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 two of our good friends passed away from colorectal cancer, my husband and I decided it was time to be screened. We realize now that there was no reason to put it off. It’s quick and easy, and we’ll be screened again as soon as it’s time. The best part of screening is knowing that we’ve done our job in preventing the cancer.