screening_homeColorectal Cancer Screening

Getting screened is an important health decision. Colorectal cancer starts with no signs or symptoms, so screening when you’re healthy can save your life!

 

The American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend that women and men between 50 and 75 years of age should have regular screening. People who are considered high risk may need screening before age 50.

 

Before making a decision about screening, you should learn about your options. However, many medical decisions are confusing and finding the right information can be difficult. This web site may help you understand your options, and the advantages and disadvantages (pros and cons) for each option.

 

The fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and colonoscopy (pronounced: koh-luh-NAHS-kuh-pee) are two options for colorectal cancer screening that are offered in your community.

  • FOBT is a home stool test; generally recommended every year
  • Colonoscopy is a test done in a medical facility by a doctor who specializes in the procedure; generally recommended every 10 years
  • Although screening is strongly recommended, you can always choose not to get screened.

 

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