Colorectal Cancer Screening
Colorectal Cancer (CRC) often develops from precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum. Regular screening can detect CRC early and significantly improve the chances of successful treatment.
Who is this screening for?
People age 50+, or earlier if a close relative has been diagnosed with CRC, if you have inflammatory bowel or Crohn’s disease, or if you have genetic syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer.
Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s disease
- Family history of CRC polyps or disease
- A genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis or
hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer
- Heavy cigarette smoking
- Lack of regular exercise
- Diet low in fiber and high in fat with limited fruit and vegetable intake
Colorectal Cancer Screening Details
This convenient Colorectal Cancer take-home test is done in the comfort of your home. It does not identify cancer; it uses antibodies to detect blood in the stool, a possible indication for CRC. Other conditions can cause blood in the stool, including polyps, hemorrhoids, or stomach ulcers, so it’s important to review your test results with your doctor.
About Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer begins as a growth (polyp) on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. Some types of polyps can change into cancer over time, and removal of polyps before they become cancer can prevent colorectal cancer from developing.
Warning Signs of Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal Cancer usually has no symptoms, especially in its early stages. People can have polyps for years without knowing it.
- Blood in the stool
- Constant stomach pain, cramps or aches
- Unexplained weight loss
Is Colorectal Cancer life-threatening?Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed among both women and men in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer death.
How can I prevent colorectal cancer?Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colon cancer. With regular screening, most polyps can be found and removed before they turn into cancer.
*Most of the time, screening results are normal, providing the customer with peace of mind. However, in some cases, such as the real life stories here, potential health issues are identified enabling the person to do something about it before it is too late.