Area health care organizations, including Allen Hospital, Black Hawk County Health Department, Peoples Community Health Clinic, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Dr. Mujica of Covenant Clinic and the American Cancer Society are collaborating to offer free colon cancer screening kits to people ages 50-65 on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23 and 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This effort is taking place during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (March) and to encourage people to pick up a free screening kit. Those interested can pick up a free screening kit at Peoples Community Health Clinic at 905 Franklin St. in Waterloo during the two-day event. All kits should be returned to Peoples Health Clinic no later than April 6.
Those with limited or no insurance who meet specific criteria may be eligible for free care should any issues arise from the test through a grant received from the state. Those who do not qualify under the grant can utilize their health care insurance should additional testing be necessary.
For more information, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.