Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal (colon) cancer is one of the most common cancers in Essex County and the most commonly occurring cancer. Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. The colon and rectum are part of the body’s digestive system. To learn more about the colon and rectum – where they are and how they work – follow this link.

Screening Recommendations

Screening guidelines by age are:

  • 45-75 — colonoscopy every 10 years for average-risk patients.
  • 76-85 — selective testing based on individual factors, such as overall health, life expectancy, and previous screening history.

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new public service announcement (PSA) videos focused on colorectal cancer screening – 

These impactful videos aim to raise awareness about the importance of regular colorectal cancer screening for individuals at average risk, starting at age 45. We believe these PSAs will empower residents of Essex County to take charge of their health and prioritize potentially life-saving screenings. 

Butt seriously… Did you know colorectal cancer is the second most commonly occurring cancer in adults in Essex County?

Have you seen our campaign?????

Begin screening at age 45 or talk to your doctor about getting screened earlier if colorectal cancer or polyps run in your family.

Screening rates for colorectal cancer are lower in Essex County when compared to NYS rates. The rates of  colon/rectal cancers are higher than both regional and state averages. 
Reasons people may not get screened for colorectal cancer:

💲Cost concerns: Even with insurance coverage, out-of-pocket costs, time off work, and transportation challenges can act as deterrents, especially for individuals with limited resources.
❓ Lack of healthcare access: People without a regular doctor or adequate health insurance might face difficulties navigating the healthcare system and obtaining screening services.
⌚ Inconvenient scheduling: Busy lifestyles or limited office hours can make booking and attending screening appointments difficult.

The Cancer Services Program can help!⬇

Provides breast, cervical, and colon cancer screening at NO COST to people who qualify.

Call 518-324-7671 to talk with someone about your options.

Do I Qualify?

Cancer screening may be available to you if:

  • Live in New York State
  • Do not have health insurance
  • Have health insurance that may prevent a person from obtaining screening and/or diagnostic services
  • Meet income eligibility requirements
  • Meet age requirements


📞 Call 518-324-7671 to determine eligibility, enroll in the program, assist with scheduling a cancer screening, or with any questions.   

🩺Many medical providers throughout Essex County participate with this program.

🔬🧪Many diagnostic services are covered when positive screening results are found.

The Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program is available for those who qualify.

Services Available

Services provided through participating providers and hospitals:

  • Breast Cancer Screening (Mammogram and Clinical Breast Exam)
    • Women ages 40 and older
    • Women under age 40 at high risk for breast cancer*
  • Cervical Cancer Screening (Pap Test and Pelvic Exam)
    • Women ages 40 and older
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening (Fecal Immunochemical Test Kit)
    • Men and women ages 45 and older at average risk for colorectal cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening (Colonoscopy)
    • Men and women at increased or high risk for colorectal cancer*

*Only a New York State-licensed health care provider can determine risk.

Cancer Services Program

The Cancer Services Program of Northeastern NY is coordinated through the UVMHN, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital covering Clinton, Essex, & Franklin counties.⬆

Learn more about the NYSDOH Cancer Services Program.

Why Should I be Screened for Cancer??

Cancer screening can save lives. Screening tests check for signs of cancer before there are symptoms or problems. Screening tests for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer can find cancer early, when it may be easier to treat. Cervical and colorectal cancer can be prevented if found early.

What if I Have Health Insurance?

Most health insurance covers breast, cervical, and colon cancer screenings at no cost to the patient. This includes Medicaid and plans in the New York State of Health. Check with your insurance plan to find out what cancer screening services are covered.

What if I Need Health Insurance?

Information about enrolling in a health plan through the New York State of Health is available at 855-355-5777 or