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

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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.