​The American Cancer Society recommends that beginning at age 50, both men and women at average risk should be screened for colorectal cancer.


Early colorectal cancer often has no symptoms.

Possible symptoms for colorectal cancer include:

- Blood in the stool

- Pain or cramping in the lower abdomen

- Change in bowel habits

- Unexplained weight loss

The Caroline County Health Department Colorectal Cancer Screening program assists both men and women in being screened for colorectal cancer, including pre-screening exams, prep medications, and colonoscopies.

Program services are provided at no cost to the client. All eligibility requirements must be met in order to enroll.

Program Eligibility

  • Individuals age 50 or older or under age 50 with any of the following criteria: 
    • Personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps  
    • Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Chron's, ect)
    • Women with a history of cancer of the endometrium or ovaries
    • Currently experiencing symptoms of colorectal cancer such as: blood in the stool, pain or cramping in the lower abdomen, changes in bowel habits, or unexplained weight loss 
  • Caroline County residency
  •  Uninsured, underinsured, high deductible or co-pay

Patient navigation services are available to insured clients.

To enroll or learn more about the program contact Leigh Marquess at 410-479-8082 or Mavis Jones at 410-479-8084.