Colorectal cancer is cancer in the colon (large bowel) or rectum (connection between large bowel and anus). In the U.S., colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and second leading cancer killer among cancers affecting both men and women.
Regular screening helps detect precancerous problems and early stages of cancer. If all people 45 and older had regular exams, up to 60% of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented. Treatment in the early stages often leads to a cure.
Our program performs client intakes at the Dorchester County Health Department. Colorectal procedures are provided by contracted medical professionals at their facilities.
The colorectal cancer screening program provides free exams for colorectal cancer for men and women age 45 and older who meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Do not have insurance;
- Insurance does not cover screening; or
- Have a family history of colon cancer or adenomatous polyps, and meet financial requirements.
Patient navigation services are available to eligible insured clients.
Contact Kathy Riggins, RN, at (410) 901-8125 or by email to verify eligibility, for more information, one-on-one education, or to schedule a presentation to a group.
Program funded by the Maryland Tobacco Restitution Fund.
The program offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women across the Eastern Shore who meet eligibility requirements. The programs listed below arrange breast and cervical cancer screenings for all Shore residents. Please contact a program for more information, to determine eligibility, or to make an appointment.
Caroline County Health Department
403 S. 7th Street Rm 268
Denton, MD 21629
Lower Shore Region
Wicomico County Health Department
108 East Main Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
Upper Shore Region
Kent County Health Department
125 S. Lynchburg Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
You also may call 1-800-477-9774 to discuss the best local program for you.