HHSS Offers Colon Cancer Screening Services

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The Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program provides full cancer screening services throughout the state. Administered by the Every Woman Matters program of the Nebraska Health and Human Services System (HHSS), the program targets both men and women over age 50.

Nebraska is one of only five programs in the nation receiving funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for this program.

"Colon cancer occurs more often in Nebraska than in the rest of the United States," said Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer of HHSS. "Only one third of Nebraska adults over 50 were screened in the last five years. The national incidence rate for colon cancer is currently 54.6 per 100,000 population. Nebraska's rate is 58.6 per 100,000 population with many counties significantly higher."

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The Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program is available to both men and women age 50 and older. Income must be at or below 225% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For example, a family of four can make up to $45,000 a year and be eligible for program services.

"Contracted medical providers will encourage screening for colon cancer and provide test results to participants," said Kathy Ward, HHSS Administrator of Women's Health. "They will also educate and make follow-up referrals."

Following breast and cervical cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. It is the second leading cause of cancer death. Colon cancer claims the lives of about 50,000 men and women each year. When colorectal cancer is found early and treated, the five-year survival rate is 90%.

Enrollment forms and information about colon cancer can be found at www.hhss.ne.gov/crc. Additional information is available by calling the Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program at 1-800-532-2227.

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