Free colorectal cancer screening offered at SNCHD

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so Hendrick Cancer Center of Abilene will be at the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department, located at 301 E. 12th in Sweetwater from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 15, 2012.  They will be offering the fecal occult blood test. A new easier and more accurate test will be used this year. The fecal occult blood test is a simple at-home procedure that checks a stool sample for hidden blood, which can be a sign of cancer, polyps or other internal disorders. This test is your best insurance for detecting colorectal cancer when it may be easily cured by prompt treatment. The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women at average risk begin regular testing for colorectal cancer at age 50.This is a reminder to anyone that sells food to the public; all food vendors must be permitted through the health department. The public can help control unpermitted individuals and organizations from selling food by asking if they are permitted. You take a risk of getting a food-borne illness when you eat from vendors that are not permitted. If you plan to sell food to the public, contact the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department (SNCHD), located at 301 E. 12th to request an application. Following the application, the temporary food vendor's establishment must pass an inspection. All temporary food vendors should have a copy of their last inspection form visible to customers. If you are permitted, but have not had an inspection in the last year, you should call the health department to schedule an inspection. If you have any questions, please contact Don Ware or Linda Kite at 235-5463 or come by the health department. The website is, under the Environmental Health section.The health department encourages the community to get their teams together and join the Big Country Biggest Loser Winner Contest sponsored by the health department, Medical Reserve Corps, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Texas State Technical College and the Sweetwater Reporter. Registration is going on now through March 15 at the health department. The cost is a one time fee of $5 per person. There will be a kick off event on Monday, March 19, at 6 p.m. at the Sweetwater High School Track. Door prizes will be awarded including 18-Free eight-week gym memberships. Come join us and get healthy.The health department has cancelled immunization clinic on Wednesday, March 14. Immunization clinic is usually held on Wednesdays from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m., with extended hours the second Wednesday of each month until 6 p.m.Family Planning services are available through several funding sources. Services include pap smears, breast exams, pregnancy testing, methods ofbirth control and screening and testing for sexual transmitted diseases. For an appointment call 235-2869.The Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age.