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Colorectal Cancer is Highly Preventable

Colorectal Cancer is Highly Preventable

During month of March, DHD#10 shares with men and women aged 50 years and older the importance of having regular colorectal cancer screening tests.

Colorectal cancer remains the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and women. Early detection is key to discovering cancer before a person experiences any signs or symptoms. Regular screenings save lives by identifying cancers when they are most curable and treatment is most likely to be successful. In Michigan in 2018, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be 4,510 cases of colorectal cancer and 1,670 deaths due to the disease.

What Steps Can You Take Towards Prevention?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests:
• If you’re aged 50 to 75, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. If you’re between 76 and 85, ask your doctor if you should be screened.
• Be physically active.
• Maintain a healthy weight.
• Don’t drink too much alcohol.
• Don’t smoke.

Did You Know DHD#10 Can Help You Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer?

Asymptomatic men & women ages 50-64 who have no insurance or insurance with a high deductible plan, who meet generous income guidelines, are eligible for our Colorectal Cancer Screening Program. Through contracted providers, men and women can receive screening services such as:

  • Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) (FIT Kits are available through DHD#10)
  • Colonoscopy/Preventative and Diagnostic- average risk can be screened by colonoscopy or optional at-home fecal immunochemical test (FIT). Increased risk must be screened by a colonoscopy.
  • Positive FIT/FOBT must have a diagnostic colonoscopy and have authorization prior to completing diagnostic colonoscopy, please call.

Please note that high risk men and women that are currently symptomatic are not eligible for screening services through this program. To schedule an appointment or learn more, please call 888-217-3904, and select option #2.