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.
I got screened at age 65 as part of an annual check-up. During the colonoscopy they found one polyp and removed it. The tests showed that it was benign. I go back for a follow-up in ten years. In the meantime, I’m trying to get more fiber in my diet, and I’m encouraging others to see their doctors and get screened too. It’s painless, it’s easy to do, and it can help with the early diagnosis and prevention of cancer. You’ll be glad you did it–for yourself and your family.