The Rideout Cancer Center is offering free fecal occult blood testing starting on Friday, March 1, 2013. The fecal occult blood test is used to check stool samples for hidden blood that may indicate colon cancer or polyps in the colon or rectum.
These kits can be picked up at the Rideout Cancer Center's Resource Center, 618 Fifth Street in Marysville, March 1 through March 7, 2013. The collection kits must be returned for processing by Thursday, March 14th. For more information, please contact Lorna Yatman at 751-4270, Ext. 1603.
Rideout Cancer Center employees will be dressing in blue on Friday, March 1st to celebrate Dress in Blue Day for a future free of colon cancer.
The Colon Cancer Alliance first launched the National Dress in Blue Day program in 2009 to bring nationwide attention to colon cancer and to celebrate the courage of those affected by this disease. Today, individuals, businesses and community groups across the country participate by wearing blue and urging others to do the same. By "going blue," we hope to raise public awareness and get people talking about this cancer.
Information on colorectal cancer from the Colon Cancer Alliance, American Cancer Society, and National Cancer Institute will also be available at Rideout Cancer Center.
The Rideout Cancer Center, which is a partnership between Rideout Health and the University of California Davis Cancer Care Network, provides our cancer patients with the most up-to-date and effective cancer care in our community. UC Davis is a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center, which comprises research, clinical trials, and the latest technology. Our partnership with UC Davis sets high standards in providing quality care to our patients. Our patients receive the quality of care that they might expect from a large university medical center with the compassion and personalization of a community based hospital.
Rideout Health is the independent, non-profit, community-based healthcare organization that operates Rideout Memorial Hospital, Fremont Medical Center and other medical facilities around the Yuba-Sutter region. It also is the area's largest non-government employer. In fulfillment of its mission to provide quality healthcare to everyone, regardless of financial circumstance, in 2011 the organization provided more than nearly $50 million in unreimbursed or free medical care to uninsured or under-insured patients.