As you may have heard, the American Cancer Society recently updated its recommendation to begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45, five years earlier than the previous recommended age of 50. Effective March 1, 2019, The Navigators Health Plan will cover preventive colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 45 for average risk* members.

What does this mean for you?

If you are age 45 or above, talk to your primary care physician about your colorectal cancer risk and appropriate screening. Remember to visit at in-network provider to reduce the cost to you and The Navigators. You can look up in-network providers and screening facilities online at aetna.com under “Find Care.”

For more information about colorectal cancer screening, visit the American Cancer Society’s website at https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer.html.  

* For screening, people are considered to be at average risk if they do not have:

  • A personal history of colorectal cancer or certain types of polyps
  • A family history of colorectal cancer
  • A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)
  • A confirmed or suspected hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome, such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or Lynch syndrome (hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer or HNPCC)
  • A personal history of getting radiation to the abdomen (belly) or pelvic area to treat a prior cancer.

If any of the above conditions apply to you, please see the American Cancer Society link above for more information and talk to your primary care physician about your options.