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 my grandmother died of colorectal cancer back when I was a child, there wasn’t really the option to get screened and prevent the cancer altogether. So, now that we have that option, why wouldn’t everyone get screened? Some friends and coworkers tells me they’re nervous. I was too. But, I say with all confidence that it’s really not that bad.
Gretchen Darnell – Seaside (listen to my story on the radio)