Don't Wonder If You Have Colon Cancer, Know.

Know Why You Should Get Screened

  • Colon cancer screening tests look for signs of cancer. Stool tests look for small amounts of blood that could come from cancer or growths (called polyps). Other tests (such as a colonoscopy) use a thin, flexible, lighted tube with a camera to look inside the colon and rectum to find polyps. The polyps can then be removed. Colon cancer can be prevented by removing polyps.
  • Regular screening is important because colon cancer and polyps don't always cause symptoms, especially in the early stages. Don't wait for symptoms to be screened for colon cancer.
  • If colon cancer is found early, treatment can be very effective.

Know When You Should Get Screened

  • If you are 50 and older get screened! About 9 out of 10 of people diagnosed with colon cancer are age 50 and older.
  • If you are at high risk for colon cancer you may have to begin screening younger than age 50. You have a higher risk of getting colon cancer if you have already had colon cancer or you have a family history of colon cancer. Learn more about other risk factors and talk to your health care provider about when to begin screening.

Know Ways You Can Get Screened

  • There are several screening options, including easy take home tests. Talk to your doctor about getting screened and choosing the test that's right for you. The best test is the test that you take!
  • Screening Tests At–a–Glance

Know Where To Go If You're Insured

If you have insurance, talk to your health care provider about where to go for screening. Colon cancer screening is a covered benefit in most health plans including:

A covered benefit means there is no cost to you, such as a copayment or coinsurance.

Know Where To Go If You're Uninsured

  • Free screenings are available. Call the New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program (CSP) at 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) for a free screening near you.
  • If the screening test finds something abnormal, diagnostic (testing) services are available through the CSP for eligible women and men at no cost. If colon cancer is found, eligible women and men may be able to enroll in the NYS Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program to receive full Medicaid coverage for the entire time they are being treated for cancer.

To learn more about becoming insured, call 1-855-355-5777 or visit the New York State of Health (NYSOH) Marketplace. The NYSOH Marketplace is a place to shop for insurance that provides a comprehensive set of benefits and coverage. All of the insurance plans included in NYSOH cover breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings at no cost. There are many affordable plan choices, and you may qualify for tax credits to help you pay for your health insurance plan.

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