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Marching Towards Colon Health: A Guide to Screening Options for Colon Cancer

March is not just a month for blooming flowers; it's also Colon Cancer Awareness Month. In the fight against this prevalent and potentially deadly disease, early detection is our most potent weapon. Thankfully, the BC Cancer agency provides comprehensive guidelines for colon cancer screening. This blog aims to shed light on the two primary screening options endorsed by BC Cancer and their pivotal role in preventing and detecting colon cancer.


Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) to Detect Colon Cancer:

The Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is the frontline screening method. This non-invasive test adeptly detects hidden blood in the stool, a potential early indicator of colon cancer. The process is user-friendly; individuals receive a FIT kit, conduct the test at home, and return the kit to the laboratory for analysis. FIT is recommended for all people aged 50 to 74 with no symptoms and no significant family history of colon cancer, making it a convenient, non-invasive, and effective routine screening option.


Colonoscopy to Detect Colon Cancer:

For a more comprehensive examination, BC Cancer recommends the colonoscopy. Although this procedure is more invasive than FIT, its ability to provide a thorough assessment of the entire colon makes it a powerful tool for both screening and prevention. During a colonoscopy, a flexible tube equipped with a camera is inserted into the colon to identify abnormalities or precancerous polyps. Reserved for those deemed at high risk of developing colon cancer, including individuals with specific family history or personal adenoma history, colonoscopies are also recommended for those with positive FIT test results.


Conclusion:

Regular screening is the linchpin in the battle against colon cancer, ensuring early detection and improved outcomes. Taking proactive steps towards colon cancer screening is an indispensable facet of maintaining overall health and well-being. Schedule a consultation with your healthcare professionals to determine the most suitable screening strategy based on your individual risk factors. For those without reliable access to a primary care physician, CanScreenBC.com is here to help you get screened. This March, let's not just be aware; let's take action for our colon health. Get screened today!





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