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Colon cancer screening


This program helps eligible clients get screened for colon cancer and to help access treatment for those who are uninsured and have colon cancer.

To find out if you qualify, call our program referral line at 1-800-756-5437 or visit the Community Health Access Program (CHAP) phone assistance service website to learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/chap


  • Colon screening for ages 50-64
  • Screening services are available to the trans community
  • Adults age 50, Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is recommended every year
  • Colonoscopy as prescribed by medical provider
  • The program may provide services for people under 50 if there is a family history of cancer. Talk with your medical provider.

Age:

  • Adults ages 50-64 years of age
  • The program may provide services for those younger than 50 if there is a family or personal history of colorectal cancer

Low income, lack of health insurance or a high deductible:

Myths:

  • Colon cancer affects only men
  • Once diagnosed with colon cancer it is too late to do anything about it
  • Colon cancer screening is not needed if there is no family history

Facts:

  • Both men and women are affected with colorectal cancer
  • With regular screenings, colorectal cancer is preventable
  • Age is an important factor in colorectal cancer
  • Maintaining good eating habits, healthy weight, regular exercise, and not smoking can contributes to lower risk for colorectal cancer
  • American Cancer Society
    Provides health education, cancer information and more.
    • Phone: 1-800-227-2345 National Cancer Helpline; stay online for language translator support

  • CANCERcare
    A national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved.
  • Cancer Information Service
    Health and cancer education materials, help with quitting smoking, librarians can answer questions about cancer. Spanish-speakers available.
    • Phone: 1-800-4-CANCER, (1-800-422-6237)

  • Cancer Lifeline
    Offers a wide range of programs, support groups, financial assistance, classes, activities and presentations aimed at optimizing the quality of life for cancer patients and cancer survivors and their families, friends, co-workers and caregivers. All services free of charge.
    • Phone: 206-297-2100, 206-297-2500, 1-800-255-5505

  • Crisis Connections
    Helping Lives on the Line and 211 and other resources available in multiple languages.
    • Phone: 1-866-4CRISIS (427-4747) for 24-hour assistance for people with emotional crisis
    • Phone: 1-800-621-4636 for 211 Community Informationline. Available from 8 am - 6 pm

  • Cancer Pathways
    Offers programs of education, support and community options for people living with cancer along with their families and friends.
    • Phone: 206-709-1400, 866-200-2383
  • EthnoMED
    Culture, language, health, illness and community resources directly accessible to health care providers who see patients from different ethnic groups.
  • Hopelink
    Serves homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities, promoting self-sufficiency for all members of the community. Transportation to medical appointments is provided to all Medicaid patients in King County.
    • Phone: 1-800-923-7433

  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer
    • Cancer Survivors Help Line: 888-753-5222
  • Cancer resources from MedlinePlus, National Institutes of Health
    Includes a dictionary of cancer terms and more. See information on chemotherapy.

  • College of American Pathologists
    Information about the disease, treatment options, key terms, pictures of normal and diseased tissue, questions to ask your doctor.

  • Cancer Genetic Counseling Resources
    • Swedish Hospital Medical Center – Hereditary Cancer Clinic
      • 1221 Madison, Suite 1220, Seattle, WA 98104
      • Phone: 206-215-4377 for appointments
    • University of Washington Medical Center – Medical Genetics Clinic
      • 1959 NE Pacific, Seattle, WA 98195
      • Phone: 206-598-4030

  • Operation Uplift
    Provides no-cost support groups, prosthesis, wigs, head coverings, mammogram vouchers and limited financial assistance for transportation.
    • 118 N. Liberty St. Port Angeles, WA 98362
      Phone: 360-457-5141 (Limited hours, call first)

  • Patient Advocate Foundation
    National non-profit that uses case managers and healthcare attorneys to act as a liaison for complex situations between patients and insurers, employers, creditors, etc. (Clinics should help first with simpler problems).
    • Phone: 800-532-5274
  • RX Outreach
    Provides prescription drug assistance for clients based on income and number of dependents living in their home.
    • Phone: 800-769-3880
  • NeedyMeds
    A national non-profit helping people locate assistance programs to help them afford their medications and other healthcare costs.