OSWEGO, NY – Oswego County Opportunities and the Oswego Speedway want to help those 50 years of age and older Ã¢â‚¬ËœRace Into Good Health.’
OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cancer Services Program and the Oswego Speedway have teamed up to offer uninsured men and woman age 50 and older free colorectal cancer screening kits and free tickets to the speedway.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We not only want to raise awareness of the importance of men and woman aged 50 and older getting screened for colorectal cancer, but also offer these incentives to encourage men and woman not to wait, get screened today!Ã¢â‚¬Â said Carolyn Handville, coordinator of OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cancer Services Program.
Upon request, OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cancer Services Program is distributing free of charge to all uninsured men and women 50 years of age or older, the InSure Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) Kit for colorectal cancer.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The test is totally private and easy to use. There is no need to stop into our office and no doctor visit.Ã‚Â Just give us a call and we will mail the kit, complete with instructions and a self-addressed stamped envelope to return the results. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fast, easy, and done in the privacy of your own home,Ã¢â‚¬Â explained Handville.
The new, highly accurate, InSure FIT test for colorectal cancer detects hidden blood in the stool that could be associated with colorectal cancer.
Completing this screening kit is the first step in early detection of colorectal cancer.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is a fact that colorectal cancer is 90% curable when detected early, which makes completing your colorectal cancer screening kit of greater importance since early detection is the best prevention against colon cancer!Ã¢â‚¬Â added Handville.
Free colorectal cancer screening kits are available by calling OCO at 342-0888 ext. 1454.
Those who complete the test and mail it back to the lab by July 31 will receive two free grandstand admission tickets to a race at the famed Oswego Speedway during the 2009 season.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are pleased that the Oswego Speedway has joined with us in the effort to encourage men and woman to do their preventative health screenings.Ã‚Â We are looking forward to distributing plenty of colorectal cancer screening kits and tickets to the Oswego Speedway,” said Handville.
OCO is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966 and touches the lives of more than 20,000 people annually.
OCO is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency.
For more information, visit www.oco.org