There are a number of reliable screening options available to meet your patients’ needs and budgets. Each screening method is effective if done correctly and at recommended intervals, and new research shows that offering patients a choice of screening options increases their likelihood of being screened.
View a quick reference guide with recommend screening options and clinical considerations.
NOTE: Collecting sample during an in-office digital rectal exam (DRE) is strongly discouraged. DREs miss 95 percent of cases of advanced neoplasia, giving patients a false sense of reassurance. They can also produce a false positive result due to hemorrhoids or anal fissures. A stool sample collected at home is optimal for testing purposes.
Being a health insurance consultant, I know the value of early detection and knew this screening was as important as any I’d ever done. My first test, at age 51, revealed quite a few precancerous polyps, which were removed. I’m thankful that I got screened and discovered my symptoms early on. The one thing you can’t buy back is your health, so take charge of it as best you can.