Colorectal cancer screening offered

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 31, 2011. 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.The health department has cancelled immunization clinic on Wednesday, March 16. 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. Extended hours enables people the opportunity to come by after work or after school practices to get up-to-date on immunizations.Family Planning services are available through several funding sources. Services include pap smears, breast exams, pregnancy testing, methods of birth 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.