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Focus on Colon Cancer

If you are 50 or older, or have a family history of colon cancer, it’s important that you get screened. Know when and how often you should be screened, and find out what factors put you at a greater risk for colon cancer.

Colon cancer is the third-most-diagnosed cancer in Delaware[1] and is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.[2] But there’s good news. This cancer is highly preventable by getting screened. There are several screenings available, but we recommend either a colonoscopy or a fecal immunochemical test (FIT).

  • A colonoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist, who will look at your colon using a special technology. During this procedure, polyps may be removed on the spot if they are found, to reduce any future risk of colon cancer.
  • A FIT is done at home by collecting several samples of your stool and then sending them to a lab for testing.

Schedule a screening today.

Talk to your health care provider about the screening that you need, or have a Nurse Navigator help you schedule a screening.

Uninsured? Underinsured?

If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may be eligible for a free screening or vaccination through Delaware’s Screening for Life program. Find out if you’re eligible.

If you’re 50 or older, talk to your health care provider — and talk to your family and friends about getting screened too.

[1] Provided by the Division of Public Health for the Healthy Delaware website.