Colorectal cancer, which is known as cancer of the colon or rectum, is the second-leading cause of cancer death in New York City and the United States.

Colon cancer screening saves lives. If you are 50 years of age or older, you should get screened. Some people are at increased risk for colon cancer based on family history or other health risks. Talk to your doctor to see what age is appropriate to start screening for you.


Learn about colon cancer prevention and colonoscopies.

By Phone

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.

You can request an appointment to get tested for colon cancer. NYC Health + Hospitals offers colonoscopies at little or no cost.

Find a public hospital.

Call 411 to find other hospitals in New York City.

You can order a free booklet about preparation for a colonoscopy.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) to request a copy.


If you requested a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene publication over 2 weeks ago and have not received it, you can check the status. If you ordered it more recently, allow time for delivery and call back after 2 weeks if you still haven't received it.

Cancel Order

If your order has been placed, it likely already shipped. You can return unwanted copies at no cost to you by writing "Return to Sender" on the package and putting it in the mail.

Out of Stock

If the publication you are looking for is currently out of stock, you can get assistance by phone.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.

Update Order

  • To order additional items, you must place another order.
  • You can email requests to
    • To update a current order, be sure to include tracking order number
    • To update address, email, and organizational information

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