Colorectal Cancer Screening
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society recommends colorectal cancer screening for men and women ages 50–75.There are multiple methods of screening including: stool testing, sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, and colonoscopy.
Some screening tests detect precancerous polyps and cancer, while others detect cancer only. Tests that have the best chance of finding both polyps and cancer are preferred. You should always consult your doctor about your risk factors and which screening is right for you.
Are you eligible for an at home colorectal cancer screening kit?
- Are you between the ages of 50 and 75?
- Do you have health insurance?
- Have you had a colonoscopy in the last 5 years?
- Have you ever been diagnosed with colon cancer, Crohn’s disease or Colitis?
- Has a parent or sibling been diagnosed with colon cancer prior to age 60?
If you answered YES to questions 3, 4 or 5, you are NOT eligible for an at home kit. Please consult your doctor about your screening options.
If you are eligible for an at-home screening kit, please do the following prior to taking the test:
- Consult your doctor to receive an order for the at-home kit.
- Consult your insurance provider to ensure coverage for this test.
- If you do not have health insurance, call 585.224.3070 immediately.
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Events
It's not often that the public gets to literally walk through a larger-than-life-size colon but that is exacty what Rochester residents will be able to do when the 10-foot tall, 30-foot long Giant Colon makes a pit-stop at Marketplace Mall from March 7 to 9.
The Cancer Services Program of Monroe County, part of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Center for Community Health, in partnership with Cancer Mission 2020, led by Camp Good Days and Special Times, are joining forces to bring the Giant Colon exhibit to Rochester, in recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The interactive exhibit teaches people about the risks, symptoms, prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer, which is 90 percent curable when detected early.
To promote this free educational exhibit, sponsored by New York State Assemblyman Harry B. Bronson, there will be a press conference at 11 a.m. on Saturday, at the Marketplace Mall (wing that formerly housed BonTon). Representatives from the Cancer Services Program of Monroe County, Cancer Mission 2020, Monroe County, the City of Rochester, Rochester General Hospital, and Us Too Rochester NY, a local prostate cancer support group, will gather with Bronson to raise awareness of colorectal cancer. The county executive and the mayor of Rochester will also announce a joint-proclamation declaring March “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month” in Rochester and Monroe County.