The Marion County Public Health Department is committed to providing colorectal cancer education to the Hispanic community and offering free at-home screening kits to individuals who qualify. Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in either the colon or rectum.
The American Cancer Society recommends that individuals at average risk for colorectal cancer begin screening at the age of 45 years old. Early screening can save lives. The free at-home screening kits are available to individuals who meet the following qualifications.
Male or female between the age of 45 and 75 years old
Person of Hispanic descent living in Marion County
Uninsured or underinsured
The kits are available for pick-up between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday at the locations listed below. Individuals should call the pick-up location of their choice at least 24 hours prior to arriving. Callers will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number, date of birth and email address (if available).
Marion County Public Health Department – 3838 N. Rural St., Indianapolis – 317.221.2106
Latino Health Organization – 311 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis – 317.972.4564
La Plaza – 8902 E. 38th St., Indianapolis – 317.890.3292
The following video (in Spanish) provides additional information on colorectal cancer and directions on using the at-home screening kit.
Lastly, the video listed below (in Spanish) on colorectal cancer and the kits contains an interview by Telemundo Indy with Dr. Ely Garcia, Executive Medical Director of Eskenazi Health Center Blackburn, Virna Díaz, Executive Director of the Latino Health Organization, and Belkis Ramírez, Program Specialist with the Marion County Public Health Department.