Colorectal Cancer Program
Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. Early stages of colorectal cancer may not have any signs or symptoms. Colorectal cancer screenings help prevent this disease and saves lives through early detection and treatment. It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control that all people over 45 get screened for colon cancer. This is because 90% of colorectal cancer is found in people over 50. Call us at 443-523-1700 for more information on free cancer screenings for individuals without insurance.
- Often starts as a polyp, or tissue growth, in the colon or rectum that can grow to become cancer
- When found early, it can be cured. You can prevent colorectal cancer by exercising regularly, not smoking, and eating healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- A colonoscopy is the best test to find colorectal cancer
Are you at risk?
- Older than 45
- Have a history of polyps or colorectal cancer
- Have a family member with a history of colorectal cancer
- Have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease)
Possible symptoms of Colorectal Cancer
- Bloody stool
- Changes in the size of the stool or constipation
- Unexplained weight loss
- Lump in abdomen
What is colonoscopy?
- It is when a flexible tube is used to look at the whole colon from the inside. The doctor looks for polyps that could turn into cancer and removes them
You may qualify for a colonoscopy at no cost to you if:
- Have no health insurance or no health insurance that covers screening for colorectal cancer
- Are between the ages of 45-64 (younger than 50 if you or a family member has a history of colorectal cancer or polyps or anyone experiencing symptoms
- Are a Somerset County resident
Call 443-523-1700 today to see if you qualify for a colonoscopy at no cost to you.
Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) on the Eastern Shore
Do you, or someone you know, on the Eastern Shore need to be screened for cancer? The Maryland BCCP on the Eastern Shore provides breast and cervical cancer screenings at NO COST to women across the shore who meet program eligibility guidelines:
- Live in a Maryland Eastern Shore County;
- Are 40—64 years old, (or if you are over age 65 and do not have Medicare Part B);
- Have limited income;
- Have no health insurance or insurance that does not completely pay for breast exams, mammograms, Pap or HPV tests or follow-up testing.
If you are eligible, the following services will be provided by doctors, clinics and hospitals in your local county:
- Breast Exams
- Pap and HPV Tests
- And more!
The three programs listed below coordinate breast and cervical cancer screening services for all Eastern Shore residents. Please contact one of the three programs for more information about no cost screenings and to schedule your appointment.
Upper Shore Region
Kent County Health Department
125 S. Lynchburg Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
Caroline County Health Department
403 S. 7th Street, Rm 268
Denton, MD 21629
Lower Shore Region
Wicomico County Health Department
108 East Main Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
For more information see: