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Colon Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Women and men over the age of 50 are at an increased risk for colon cancer. Having regular screening tests beginning at age 50 could save your life. Screening can find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum) so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening can find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.

 

The best way to reduce your colorectal cancer risk is to get screened regularly beginning at age 50.

About 1 in 3 adults (23 million) between 50 and 75 years old is not getting screened as recommended.

Colorectal cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups.

Colorectal polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first.

East Central District Health Department is part of the Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program (NCP).  The NCP is a colon cancer screening program that offers enrollment, screening and education to Nebraska men and women who are 50-74 years of age.

Who is Eligible for the NCP?

  • Male or Female
  • Age:  50-74
  • Must meet income guidel​​ines 
  • Must not have health insurance
  • US Citizen and Nebraska Resident

Program enrollment is based upon personal history, family history, and funding availability.

Tests and services may include:

  • Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) kit for at-home testing and/or colonoscopy.  All screenings are based upon family and personal history and must be pre-approved by NCP staff. 
  • Colonoscopy following a positive Fecal Occult Blood Test
  • Review of health history and education about colon and rectal cancer screening
  • Colonoscopy as initial screening test if determined to be the best screening test based on health history

To see if you are eligible for the NCP, call Coordinator Jacqueline Cruz at (402) 563-9656 ext 281.

Don't let myths and excuses keep you from getting screened for colorectal cancer.