A colonoscopy can prevent colorectal cancer in more than one way.
In Delaware and the U.S., colorectal 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. A colonoscopy is a painless test that not only can find polyps that can lead to cancer, but can also remove them on the spot.
Who should be screened and how often:
Beginning at age 50, both men and women should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. If there is a history of cancer in your family or if prior colonoscopies have resulted in the removal of polyps, you should be screened more often.
You are at a greater risk for colon cancer if you:
- Eat a diet high in red and processed meats
- Are obese
- Are considered a heavy alcohol user
- Have Type 2 diabetes
- Are age 50 or older
- Are African-American
- Have a history of colorectal adenomatous polyps
- Have a history of colon cancer
- Have a history of inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease
We offer help for screening and cancer treatment:
If you don’t have insurance or you can’t afford a colonoscopy, there is a program that could provide the screening for you.
If you should be diagnosed with colon cancer and you can’t afford treatment, the Delaware Cancer Treatment Program provides free cancer treatment for up to two years. Cancer Care Coordinators help guide you through treatment, scheduling visits with doctors and making sure you get the care you need.
Stay informed—check out this downloadable pdf for more information about colon cancer.
A nurse navigator can schedule a cancer screening for you.
Hospitals Statewide have nurse navigators who can schedule your cancer screening and provide follow-up help - whether you have health insurance or not. Use this form to request a callback, or call the nurse navigator at the facility closest to you:
If you would like to speak directly to a nurse navigator you can call the facility closest to you from the list below.