OHI Hosts Screenings For Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

OCEAN COUNTY – Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI) is hosting a series of educational events and screenings though March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

These programs will be held:

  • March 18: Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Rd., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • March 20: Little Egg Harbor Health Center, 798 Route 539, Building 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.;
  • March 22: Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

In honor of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, OHI will be offering special screenings and providing important information regarding this disease. These include the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), a noninvasive test that screens for hidden blood in the stool which can be an early sign for cancer. The events will also provide Lung Cancer Screenings, Cervical Cancer and Nutrition.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and American Cancer Society recommend that men and women over 45 years of age get regular screenings for this common yet preventable cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US.

“It is very important to make our patients and the community aware of what screening resources are available to them,” said Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, Chief Medical Officer at OHI, “Knowing when to get checked for a disease can go a long way towards helping prevent complications down the road and maintain a healthy life style.”

For more information, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at 732-719-1570 or visit ohinj.org.

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