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Screening Resources
Referral Resources and Benefit Programs
Educational Materials and Support Services

Screening Resources

Some of the County Health Departments in Florida offer primary care services and may be able to help you get a colorectal cancer screening test. 

Federal Primary Care Centers may offer colorectal cancer screening tests. These include a take home stool sample test, which are available at low cost clinics in the state. You can find the clinic closest to you by going to the Health Resources and Services Administration website at www.findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx.

The Florida Screen for Life Program is funded to provide limited free colorectal cancer screening services to low-income men and women aged 50-64 years who are underinsured or uninsured, at average risk for colorectal cancer and meet other eligibility requirements. 

The Center for Change in Orlando offers the FIT test which is a colorectal cancer screening test, at no cost. If you are interested in this option, you may find out more by contacting the center at 407-797-7561.

The National Center for Farm Workers Health operates a toll free bilingual health information and referral service. The Call for Health Program can provide assistance in locating health care and can provide some financial assistance once all other resources have been exhausted. For information call 1-800-377-9968, email info@ncfh.org, or visit the website at www.ncfh.org.

CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services including referrals for financial assistance, insurance co-pays, medications as well as information on cancer for those diagnosed with cancer. For more information call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673), email info@cancercare.org, or visit the website at www.cancercare.org.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has information on the CDC Colorectal Cancer Control Program in Florida. Call 1-800-232-6348 or visit theCDC website at www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/sfl/.

Clinical trials may be available in your area. For more information about clinical trials, please call 1-800-584-9976 or visit the Florida Cancer Trials Match Service website at www.floridacancertrials.com.

National Cancer Institute
Learn more about clinical trials, the potential benefits, processes, care costs and more: 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or visit the website at www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials.

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Referral Resources and Benefit Programs

Cover Florida Health Care Access Program makes affordable health coverage available to uninsured Floridians. To find the plans available in your area and the toll free numbers of the companies, visit the website at www.peopleshealthinsurance.com/coverInsurance.jsp.

Volunteer Health Services Program
The Florida Department of Health has a Volunteer Health Services Program with statewide coordinators that help locate quality healthcare for medically underserved and underinsured residents. For more information locating the coordinator in your area, call 1-850-245-4151.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has a website that has information on health conditions, health insurance, and health care provider locations. For more information go to www.FloridaHealthFinder.gov or call 1-888-419-3456.

The Florida Department of Children and Families has information on several medical assistance programs and other benefits. They also have a list of many other services that are available in Florida. You can call 1-866-762-2237 or view these on the website at www.dcf.state.fl.us/ess.

Additional helpful information may be available at Medicaid Options. You can call 1-866-454-3959 or visit the website: www.myflorida.com/accessflorida.

The Department of Elder Affairs
The Department of Elder Affairs is the primary state agency responsible for administering human services programs for older adults over the age of 60. The Department of Elder Affairs' website lists the services available to the seniors in this state including health insurance information. For information call 1-850-414-2000, email information@elderaffairs.org or visit the website: http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/index.php.

The Florida Department of Financial Services, Consumer Assistance Division can answer general insurance and financial questions through a toll-free helpline, 1-877-693-5236. They will be able to verify what your health insurance should cover and the deductibles involved. To learn more about ways to control and manage healthcare costs visit the Consumer Health Guides at http://www.myfloridacfo.com/division/consumers/.

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Educational Materials and Support Services

The American Cancer Society has staffed health professionals that are available 24 hours a day to provide information to cancer patients and their families. They provide many educational materials on cancer topics and cancer screenings, day to day help and emotional support. For more information call 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345) or visit the website at www.cancer.org.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Screen for Life Campaign has many fact sheets, brochures and posters on colorectal cancer screening. For more information call 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/.

The Colon Cancer Alliance provides education on colorectal cancer screening also support and education for those diagnosed with colorectal cancer. They can make referrals for financial support for those diagnosed. For more information call 877-422-2030 or visit the website at www.ccalliance.org/.

The C3 Colorectal Cancer Coalition has information on resources for diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer, coping with the emotional and financial stresses of cancer and facing life as a colorectal cancer survivor. Call the Answer Line at 877-427-2111 or visit the website at www.fightcolorectalcancer.org/awareness and click on the patient tab.

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has information on cancer and cancer prevention as well as information for cancer survivors. For more information call 800-843-8114 or go to www.aicr.org.

The National Cancer Institute has information on many types of cancers and screening guidelines. There are many educational booklets and fact sheets available to print or order. For information call 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or visit the website at www.nci.nih.gov.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation provides free, confidential, one-on-one support to anyone affected by cancer. This includes those who have cancer or are a loved one, friend, health care professional, or caregiver of someone diagnosed. They provide support through education, referrals and counseling. This includes help in finding financial assistance for medical treatments. For more information call 1-866-673-7205 or go to www.livestrong.org/.

211, an information and referral service sponsored by the United Way, is available in many areas throughout Florida and can share with you, information on services available in your community. Call 211 or visit the website at www.211.org.

The Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of financial stability relative to their diagnosis of a life threatening or debilitating disease. They also have a program that provides co-pay assistance to insured Americans who qualify as well as several other programs. For more information call 1-800-532-5274 or visit the website at www.patientadvocate.org.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Fact Sheet was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are below in English and Spanish. The fact sheet was also translated into Haitian Creole through Florida Department of Health. These documents are available in PDF format and can be printed from the links below.

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