Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of non-skin cancer diagnosed in both men and women. It’s the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States.
91% survivalThe five-year survival rate when found early, while still localized.
10 yearsExperts recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50.
100% coveredGEHA covers preventive screenings in-network for members ages 50-75.
We make at-home screenings easy, private and free.For eligible GEHA members*, completing your yearly screening at home is easy, confidential and effective. You will earn $50 Health Rewards for returning the screening kit.
A kit is mailed directly to your house.
Complete a test in the privacy of your home.
Mail the completed test back for results.
Schedule an exam.Use our Find Care tool to search for a gastroenterologist in your area or speak with your current primary care physician to schedule an appointment.
Know the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer.
Many people with colorectal cancer experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. When symptoms appear, they can vary. If you experience any of the signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer, contact your health care provider.
- A persistent change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool
- Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
- Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain
- A feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely
- Weakness or fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
Risk factors for colorectal cancer.
You may have personal risk factors that can increase the chance of developing colorectal cancer. Many of these factors may be out of your control, while others can be reduced through changed behavior. Talk to your doctor about your personal risk factors.
Risk factors you cannot change:
- Family or personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps
- Inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- Genetic conditions such as Lynch syndrome
Lifestyle factors that can help reduce risk:
- Eat a diet high in healthy fiber, fruits and vegetables
- Exercise regularly
- Lose weight
- Reduce or stop alcohol and tobacco consumption
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* At-home screenings are available to GEHA High Option, Standard Option and HDHP medical members.
This program is not available if Medicare is your primary medical coverage, or if you are a GEHA Elevate or Elevate Plus member. This is a brief description of the features of Government Employees Health Association, Inc.'s medical plans. Before making a final decision, please read the GEHA Federal brochures which are available at geha.com/Plan Brochure. All benefits are subject to the definitions, limitations and exclusions set forth in the Federal brochure.