The Program is offering endoscopic screening in both rural and urban areas.
The Program is also partnering with interested clinics to incorporate a comprehensive approach to colorectal cancer screening, including the use of high sensitivity fecal occult blood testing every year (high sensitivity guaiac-based - FOBT or fecal immunochemical test - FIT). A FOBT is a test that patients can do at home on a yearly basis. It screens for colorectal cancer by detecting blood in the stool.
The Program provides funding for colorectal screenings for Coloradans that meet the below eligibility requirements and is coordinated by staff at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
Find out if you are eligible to participate in the program and learn the facts about colorectal cancer screening below. Call 1-866-227-7914 to see if you are eligible and to find participating clinics.
Call 1-866-227-7914 to find out if you are eligible for a no cost screening
Colorectal Cancer Screening is important! Most people with early stages of colorectal cancer have no noticeable symptoms. Screening can find colorectal cancer early or before colorectal cancer even develops! Pre-cancerous polyps can be removed during a colonoscopy before they turn into cancer.
Check out the American Cancer Society’s Top 5 Myths of Colon Cancer:
American Cancer Society recommendations for colorectal cancer screening:
The American Cancer Society believes that preventing colorectal cancer (and not just finding it early) should be a major reason for getting tested. Finding and removing polyps keeps some people from getting colorectal cancer. Tests that have the best chance of finding both polyps and cancer are preferred if these tests are available to you and you are willing to have them.
Beginning at age 50, both men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should use one of the screening tests below:
Tests that find polyps and cancer
Tests that mainly find cancer
*Colonoscopy should be done if test results are positive
People at increased or high risk
If you are at an increased or high risk of colorectal cancer, you should begin colorectal cancer screening before age 50 and/or be screened more often. The following conditions make your risk higher than average:
Retrieved from www.cancer.org
American Cancer Society User-friendly site providing detailed information about colorectal cancer screening, prevention, facts, treatment, and survivorship.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention More detailed site providing statistics about colorectal cancer screening and National programs. Some articles easy to read.
National Cancer Institute More detailed site providing information about colorectal cancer treatment, clinical trials, and research. Provides both easy and difficult articles. More difficult to navigate.