Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. The American College of Gastroenterology recommends screening for colorectal cancer at age 50 for individuals who are not at increased risk of the disease. A gastroenterologist may recommend earlier screening for individuals with a family history of colon cancer, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease or other risk factors for colon cancer. Finding and treating colorectal cancer early may prevent death from colon cancer.
Baptist Health Floyd has partnered with Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana and hundreds of other health organizations across the nation in the 80 by 2018 initiative to screen 80 percent of the population for colorectal cancer by 2018. A screening can be as simple as an at-home test or as thorough as a colonoscopy.
Pick up your free colorectal cancer screening kit at Baptist Health Floyd Cancer Care at 2210 Green Valley Road in New Albany. The kits should be used by those over the age of 50 (age 45 for African Americans). If you have questions, please call (812) 981-7291.
Baptist Health Floyd also offers an Open Access Colonoscopy program to make the screening procedure more accessible to patients. Patients age 50 and older, without significant illnesses can schedule a colonoscopy screening, usually without a pre-procedure visit. For additional information about this program, complete our Open Access Questionnaire below. For assistance in completing the form, please call 1-800-4-SOURCE. To print a copy of Gastroenterology of Southern Indiana’s new patient packet click here.