Free screening kits offered during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and a Genesee County-based hospital is offering screening kits for those at increased risk for the disease.

McLaren Cancer Institute

is offering free

colorectal cancer screening kits

throughout the month. The kits are recommended for those with a family history of colorectal cancer, as well as anyone who's 50 and older.

The test is painless and can be self-administered with a minimal stool sample. It takes only a few minutes and can be performed in the privacy of a home. No fasting is required, and any medicine can be taken normally as prescribed.

More than 5,400 people took advantage of

McLaren's free colorectal cancer screening program

last year. You can take a colorectal cancer risk assessment to find out if you are at an increased risk for the disease.

You can find out more about the risks, warning signs and treatment of colorectal cancer by clicking here. You can also find information about colorectal cancer through the American Cancer Society.