According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. Men and women 50 and older need regular screening tests. These tests can find polyps (abnormal growths) before they turn into cancer!
Even if you don’t have a family history, if you are 50 and older get screened. Often, this cancer does not have symptoms so getting screened can save your life. There are other tests beside a colonoscopy! Talk to your doctor about the test that is best for you.
|TEST||HOW OFTEN||TEST DETAILS|
|High Sensitivity Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)||Every Year||Home test kit that uses a stick or brush to get a small amount of stool. The test goes to the doctor or a lab for results.|
|Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)||Every Year||Home test kit that uses a stick or brush to get a small amount of stool. The test goes to the doctor or a lab for results.|
|Colonoscopy||Every 10 Years||A doctor uses a long, thin, flexible, lighted tube to check for polyps or cancer. The tube is inserted into the rectum and the doctor can remove polyps or cancer at the same time.|
|Flexible Sigmoidoscopy||Every 5 Years||A doctor puts a short, thin, flexible, lighted tube into your rectum. The doctor checks for polyps or cancer.|
The Bottom Line
Always talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of any test or procedure. Together we can put a stop to colorectal cancer deaths.
Don’t wait for symptoms! If you are 50 and older, call your doctor about colorectal cancer screening options today.