LACONIA – LRGHealthcare continues to work to raise public awareness about colorectal cancer and steps people can take to be screened for what ranks as the second-leading cancer killer in the U.S.
LRGHealthcare is in the fourth year of a five-year program with the New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer
Screening Program (NHCRCSP) funded by a grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control. The grant offers free colorectal cancer screenings to qualified individuals in New Hampshire.
More than 175 patients referred by LRGHealthcare doctors have been eligible for a free colorectal cancer screening (colonoscopy) through this program.
Patients can be referred to the screening program through July 2014. To be eligible one must be 50-64 years of age, a New Hampshire resident, at or below 250 percent of federal income guidelines, uninsured or under-insured (defined as having a large deductible, co-pay, or co-insurance), and have an average risk for colorectal cancer.
Dr. Rick Wilson, director of Practice Development at LRGHealthcare, stated, "Colorectal cancer
is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the state of New Hampshire.
The good news is that colon cancer can be prevented or detected early if screened on a regular basis."
People with colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer may or may not have any symptoms. Symptoms
may include blood in or on your stool, stomach pain, aches, or cramps that don't go away, and weight
The New Hampshire Colorectal Screening Program can be reached at 603-653-3702 for direct enrollment, or individuals may also contact their primary care physician directly.