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Free breast exams, colorectal cancer screening tests open to community members

7th Day Adventist Church Southside Bakersfield
Posted at 3:56 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 18:56:12-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Seventh-Day Adventist Church Bakersfield Southside has partnered with local providers and agencies to offer free cancer screenings March 14 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The screenings, specific to breast cancer and colorectal cancer, are open to community members and will be held at Seventh-Day Adventist Church Bakersfield Southside. 1330 3rd St.

According to research from the American Cancer Society, in 2020 there will be an estimated 104,610 new cases of colon cancer and 43,340 cases of rectal cancer diagnosed in the nation. Although the majority of CRC’s are in adults ages 50 and older, 17,930 will be diagnosed in individuals younger than age 50, the equivalent of 49 new cases per day.

Collectively, blacks have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial/ethnic group in the U.S. for most cancers.

The American Cancer Society recommends that people at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45 or before age 45 if considered high risk ,having a strong family history. To pre-register for the screenings, call (661) 637-8321.