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Colorectal Cancer Screening

colorectal cancer imageColon/colorectal cancer screening can be an at-home stool test (FIT kit) or a colonoscopy. The FIT kit requires no doctor’s appointment, can be sent to you through the mail, and is returned directly to the lab in a pre-paid envelope. Colonoscopies can be provided if there is personal or family history or if there is a finding through a FIT test. Colon cancer screening is primarily for men and women 50 and older, but can start younger if there is personal or family history or related problems.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 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?

  1. Are you between the ages of 50 and 75?
  2. Do you have health insurance?
  3. Have you had a colonoscopy in the last 5 years?
  4. Have you ever been diagnosed with colon cancer, Crohn’s disease or Colitis?
  5. 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.

No Health Insurance? No Problem.

The Cancer Services Program of the Finger Lakes Region pays for the take-home FIT kits and/or colonoscopies for men and women (ages 50 & older) with no health insurance who live in Monroe, Seneca, Yates, Ontario, Wayne and Livingston Counties. We also pay for breast and cervical cancer screenings for eligible individuals.

Call us to learn more about getting screened at (585) 224-3070. Outside of Monroe County? Call 1-877-803-8070.

FIT Instructions Video

FIT Instructions Video (Spanish)

FIT Instructions - English and Spanish

At-home Screening Kit for Colon Cancer Video

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