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Screening Saves Lives!
 

Screening tests help find precancerous growths (called polyps) so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Did you know that if you’re over the age of 50, you are at increased risk for colon cancer?

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With Nebraska's high incidence of colon cancer and low screening rates, the time is right to launch,
Stay in the Game. Over the next year, the partners in this campaign intend to increase enrollment in the Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program, and to increase screening rates for all person in Nebraska over age fifty.

Colon Cancer Brochure:English Spanish
Colon Health Fact Sheet
Client Education
CRC Provider Directory

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Enrollment Forms English Spanish

FACT SHEETS
PDF Colitis
PDF Colitis (Spanish)
PDF Colonoscopy
PDF Colonoscopy (Spanish)
PDF Colorectal Cancer
PDF Crohns Disease
PDF Crohns Disease (Spanish)
PDF Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
PDF Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (Spanish)
PDF Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)
PDF Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) (Spanish)
PDF Hereditary Non Polyposis Colorectal Cancer
PDF Hereditary Non Polyposis Colorectal Cancer (Spanish)
PDF Inflammatory Bowel Disease
PDF Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Spanish)


PROVIDERS
PDF Provider Update Letter Regarding Clients With Rectal Bleeding (05/10)
PDF Provider Contract Manual (2009)
PDF Questions and Answers
PDF Distribution Algorithm
PDF Eligibility Algorithm
PDF Polyp Algorithm
PDF Follow Up and Treatment Algorithm

 

 

CRC MATERIALS

RADIO and TELEVISION SPOTS

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What is the Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program (NCP)?
>The goals of the Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program are to:

  1. Educate Nebraskans about the need for colon and rectal cancer screening.
  2. Decrease the number of Nebraskans who develop colon and rectal cancers through preventive screening.
  3. Provide appropriate education and/or colon and rectal cancer screening tests to Nebraskans who are under or uninsured

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How do you enroll?
Any Nebraska man or women between the ages of 50 and 74, and who meet income guidelines, is eligible to fill out the Enrollment Forms English Spanish

 

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Recommended Screening Guidelines
The following are recommendations for those 50 years of age and older.  The recommendations are to use one or a combination of the following tests for persons at average risk:

  1. SigmoidoscopyFactSheet.pdfFecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)  Yearly
  2. SigmoidoscopyFactSheet.pdfSigmoidoscopy  Every 5 Years
  3. SigmoidoscopyFactSheet.pdfColonoscopy Every 10 Years
  4. SigmoidoscopyFactSheet.pdfDouble Contrast Barium Enema (DCBE) Every 5-10 Years

Services Provided by the Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program

  1. Review of health history and education about colon and rectal cancer screening.
  2. Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) annually if determined to be the best screening test based on your health history.
  3. Colonoscopy as initial screening test if determined to be the best screening test based on your health history.
  4. Colonoscopy following a positive Fecal Occult Blood Test

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Colon Cancer Signs and Symptoms
What do these people have in common?  They all got tested for colorectal cancer.

Colon cancer often starts with no symptoms.
The exact cause of mo st colon cancers is not known, however research says that approximately 75% of colorectal cancers occur in people with no known risk factors.  

Risk factors that may increase a person’s risk of developing colon cancer include:

  • A family history of colon or rectal polyps or colorectal cancer, or
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)
  • Genetic syndromes

Colon cancer develops with few, if any, symptoms at first.   If symptoms are present, they may include:

  • Blood in or on the stool
  • A change in bowel habits
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • General, unexplained stomach discomfort
  • Frequent gas, pains, or indigestion
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chronic fatigue

These symptoms can also be associated with other health conditions.   If you have any of these symptoms, discuss them with your health care provider.   Only your health care provider, through testing, can determine why you’re having these symptoms

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Colon Cancer Prevention
Did you know that you can stop this cancer before it starts?
Screening saves lives.   Having regular screening tests beginning at age 50 could save your life.   Colon cancers almost always develop from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum.   Screening tests find polyps, so they can be removed before they change into cancer.   Screening tests find colon cancer early, when treatment works best and the chance for a full recovery is very high.

The most effective way to reduce your risk of colon cancer is by having
colon cancer screening tests beginning at age 50.

There are seven steps to lowering your risk of colon cancer:

  1. Get regular colon cancer screening tests beginning at age 50.
  2. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and whole grains from breads, cereals, nuts, and beans.
  3. Eat a low-fat diet.
  4. Eat foods with folate such as leafy green vegetables. A daily multivitamin containing .4 mg of folic acid may also be helpful.
  5. If you use alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  6. If you use tobacco, quit.   If you don’t use tobacco, don’t start.
  7. Exercise for at least 20 minutes three to four days each week. Moderate exercise such as walking, gardening, or climbing steps may help reduce your risk.

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Questions and Answers
Screening tests can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.   Several tests can be used to screen for colorectal cancer.   These tests are used alone or in combination with each other.

  1. SigmoidoscopyFactSheet.pdfFecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)
  2. SigmoidoscopyFactSheet.pdfSigmoidoscopy
  3. SigmoidoscopyFactSheet.pdfColonoscopy
  4. SigmoidoscopyFactSheet.pdfDouble Contrast Barium Enema  

 

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For more information, contact:
Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program
301 Centennial Mall South , 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 94817
Lincoln, NE 68509-4817
In Lincoln:  (402) 471-0929
Outside Lincoln:  (800) 532-2227
Fax: (402) 471-0913 or (402) 742-2379
TDD: (800) 833-7352
E-mail:
dhhs.nccsp@nebraska.gov.

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