|Colorectal Cancer In New Jersey
Information And Recommendations
Regarding Screening For Colorectal Cancer(10-12, 17)
Screening = Prevention + Early Detection
The risk of colorectal cancer increases sharply with age, and 90 percent of colorectal cancer cases occur in people over 50. As a result, regular colorectal cancer screening is strongly recommended for persons 50 years of age and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that more than one-third of all colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented by regular screening.
+Fecal occult blood test
++Double contrast barium enema
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines for screening, men and women over the age of 50 should follow one of the following screening options:
A digital rectal examination (DRE) should also be performed at the time of each sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or barium enema examination.
For individuals exhibiting any of the following colorectal cancer risk factors, screening should begin at an earlier age and be performed more often:
New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Screening Services (NJCEED)
The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Services (NJCEED), New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, provides free screening for colorectal cancer, as well as breast, cervical, and prostate cancers, for uninsured or low-income individuals over the age of 40. NJCEED contracts with an agency in 20 of New Jersey's 21 counties to provide these services. The phone number of the program office in each county are listed below:
|Cumberland/Salem||856-825-3344||Salem||(call NJCEED directly at 609-292-8540)|
Each county also has an Office on Aging that can be reached at the number listed below:
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