Your screening options
Several screening tests can be used to find polyps or colorectal cancer. The most common tests are stool tests and colonoscopy. Stool tests are simple at-home tests (i.e. fecal occult blood test (FOBT), fecal immunochemical test (FIT), or a FIT-DNA test) that look for hidden blood in your stool. If blood is found, you may need a second test, called a colonoscopy. You also can get a colonoscopy first, without completing a stool test. During a colonoscopy, a doctor inserts a thin, flexible, lighted tube into your rectum to check for polyps or cancer in your colon. Less common tests include sigmoidoscopy and CT colonography (also known as virtual colonoscopy).
Most insurance plans cover all the cost of screening with no out-of-pocket costs such as co-pays or deductibles. Even without insurance, there are low cost, reliable options, including ones you can do at home.
If you haven’t been screened, talk to your doctor about the screening option that is right for you.
Get screened… it could save your life.
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I get screened every five years for colorectal cancer because of my family history. When my brother had a polyp removed, he encouraged my siblings and I to get screened. At my last screening my doctor found a polyp, but since it was found early and was not cancerous I was able to have it removed without any complications. Immediately after, I reached out to my brothers and sister and shared my experience as another reminder to get screened.
Get screened regularly and encourage people you know to get screened too. Your story can save a life.
Peggy Madison – Roseburg