2017 Colorectal Cancer Employee Screening Initiative

Colorectal cancer affects both men and women, and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Alabama.

The University of South Alabama is implementing a Colorectal Cancer Employee Screening Initiative for all USA employees and their dependents ages 50-75.

This initiative is intended to facilitate colorectal screening as a free and effective way for you and your dependents to stay healthy!

 

Should I be screened?

Screening is recommended beginning at age 50 so that the disease may be caught before symptoms appear, when it is the most treatable.

 

How does the screening process work?

Preventing colon cancer, or finding it early, doesn't have to be expensive. There are simple, affordable tests available, including take-home options. Get screened! Call your doctor today to discuss your options.
Colonoscopy is the only screening option that can remove polyps before they become cancer.
The USA Digestive Health Center, 75 S. University Boulevard, is a leading academic center that offers advanced colonoscopy options.
In the past, USA Mitchell Cancer Institute offered take-home FIT kits to eligible employees. The funding for this state program is no longer available. Those who have used this service in the past should talk to their primary care doctor about the availability of take-home test options.

 

How can I schedule my screening?

Colonoscopy: Call (251) 660-5555 and schedule your consultation today with a USA gastroenterologist.
FIT/FOBT: Talk to your primary care doctor. If you do not have a primary care doctor, your health insurance plan can often help. For employees of BCBS of Alabama, the contact number is 877-345-6171. For those on a different plan, the number is often on the back of your insurance card.

Colonoscopy is usually recommended for men and women once every 10 years.

Questions?

Please email us at mci.crc2017@health.southalabama.edu.

 

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