Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening & Treatment

Screenings Save Lives

Regular colonoscopies can save lives. Early detection of colon cancer can help those individuals receive the timely care and treatment needed.


The Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening and Treatment (CPEST) initiative is available to 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 staff at Doctors Community Hospital perform all of the colorectal screenings (colonoscopies) under general anesthesia.  During the procedure, all identified polyps are removed and biopsied.


In order to receive these colorectal services and colonoscopies at no cost to the patient, the patient must:
•    Be a Prince George’s County resident
•    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, contact Doctors Community Hospital at