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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a FIT test?

  • A: According to the Colon Cancer Alliance: a Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) test is a stool test that finds hidden blood in the stool damaged blood vessels usually release a small amount of blood into the stool that is not always seen blood in stool may be from side effects of medication, internal/external hemorrhoids, polyps, precancerous polyps, or colon cancer a positive test leads to screening colonoscopy to find out the reason for the bleeding.

Q: What is a colonoscopy?

  • A: The definition of a colonoscopy, as stated from the Mayo Clinic, is: “An exam used to detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and rectum. During a colonoscopy, a long, flexible tube (colonoscope) is inserted into the rectum. A tiny video camera at the tip of the tube allows the doctor to view the inside of the entire colon. If necessary, polyps or other types of abnormal tissue can be removed through the scope during a colonoscopy. Tissue samples (biopsies) can be taken during a colonoscopy as well.”

Q: How do I qualify for a FIT test?  

  • A: To qualify:
  1. be uninsured or underinsured
  2. call the helpline at 877-385-2345
  3. answer a few questions to see if you qualify

Q: How do I qualify for a colonoscopy?  

  • A: To qualify:
  1. be uninsured or underinsured
  2. call the helpline at 877-385-2345
  3. answer a few questions to see if you qualify

Q: What is the cost?  

  • A: Free for those who qualify.

Q: How often can I do a FIT test?

  • A: Once a year.

Q: How often can I get a colonoscopy?

  • A: After receiving a colonoscopy, the doctor will determine when the next colonoscopy should be done.

Q: What are the income guidelines?  

  • A: Please view the income guidelines under the program information.

Q: How do I do the FIT test?

  • A: Detailed instructions come in the packet. The FIT test can be completed quickly, mailed, and tested. Simple.

Q: How do I complete a colonoscopy?  

  • A: If you qualify, you will have a Colon Health Coordinator that will work with you every step of the way. Your Colon Health Coordinator will help with any questions, coordination, and support.

Q: What if I am undocumented?   

  • A: Documentation status is not required.