Post Content

When colon cancer is caught early, it can be cured 90% of the time, yet a quarter of Massachusetts residents have never been screened or are not up-to-date with screening.

Test Yourself at Home imageThe only way to catch colon cancer early is to get screened, and you have options. Many people have heard about colonoscopies, but there’s also a test you can do at home.  This simple, yearly stool test can help prevent colon cancer and find early signs – before you have symptoms.

Who needs to be screened?

  • Men and women who are 50 or older
  • People with a higher risk — those with a personal or family history of polyps or colon cancer — should talk to their doctors about early screening
  • African-Americans have a greater risk for colon cancer, so screening is especially important

Screening for colon cancer can help your doctor find and remove polyps (growths that can turn into cancer if not removed). It can also help doctors find cancer early, when treatment works best.

Both colonoscopies and at-home stool tests are covered by insurance — talk to your doctor about which option might be right for you.

Learn more about the at-home test.

Order/download free resources on colon cancer screening.

Written By:


Director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program

Tags: , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

WIC: A Vital Resource for Massachusetts Families During COVID-19 posted on Oct 1

During COVID-19, many families are worried about having enough food at home.  Promoting programs that help improve food security has been essential during the pandemic.  One of these programs, administered by the Department of Public Health, is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants,   …Continue Reading WIC: A Vital Resource for Massachusetts Families During COVID-19

Learn How You Can Help Prevent Suicide posted on Sep 21

Learn How You Can Help Prevent Suicide

For many people, the COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to feelings of uncertainty, fear, stress, and anxiety which can take a toll on mental health. It is important, particularly in uncertain times, to prioritize conversations around mental health, including suicide. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness   …Continue Reading Learn How You Can Help Prevent Suicide

Highlights of the September 17 Public Health Council Meeting posted on Sep 17

The September monthly meeting of the Public Health Council, which took place via teleconference in light of ongoing restrictions on public gatherings, featured two informational presentations from Department subject matter experts: Update from the Massachusetts WIC Program Update on Flu Immunization Activities in Massachusetts The   …Continue Reading Highlights of the September 17 Public Health Council Meeting