receive a test kit, call 281.737.2500 and one will be mailed to you.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer (excluding skin cancer) and the second leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States. More than 142,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year. If caught early, colorectal cancer is one of the most curable.

It is important to know the risk factors for developing colon cancer. Chances of developing the disease tend be higher in individuals 50 or older, with a family history of the disease, and have a personal history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer. Other risk factors include unhealthy eating, lack of exercise, smoking and bowel disorders such as Crohn’s disease.

Fortunately, lifestyle choices can lower the risk of colorectal cancer. To lower the chance of developing colorectal cancer, it is important to increase the intensity and frequency of physical activity, eat fruits and vegetables, limit intake of red and processed meats, and avoid foods that irritate the colon such as carbonated drinks, milk products, citric fruits, chocolate, alcohol and spicy foods.

The Cancer Center at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital offers both external radiation and brachytherapy (internal radiation) for the treatment of cancer and a myriad of benign conditions. By working closely with Houston Methodist Hospital and associated research institutions, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is able to provide the latest treatment and advanced technology to patients in the Northwest Houston area. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 281.737.4425 or visit houstonmethodist.org/willowbrook.