Winn-Dixie offers free tests for colorectal cancer, launches 'Test for Life' campaign


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In line with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Winn-Dixie is offering customers the chance to pick up a free test at its pharmacies.

Through April 7, guests can pick up EZ Detect, a patented two-minute, noninvasive test that detects occult blood (blood not visible to the naked eye), which indicates bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. The bleeding may be a symptom of colorectal disease, such as ulcers, hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer, polyps, colitis, diverticulitis or fissures, Winn-Dixie said. A list of pharmacies offering the test can be found here.

The offering is part of the chain's "Test for Life" campaign, through which Winn-Dixie teamed up with UF & Shands Jacksonville and local news station Action News.

"Colorectal cancer screenings are recommended for men and women beginning at age 50 but it's never too early to get tested," Winn-Dixie VP pharmacy John Fegan said. "We care about our guests' health and want to encourage the community to take advantage of this opportunity and let friends know about these free tests. All it takes is one simple test to save a life."

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