Cancer

Colon Cancer

Finding the signs of colon cancer early saves lives and we are committed to early detection by supplying colon cancer (FOBT) screening kits FREE of charge. We are proud to partner with area pharmacies throughout our service area to help distribute FREE colon cancer (FOBT) screening kits to residents 50-74 year of age.

Kits are available at the following locations in our service area while supplies last:

Madison County:

  • Faith Regional Physician Services Family Health Clinic, Tilden

  • Tilden Pharmacy, Tilden

  • Battle Creek Family Medicine, Battle Creek

  • Louderback Pharmacy, Madison

  • CVS Pharmacy, Norfolk

  • ELVPHD’s office, Norfolk

  • Hy-Vee West Pharmacy, Norfolk

  • Hy-Vee East Pharmacy, Norfolk

  • U-Save Pharmacy, Norfolk

  • Walmart Pharmacy, Norfolk

  • Walgreens, Norfolk

Cuming County:

  • Tom’s Rexall Pharmacy, West Point

  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy, West Point

  • West Point Apothecary, West Point

  • ELVPHD’s office, Wisner

  • Wisner Apothecary, Wisner

Burt County:

  • Tekamah Drug, Tekamah

  • ELVPHD's office, Tekamah

Stanton County:

  • Stanton County Extension Office, Stanton

In addition to the above locations, you can also obtain one of our FREE kits by completing the following form online (and we will then mail the kit to your home): http://bit.ly/39JkGoi

Updated 2/28/2020

Lung Cancer

Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer. Quitting smoking and protecting yourself and your family from secondhand smoke is the most important way to prevent lung cancer. However, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. To help protect you and your family, Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department provides Radon test kits year round for $8/kit plus tax. We also provide information on how to fix existing homes to lower Radon levels and Radon resistant methods for new home construction.

Radon is a serious issue as it is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that occurs naturally in the soil and can enter homes through cracks and holes in the foundation, walls and water pipes. In Nebraska there are dangerously high levels of Radon and nearly one in two homes has reported levels well above the safe zone.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises that homes with Radon levels of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air or more be mitigated (fixed). Past testing has shown that the average radon levels in Burt, Madison, Stanton and Cuming Counties range from 7.5 to 10.4 pCi/L. Knowing the Radon level in your home is important because the problem can be fixed by installing a Radon mitigation system. Also, it is important for people building new homes to be informed about Radon resistant construction techniques. For further information please visit the EPA’s website to view the “Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction” at http://www.epa.gov/radon/pdfs/consguid.pdf.

2016 Radon results in Burt, Cuming, Madison and Stanton counties:

Over 340 home owners from Burt, Cuming, Madison, and Stanton counties picked up short-term home Radon test kits during January-March, 2016. Of the 219 test kits that were used and returned, results showed that the average amount of radon measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L) was 9.3 in Burt County, 6.4 in Cuming County, 7.8 in Madison County and 8.9 in Stanton County. In order to prevent poor health outcomes due to high radon levels, retesting or mitigation is recommended for results above 4.0 pCi/L. Of the test kits returned this year, almost two out of three homes tested (65%) had results over 4.0 pCi/L.  The range for the kits sent in from the four counties during 2016 was 0.3 - 30.6 pCi/L.

The Radon program is possible through funding provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Updated 04/03/2017

Elkhorn Logan Valley
Public Health Department
2104 21st Circle / PO Box 779, Wisner, NE 68791
Phone: 402.529.2233  - or -  877.379.4400
Fax: 402.529.2211
After Hours: 402.841.8110
Email: info@elvphd.org