Did you know that 1 in 3 people are not up-to-date with screening for colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people who are 50 years or older. Even if it doesn’t run in your family, if you are over the age of 50 you are at risk, and you should talk to your doctor about getting tested. Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives and now you can take a test from the comfort of your home.
“I do not have symptoms” | You are still at risk
Many times you can’t feel anything, and you don’t feel sick until it is really bad and hard to treat. 7 out of 10 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer have no symptoms. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment works best. Screening can find precancerous polyps-abnormal growths in the colon or rectum-that can be removed before they turn into cancer. About nine out of every ten people whose colorectal cancers are detected early and treated appropriately are still alive five years later.
How Sixteenth Street can help | FIT Test is an effective solution
Colonoscopies can be very daunting and a big reason why people choose to skip out of getting tested. A FIT test is an effective screening alternative to a colonoscopy test. FIT stands for fecal immunochemical test. It is a test for colorectal cancer, sometimes known as colon cancer. You can take the FIT test at home and take it in the privacy of your home at a time that is right for you. When you are done, you take it back to the lab in your clinic. FIT tests can help find early signs of colorectal cancer. Get your at home colorectal cancer test kit with no wait during our clinic screening hours. If your results come back positive, you will need to have a colonoscopy to learn more about what is going on. It could be cancer, a polyp, or another cause. If your results are negative, all you have to do is complete the FIT test once every year. Get your at home colorectal cancer test during our screening clinic hours.
Why you should take a FIT Test
- It is easy and quick to do.
- You do it in the privacy of your own home.
- You do not have to take any medicine or change your diet.
- It does not hurt at all.
- When you are done, all you have to do is bring it back to the lab at your clinic.
- No stressful procedure.
To learn more about our screening clinic hours visit: sschc.org/medical.