Public Health & Preventing Disease

Cancer Prevention

 

March is Colorectal Awareness Month
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  • Colorectal cancer, cancer of the colon or rectum, is highly preventable through screening and early detection, but only one in three Montanans are up-to-date on their screenings, the third lowest screening rate in the nation.
  • Being up-to-date on screenings means having had a colonoscopy in the past 10 years, a sigmoidoscopy in the past 3 years, or a yearly FIT test or other yearly highly sensitive take-home stool-sample test. The annual FIT test works by detecting hidden blood in the stool, which may indicate cancer-causing polyps. Colorectal cancer often has no symptoms, which makes screening critical.
  • Colorectal screening is recommended for all people ages 50-75, and may start earlier for those at higher risk. Talk to your healthcare provider about your options. Most insurance companies, along with Medicare and Medicaid, cover screening costs.

 

RiverStone Health Comprehensive Cancer Control services focus on cancer prevention, early detection and screening, and health advocacy to meet the needs of at-risk Montanans. Every man, woman and child can help prevent cancer by knowing their risk factors, getting screened and choosing a healthy lifestyle. Our cancer control efforts reach Yellowstone, Big Horn, Carbon, and Stillwater counties.

Our efforts, guided by the Montana Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, include:

  • Providing Financial Assistance for Screening
  • Coordinating Outreach and Education
  • Building Coalitions
  • Nurturing Advocacy

Find out more about Cancer Screening Services and eligibility requirements.

RiverStone Health Comprehensive Cancer Control
123 South 27th Street
Billings, Montana 59101
Phone: 406.247.3215
Fax: 406.247.3359

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm