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Colorectal Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 and continuing until age 75. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and women.

What is colorectal cancer screening?

Colorectal cancer almost always develops from abnormal (precancerous) growths in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find precancerous growths so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

Which test is right for me?

Your provider can help you make the decision about which test is best for your situation. However, the best test is the one you complete.

These are three options for routine screening:

• Stool-based Tests (recommended every 12 months)

• Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (recommended every 5 years)

• Screening Colonoscopy (recommended every 10 years)

Note: More frequent screenings or different types of screenings may be required for high risk members or as your provider recommends.

Where can I go to have the colorectal screening?

A PCP can perform the stool test or give you a kit to collect a stool sample at home. A gastroenterologist (GI) specialist can provide the colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. Click on “Find a Doctor” above or call us to locate an in-network provider near you. We have several options available!

If you need help scheduling your appointment, call Member Services at 410-779-9932 or Toll free: 1-844-386-6762, TTY: 711.

Healthy Advantage Reward: All members between 50 and 75 years old, due for the screening in 2018, are eligible for this reward. Return your completed Colorectal Cancer Screening Reward form to us. Once we receive your form, we’ll send you a $15 gift card.