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Schedule Your Colorectal Cancer Screening!

Louisiana has the fourth highest death rate from colorectal cancer in the nation. That is why getting your colorectal cancer screening is so important.

A colorectal cancer screening can help keep you healthy by catching cancer early. That’s why it is important for adults between the ages of 45 and 75 to get regular screenings. When it is caught early, colorectal cancer is almost always survivable.


Get rewarded for getting your screening!

Louisiana Healthcare Connections members ages 45-75 earn $50 in healthy rewards when they get their colorectal cancer screening. Rewards can be used to pay for things like utilities and rent.

Call your health care provider to schedule your screening.

Don’t have a primary care provider? Find one using our Find a Provider Tool. Need help? Call Member Services at 1-866-595-8133 (TTY: 711) and let us help you schedule your screening.

Questions you may have about colorectal cancer

You are at risk of colorectal cancer if you fall within ANY of these categories:

  • Are ages 45 or older
  • Do not exercise
  • Have a family history of colorectal cancer
  • Smoke tobacco
  • Are overweight (have a BMI of 25.0 or greater)
  • Consume more than 2 glasses of alcohol per day
  • Have type 2 diabetes or Crohn’s disease
  • Eat more than three portions of red meat or processed meat (like deli meat, bacon and hot dogs) per week

Colorectal cancer almost always develops from abnormal growths in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can help find these abnormal growths so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

Multiple screening tests are available and are used at different times. Possible tests include:

  • Colonoscopy every 10 years
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
  • CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years
  • Yearly fecal occult blood test
  • Yearly stool fecal immunochemical test (FIT)
  • Stool DNA test every 1 to 3 years

Talk with your primary care provider about which test is best for you. Some people should be screened using a different schedule because of their personal or family health history. Talk with your provider about your health history.

Need help? 

Call Member Services at 1-866-595-8133 (TTY: 711) Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and let us help you schedule your screening.