Men and women of average risk should begin colon screenings at age 45.
In Delaware and the U.S., colon cancer is the third-most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women, and the third-most common cause of cancer death. Almost all colon cancers can be prevented through early screening.
What is colon cancer?
The colon is approximately 6 feet long in most people and is the part of the body that removes water from digested food. The remaining material, solid waste, called “stool,” moves through the colon and the rectum, and leaves the body through the anus. Over time, potentially cancerous growths called polyps can form in the colon.
Delaware Cancer Services and Programs
Access the care you need, when you need it.
Whether you have insurance or not, services are available to help you get screened for cancer and, if a diagnosis is made, get treated for cancer and not just survive, but live a thriving, healthy life after cancer.
LGBTQIA+ Cancer Screenings
Members of the LGBTQIA+ community are at higher risk of cancer, but screenings can detect cancer early, when it’s most treatable. Know your risk and when to get screened.
Nurse navigators are on staff statewide in Delaware to schedule your cancer screenings and to provide follow-up help. Learn more about nurse navigator services now.
Screening for Life
If you don’t have insurance or if your insurance doesn’t cover cancer screenings, this program could make screenings available to you.
Cancer Care Coordinators
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, these specially trained health professionals can help you find the services you need, when you need them. Their services are free of charge to all Delawareans.
Delaware Cancer Treatment Program
Free cancer treatment is available for up to two years to all Delaware residents who can’t afford to pay for it. Learn more now about the program.
There are two ways to get help to quit smoking from specially trained counselors: Call the Delaware Quitline by phone at 1-866-409-1858 or visit QuitSupport.com.Learn more
Live better. Our Healthy Lifestyle Map will show you where you can find fresh local produce at farmers’ markets and how to stay active at local fitness centers and parks.View Healthy Lifestyle Map
Activity Lowers Your Risk for Certain Cancers
Access the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Physical Activity and Cancer chart to see how regular physical activity can lower your risk for eight cancers.Learn more