Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening & Treatment

Screenings Save Lives
Regular colonoscopies can save lives. In fact, of the 229 people who received this free screening this year, Doctors Community Hospital identified 5 cases of colon cancer - helping those individuals receive the timely care and treatment that needed.

The Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening and Treatment (CPEST) initiative is a Prince George’s Health Department program for uninsured/under-insured, low-income residents. The goal of the CPEST program is to:
  • Increase awareness of the importance of colon and rectal (colorectal) cancer screening.
  • Provide education and outreach to the general public, medical providers and health educators.
  • Prevent and reduce overall colorectal cancer morbidity and mortality as well as health disparities among minorities in Prince George’s County.
Patient Care
Experienced gastroenterologists within a newly renovated endoscopy suite at Doctors Community Hospital perform all of the colorectal screenings (colonoscopies), which are performed with general anesthesia. The hospital’s doctors, nurses and surgical team work closely with the Health Department to provide patients seamless services. During the procedure, all identified polyps are removed and biopsied.

In order to receive these free colorectal services and colonoscopies, patients must:
  • Be Prince George’s County residents
  • Be age 50 or older
  • Have a family history (mother, father, brother or sister) of colorectal cancer, if younger than age 50
  • Meet low income threshold requirements
  • Be uninsured or under-insured
More Information
For more information about the CPEST program, call the Prince George’s County Health Department at 301-883-3526.