WHY SHOULD I GET SCREENED?
When detected early, colorectal cancer is very treatable. That’s why screening is important. Most colon cancers start as growths, or polyps, in the colon. If we find these polyps before they become cancerous, you have about a 90 percent chance to be cured.
There are several screening options available, but we at Moncrief believe, “The best test is the test that gets done.” Moncrief Cancer Institute offers a colorectal cancer screening test that is simple and convenient – at no cost for the uninsured and those who qualify.
WHO SHOULD GET SCREENED?
Most people should begin screening at age 50. Those who are African American or have a family history of colon cancer may be at higher risk and may need to be screened earlier. If you are at a high risk, talk to your doctor about when to begin your screenings.
TO QUALIFY FOR OUR PROGRAM, YOU MUST:
- Be between the age of 50 and 74
- Have no personal history of colorectal cancer, colon resection (surgery), inflammatory bowel disease, or colon polyps
- Have not had
- A stool-based test in the last year
- A sigmoidoscopy exam (to look inside the rectum and lower colon) within the last 5 years
- A colonoscopy exam (to look inside the rectum and entire colon) within the last 10 years
WHERE IS SCREENING OFFERED?
Our program covers the following counties:
HOW DO I REQUEST A SCREENING?
HOW DO I USE THE AT-HOME COLON CANCER SCREENING KIT?
Watch the video below to find out how easy the screening kit is to use!
FIND OUT MORE
Talk with your doctor or a Moncrief Cancer Institute genetic counselor about your family’s cancer history, your screening options, and whether you would benefit from genetic testing. To schedule an appointment or speak with a genetic counselor, call 214-645-2563.