Colon Cancer Screening
It is recommended that all appropriate patients be screened for colon cancer. For people who are considered average risk – those without a family history of colon cancer (not polyps) and without symptoms – such as bleeding or a change in their bowel habits – start screening at age 50.
The “gold standard” for screening is a colonoscopy and is the first, best modality for screening for colon cancer. However, in the past few years several there have been advances in the technology of non-invasive testing. Now, the clinicians at PCWNY can also arrange the ColoGuard – which is casually known as the “home poop test.”
With any testing, especially when related to cancer screening, there are subtle but important details that your PCP will discuss with you. But, if you are 50 years of age or older, and you have not had any testing for colon cancer, it is vitally important that you do so without further delay. You can go to the patient portal and inquire with your PCP to see what is most appropriate for you at this time.