Free Colon Cancer Screening for Uninsured

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Bassett Healthcare Network offers FREE at-home colon cancer screening kit for uninsured

All men and women 50 years and older should be tested for colon cancer.

Did You Know... Colon cancer is the #2 cause of cancer deaths, but it doesn’t have to be. Screening tests can find colon cancer early when treatment works best. Tests can find growths (polyps) so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Colon cancer or polyps may not cause symptoms, especially early on. Don’t wait for symptoms before you get tested. More than half of deaths from colon cancer could be prevented with regular testing.

Uninsured? Call 1-888-345-0225 or fill out the form below to learn about free colon cancer screening and find out if you’re eligible to have a free FIT kit (at-home stool test) mailed to you. Please note that this service is for New York State residents only. For out-of-state guests, please visit the CDC's website to find resources.

There is more than one test for colon cancer screening. Talk to your health care provider. Whichever test you choose, getting screened is the right choice.

Types of Colon Cancer Screening Tests

At-Home Stool Tests

  • There are 2 types of at-home tests: Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) or Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
  • You do these tests at home and send stool samples to a doctor’s office or lab.
  • These tests show if there is blood in your stool.
  • If blood is found, you will need to have a colonoscopy to find the cause of the bleeding.
  • These tests are safe and easy to complete. No time off from work is needed.
  • You do these tests once a year.

Colonoscopy

  • A colonoscopy is done in a doctor’s office or other medical place.
  • The doctor looks for growths (polyps) or cancer in the rectum and colon.
  • Any polyps found during the test can be removed. This may help prevent cancer.
  • You will be given medicine to make you more comfortable or to put you to sleep during the test.
  • If the results of your test are normal, a colonoscopy can be done once every 10 years. Otherwise, your doctor will tell you when you should have the next test.

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

  • A flexible sigmoidoscopy is done in a doctor’s office or other medical place.
  • The doctor checks for growths (polyps) or cancer inside the rectum and lower third of the colon.
  • This test is done every five years. If this test is done along with an FOBT, the FOBT should be done every three years.

The Cancer Services Program of the Central Region offers breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured men and women.

Bassett Healthcare Network provides life-saving colon cancer screenings in Herkimer, Oneonta, Little Falls, Cobleskill, Cooperstown, and other locations across Central New York.

Free at-home colon cancer screening kits

Take-home colon cancer screening kits are an easy and effective way to get screened for colon cancer. If you’re 50 and over, talk to your doctor about testing options. If you do not have insurance, call the Cancer Services Program of the Central Region at 1-888-345-0225 to see if you are eligible to have a kit mailed to you or fill out the form below and we will contact you directly. Please note that this service is for New York State residents only. For out-of-state guests, please visit the CDC's website to find resources.

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