What to Know
about Colorectal Care

When it comes to your colorectal health, early detection is the best medicine. Screenings, like colonoscopies and at-home kits, can prevent life-threatening illnesses, like colon cancer. And they’re $0 with your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan plan.

What does ‘colorectal’ mean?

When we talk about colorectal health, we're referring to the health of your colon and rectum.

Second leading cause
Of cancer death in men and women combined in the U.S.*
*From the American Cancer Society’s 2017 Cancer Facts & Figures and Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2017-2019.
149,500 people
That likely will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year.*
*From the American Cancer Society’s 2017 Cancer Facts & Figures and Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2017-2019.
40% higher
Death rate in the African American community from colorectal cancer.*
*From the American Cancer Society’s 2017 Cancer Facts & Figures and Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2017-2019.

Who should get screened?

Everyone age 50 and older. Talk to your doctor to see if you should get screened earlier or more often if you’re African American, or have a family history of colorectal illness. You should also let your doctor know if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.

At-home or in-person screenings

You have safe, convenient options for colorectal screenings. They can be done in the privacy of your home or in an office setting. Both are $0 when prescribed by your primary care doctor.

Schedule an appointment with your doctor to see which one is right for you.

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Knowledge is Powerful Prevention

Learn more about colorectal cancer and how to prevent it.