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.
When I was 38 years old, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Today, I am undergoing treatments and anticipating an upcoming surgery. At the age of 36, my brother went in for a colonoscopy and had precancerous polyps removed. I knew colon cancer was in my family, but I had no idea it would affect me, especially at such a young age.
If you have colon cancer in the family, and have not had your colonoscopy, do not wait for the suggested age of 50 to get screened. Be conscious of any intestinal or bowel abnormality that you might have, such as blood or mucous in the stool, and go get checked immediately. Screening can help catch it early when it is still highly treatable.
Michelle Dennis – Portland