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

Colon cancer screening saves lives. If you are 45 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. They may need to start screening earlier. 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 help.

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.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, face masks are required to enter.

Use the internet or call 411 to find other hospitals in New York City. If you call 411, your phone service provider may charge you an additional fee.

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

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

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