Attacking Colon Cancer at Home, in Lab
Free Colorectal Screening Program Set To Begin November 2
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, in co-partnership with NBC10, CVS Pharmacy and the Wellness Community of Philadelphia, will sponsor a free colorectal screening program November 2 through December 2.
The screening program will coincide with a special news feature on NBC10 News about colorectal cancer awareness. Viewers will be encouraged to pick up a free EZ DETECT Kit at CVS pharmacies
in Philadelphia. The Wellness Community of Philadelphia will operate a "Test for Life" hotline
(1-877-622-9228) to answer the public's questions about the test.
EZ DETECT is an easy-to-use screening test that a person does at home without having to collect stool, use chemical developers or send for laboratory processing. The simple test, on three consecutive bowel movements, shows a color change which tells whether the test is positive or negative.
If a positive result is indicated, people are encouraged to see their primary care physician. If they do not have a primary care physician, then they can call 1-800-JEFF-NOW and a representative will schedule an appointment with one of our primary care physicians.
Melvin L. Moses, MD, and Anthony Infantolino, MD, announced the program to Jefferson's physicians, saying, "We are pleased to offer this service to the community and to help raise awareness about colorectal cancer. Thank you for your participation in this important community program."
Dr. Moses is President of the Medical Staff of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Dr. Infantolino is Co-Director, Gastrointestinal Cancer Center, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.