Sunday, June 23, 2013

Free or Low Cost Screening for Colorectal Cancer

CDC's Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) provides funding to 25 states and four tribes across the United States. The program supports population-based screening efforts and provides colorectal cancer screening services to low-income men and women aged 50–64 years who are underinsured or uninsured for screening, when no other insurance is available. Federal guidelines establish an eligibility baseline to direct services to uninsured and underinsured adults aged 50–64 years at or below 250% of federal poverty level.In addition to colorectal cancer screening, the program sites also provide diagnostic follow-up.

If you live in one of the CRCCP-funded states, you may be eligible for free or low-cost colorectal cancer screening. If you are not eligible for the program, or live outside the areas in which the CRCCP operates, please call 1 (800) 4-CANCER or 1 (800) ACS-2345 to learn more about screening options in your community. You also may be able to find information about free or low-cost screening by calling your local department of health.

Since the program’s inception in 2009, the CRCCP has provided screening to nearly 20,000 people, finding 2,917 cases of precancerous adenomatous polyps and 50 cancers.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/crccp/pdf/CRCCP_FactSheet.pdf

Normal Colonoscopy (no polyps found)
 
 
 
 
Colonscopy when polyps are found and removed

 

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