Screening saves lives!

  • 1 yr ago


Screening (testing for colorectal cancer) is the No. 1 way you can prevent colon cancer and rectal cancer.

With screening, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are also highly treatable if caught early. That’s why on-time screening is essential and lifesaving.

When should you be screened?

All men and women without a family history of colorectal cancer should begin colorectal cancer screenings at age 45, according to the American Cancer Society.

Common Screening Methods

  • Colonoscopy

A simple and safe procedure in which your doctor uses a long tube with a light and camera to detect polyps. Polyps can be removed during the procedure if found. This is the standard test for colorectal cancer screening.

  • Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT OR iFBOT)

Tests for blood that comes from a tumor or polyp. Users swab bowel movement and place it on a card, then send it to a lab for analysis. This test is done at home and is fairly inexpensive. A colonoscopy will be required if blood is detected.

  • Stool DNA

Tests for abnormal DNA and blood in stool. Users collect their bowel movement with a kit at home, then send it to the lab for analysis. This test is more expensive than the FIT if it’s not covered by insurance. A follow-up colonoscopy will be needed if the test detects cancer or pre-cancer.

Speak with your trusted healthcare professional about developing a screening plan for you. They can recommend how and when you should be screened.

For more information on Colorectal Cancer Screening, click here

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