Effectiveness of home colon cancer screening tests

Posted at 6:46 PM, Mar 07, 2018

Modern day science now allows people to screen for colon cancer from the comfort of their own home. 

Several companies home screening kits available at pharmacies and order by mail. The patient has to fill out a form that’s inside the kit, collect samples as instructed, put it inside an envelop, and mail it for the results. 

The tests are suppose to detect the first stages of colon cancer. Surgical Oncologist Steven Nurkin with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center said these tests are becoming more common as colon cancer cases increase. 

It is now the 3rd most common cancer in the U.S. The disease usually impact people ages 50 and over. Although numbers are steadily climbing in people younger than 50. 

“Even more importantly, it’s one of the most preventable and even curable when caught at an early stage,” Dr. Nurkin said. 

Doctors say these home screening tests shouldn't take the place of a colonoscopy. But, any test is better than no test. 

“These stool send off tests are good tests when they are used in the right way for the right people,” Nurkin said. 

The tests are usually recommended for people low or average risk individuals over the age of 50. However, you should consult your doctor first.  

March is recognized as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. 

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