The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone get screened for colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, starting at age 45. Here is some information on colon cancer, as well as some of the screenings you may want to discuss with your doctor.
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What is colon cancer?
Colon cancer forms in the rectum or colon, which are in the lower part of your digestive tract. According to the American Cancer Society, most colon cancers start as small growths called "polyps" in the lining of the digestive tract. Polyps may turn into cancer over time, but not all polyps become cancerous.
How can colon cancer be prevented?
The most effective way to prevent colon cancer is to get screened. Preventive screenings can help detect polyps so that they can be removed before they become cancerous.
Scientists are studying how diet, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol use can affect the risk for colon cancer.
Are colon cancer screenings covered by Blue Cross of Idaho?
Many colon cancer screenings/tests are covered as part of Blue Cross of Idaho health plan preventive care benefits. Please refer to your plan documents for more information on what is available to you. Blue Cross of Idaho uses the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines for colon cancer screening, including how often you should get screened.
Colon cancer screenings available
Here are the screenings that are available:
Talk to your doctor
Talk to your doctor about when you should get screened and which screening may be right for you. You can also take this short quiz from the Colorectal Cancer Alliance to see which screening options may be best for you. Screenings for colon cancer are the best-known ways to help prevent and find colon cancer early.
Find out more about colon cancer with the Sharecare wellbeing app. With Sharecare, you’ll also find tips on how you can eat better, lower stress and be more active! To get the app, visit bcidaho.sharecare.com so you can create your Sharecare account, download the app and take the RealAge® Test. Do not download the Sharecare app directly from the App Store or Google Play.
Disclaimer: This wellness program is administered by Sharecare, Inc., an independent company that provides health improvement management services to Blue Cross of Idaho members. Sharecare, Inc., does not provide Blue Cross of Idaho products or services and is solely responsible for the health improvement management services it provides.
Posted: March 9, 2022