Colorectal Cancer Screening Program
What is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon (large intestines, bowel) or rectum. It is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths for Kent County residents. Over 93% of all colorectal cancers are found in persons age 50 or older. Regular screening starting at the age of 50 can prevent colorectal cancer by finding polyps (precancerous growths) and removing them. If there is a family history (First Degree Relatives-mother, father, sister, brother, or child) of colorectal polyps or cancer, screening may need to start before the age of 50.
What are the symptoms associated with Colorectal Cancer?
- Bleeding from rectum or blood in stool
- Pains or cramps in the lower abdomen
- Changes in bowel habits (constipation/diarrhea)
- Narrowing or “penciling” of stool
- Unexplained abdominal mass
- Unexplained weight loss
Which colorectal cancer screening tests are offered through the Kent County Health Department?There are currently three screening test available to Kent County residents who meet the program and financial guidelines:
- Colonoscopy-. A long thin, lighted scope is inserted into the rectum to view the entire colon. If polyps are found they can be removed during this procedure which is done as an Outpatient, at Chester River Hospital Center.
Download the Intake Form (pdf)
Please complete intake form and either:
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail or local drop-off to: Colorectal Cancer Program
Kent County Health Department
125 S. Lynchburg Street
Chestertown, MD 21620