COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Centers for Disease Control estimates 50,000 die each year from colorectal cancer, and nearly 60 percent of those deaths could be prevented if everyone over the age of 50 was screened.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
In an effort to catch the disease sooner and help the Chattahoochee Valley pursue a healthy lifestyle, the John B. Amos Cancer Center is giving away 1,000 free colorectal screening kits during March.
Once a person submits the test, he or she will be notified of the results within approximately one week.
Screenings are recommended for people age 50 to 70 or individuals who have a family history of colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease/Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
This event takes place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on March 10 through March 14 and March 17 through March 21.
It will be located on the second floor of the John B. Amos Cancer Center located at 1831 Fifth Avenue in Columbus.
For more information, please visit their official website.