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Your health history puts you at average risk for colorectal cancer, which means there are several screening options that are right for you, including stool-based tests that can be conducted at home. The most common symptom of colon cancer and rectal cancer is no symptom, so it is important to get checked now.

Common Screening Methods


COLONOSCOPY 

A colonoscopy is the standard screening method for people at higher risk and can be used for average-risk individuals, too. It is a routine and safe procedure. A doctor uses a thin tube with a camera to see inside your colon and rectum while you’re in a sleep-like state. If found, polyps — abnormal tissue growths that may become cancer — can be removed during a colonoscopy, preventing cancer. 

STOOL-DNA 

At home, people of average risk collect a sample stool and mail it to a lab for analysis. The lab looks for abnormal DNA and blood in the stool, which can indicate cancer. A positive test requires a follow-up colonoscopy. 

FIT (FECAL IMMUNOCHEMICAL TEST) 

Just like a stool-DNA test, average-risk users take a sample and place it on a card for analysis. Some tests are sent to a lab for analysis, and some tests can be completed at home. The test alerts for blood that can’t be seen. A positive test requires a follow-up colonoscopy.

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