You have options for which colon cancer screening test best suits your needs. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Speak with your provider about what makes the most sense for you. Call 715-838-6020 with questions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. What's interesting about that fact is that it doesn't have to be. A colonoscopy can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before turning into cancer.
If you are over 50, you should be screened every 10 years. If you think you may be at a higher-than-average risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your provider about getting screened earlier. The best defense against getting colon cancer is to have a colonoscopy. Do it for yourself and your loved ones.
Watch a video on how a colonoscopy is performed.
DNA Stool Test (Cologuard)
A sample of your stool will be taken to look for DNA changes in cells that suggest the presence of colorectal cancer or precancerous conditions. The test also looks for signs of blood in your stool. This test is less sensitive than colonoscopy at finding precancerous polyps, and if your test results are not normal, you will need to have a colonoscopy.
Watch a video about stool DNA stool testing:
Mayo Clinic Resources
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