Colonoscopy, Cologuard, Other Stool Tests: Which Detects Colon Cancer? - Gatous News

Colonoscopy, Cologuard, other stool tests: Which detects colon cancer?

  • A colonoscopy is recommended every decade for people over 45. The screening is used to detect colon cancer.
  • But roughly 40% of eligible Americans don’t get a colonoscopy, often because they don’t want one.
  • So what are the options? Stool tests FIT and Cologuard can be just as effective, doctors say.

What if you didn’t have to get a colonoscopy every decade from ages 45 to 75?

No, this isn’t an excuse to skip screening for colon cancer, which has been proven to save lives. But there are several alternatives, which most people don’t know much about.

They are called stool tests and they are just as gross as you might imagine, but they can be done at home, mailed into a lab and don’t require any special preparation, unlike colonoscopy.

Over time, stool tests — including fecal immunochemical tests, or FIT, and the heavily advertised Cologuard — can be just as effective at saving lives, and they avoid some of the down sides of colonoscopies, experts say. The main issue with stool tests is they have to be done more often: FIT annually and Cologuard every three years.

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