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Colorectal Cancer is Preventable, Treatable, and Beatable!

In California, colorectal cancer (CRC) claims over 5,000 lives each year and is the third most common cause of death by cancer for both men and women. Since symptoms may not appear until the advanced stages of the disease, it is recommended that everyone begin regular CRC screenings at age 50. 

People with a family history of CRC and others in high-risk groups may need to begin screenings before their 50th birthday.  Up to 90 percent of people who develop CRC will survive if they receive a timely diagnosis and are treated before the cancer extends beyond the wall of the intestine.

For more information about being screened for CRC, speak with your doctor. If you do not have a doctor, your county public health department may be able to assist you. 

The California Colon Cancer Control Program (C4P) does not provide financial assistance, colonoscopies or any other CRC screening. Below is a non-comprehensive, self-reported listing of programs and resources for colon cancer screenings such as FIT, FOBT, and colonoscopies.  For information including eligibility and fees, contact the resource using the information listed below. 

Statewide Resources

Covered California   Accessible, high-quality health coverage for Californians as provided by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). (800) 300-1506 - The federal government's main ACA site.

The nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation site has information about ACA and its requirements, as well as policy summaries.

ebenefits Cal  Connects you to applications for Medi-Cal, County Medical Services Program (CMSP), CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps); and California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs).

WeConnect  Connects you to resources for your family, including Health, Money, Jobs, Food, Housing, Tax Help, and Education.

Statewide 211 Phone Directory  Community, health, and disaster information (24-hour). Dial 2-1-1 to connect with community services near you - child care, senior services, counseling, food, shelter, job services, and much more. The service is available in most counties.

Patient Advocate Foundation  Provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and other resources. (800) 532-5274

Other Resources

Take Care of That Body

Risk Assessment from the National LGBT Cancer Network

Family Plz

An online tool to help you share your family history of colorectal cancer with your doctor and loved ones.

Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer does not always cause symptoms. Learn more about potential early warning signs.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests

A summary of different colorectal cancer tests. Talk to your doctor about which test is right for you and your loved ones.

Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Consumer Guide

Understanding Task Force recommendations for colorectal cancer screening.

California Smokers' Helpline

Call 1-800-NO-BUTTS (800-662-8887) for help in quitting smoking.

Smokers' Helpline Medi-Cal Services

In most cases, Medi-Cal members can also get quitting aids from their pharmacy. First, ask your doctor if a quitting aid is right for you and get a prescription. Three quitting aids are on the Medi-Cal Contract Drug List.

Personal Colorectal Cancer Stories - CDPH Youtube page

Personal Colorectal Cancer Stories - CDC text

Personal Colorectal Cancer Stories - Celebrity Testimonials

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