Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among men and women in both the United States and in South Carolina. Early stage CRC can be prevented and detected early through screening.

As a primary member of the State Health Plan, you may not have to pay any out-of-pocket costs for colonoscopies or take-home early detection kits.

Your plan follows the age recommendations set by the United States Preventive Services Task Force for routine colonoscopies.

So if you’re a State Health Plan primary member, beginning at age 50, you can now get both routine and diagnostic colonoscopies at no charge at a participating qualified network provider. Those under age 50 can get a diagnostic colonoscopy ordered by a qualified network provider at no charge.

This means no copay and no requirement that you must first meet a deductible. Your plan will pay 100 percent of the cost, including the consultation, the generic prep kit, procedure and anesthesia at a qualified network provider.

A second option

For some members, an early detection test you can take at home and submit by mail might be an option. It’s convenient — and again, there’s no cost to you.

Talk to your doctor about your risk factors for colorectal cancer and the best screening type for your age and health condition.