Colorectal cancer affects both women and men. It may be prevented through recommended screening, early detection, and treatment. Call 410-313-4255 for more information and to see about eligibility for a no cost colonoscopy.
Facts about Colorectal Cancer
- Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in the U.S.
- The America Cancer Society estimates that in 2023, 2,560 Marylanders will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 980 Marylanders will die from the disease. But this disease is highly preventable, by getting screened beginning at age 45.
- Screening, diagnosis and treatment can prevent colorectal cancer because it can detect precancerous growths, called polyps, in the colon and rectum. Although most polyps will not become cancerous, removing them can prevent cancer from occurring.
- According to the University of Chicago, 47.2% of diagnosed colorectal cancers in Maryland are detected by screening.
- Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important. If you have symptoms, they may include
- Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement).
- Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.
- Losing weight and you don’t know why.
HCHD Colorectal Cancer Program
The goal of the HCHD Colorectal Cancer Program is to provide:
- Colorectal cancer education to all residents
- Screening and colonoscopy to eligible residents age 45 years of age and older or residents over 18 years old who are at increased risk for colorectal cancer.
- Patient navigation services for colorectal cancer.
- Proof of residency in Maryland
- Limited income
- No health insurance or health insurance that does not cover a colonoscopy
If you qualify, the CRCP staff will:
- Provide a list of doctors from which to choose services.
- Schedule appointments
- Arrange for transportation, if necessary
- Provide interpretation services for non-English speaking clients
To apply for the program, call the Howard County Health Department at (410) 313-4255.