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March 01, 2013

Colorectal Screening Kits Available at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Lake Forest, Ill. – Beginning March 1 to celebrate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is providing free colorectal screening kits for community members. Screening kits will be available through the end of the year and can be picked up in the gastrointestinal (GI) lab at the hospital.

Among cancers that affect women and men, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control. More than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year and more than 50,000 die from it. More than 90 percent of colorectal cancer cases occur in people 50 years or older.

For those 50 years or older, taking a screening test for colorectal cancer could save their lives. Colorectal screening tests can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening can also detect the cancer early when treatment often leads to a cure.

For more information about colorectal cancer or for questions about the screening kits, please call 847.535.6186 or visit lfh.org/colocare.

About Northwestern Medicine®

Northwestern Medicine® is the collaboration between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine around a strategic vision to transform the future of healthcare. It encompasses the research, teaching and patient care activities of the academic medical center. Sharing a commitment to superior quality, academic excellence and patient safety, the organizations within Northwestern Medicine comprise more than 9,000 clinical and administrative staff, 3,100 medical and science faculty and 700 students. The entities involved in Northwestern Medicine remain separate organizations. Northwestern Medicine is a trademark of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and is used by Northwestern University.

About Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a wholly owned entity of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. The hospital has more than 700 physicians board-certified in 90 medical specialties, located at its Lake Forest and Grayslake campuses and at facilities in Glenview, Gurnee Brookside, Gurnee Tower Court, Libertyville, Lindenhurst and Vernon Hills. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is ranked among Illinois’ “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, has been named the Consumer Choice hospital in Lake and Kenosha counties for nine years in a row by National Research Corporation and receives an "A" Hospital Safety Score from the nonprofit Leapfrog Group. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a Magnet hospital, having earned the country’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing and is rated among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” guide by Working Mother magazine. For more information, visit lfh.org.

About Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group

Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group (NMPG) is a multi-site physician network with 122 physicians offering primary and specialty care services, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology, corporate health, executive health, integrative medicine, sports medicine, and travel medicine. NMPG has 25 locations throughout the Chicago area, including Chicago offices in the Loop, Streeterville, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview, as well as offices in Deerfield, Evanston, Glenview, Grayslake, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Libertyville. All physicians are on the medical staffs of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and/or Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.