What is a colon cancer screening?
Because colon cancer usually does not cause symptoms until the disease is advanced, it is important to talk with your doctor about which screening is right for you.
There are many screening methods for colorectal cancer ask your doctor which one is right for you.
The two most common screening tests are:
- Colonoscopy—recommended once every ten years beginning at age 45 in average-risk individuals
- The FIT (Fecal Immunochemical Test)—recommended once a year in average-risk individuals who have not previously had a positive or abnormal colon cancer screening test
Other screening tests for colorectal cancer include:
- Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Colonography
- Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)
- Double Contrast Barium Enema (DCBE)
- Stool DNA tests