The Best Colorectal Cancer Tests is the Test That Gets Done
- People are less likely to have a Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening when colonoscopy is presented as the only option.
- CRC is the second leading cancer killer of men and women in the US, following lung cancer.
Colorectal Cancer Tests Save Lives:
- About 90% of people live five or more years when their colorectal cancer is found early through testing.
- About 1 in 3 adults (23 million) between 50 and 75 years old are not getting screened as recommended.
- 10% of adults who were tested for colorectal cancer used an effective at-home stool test.
- The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that patients ages 50-75 have one of the following CRC screening tests that are effective at saving lives:
- Stool tests (guaiac fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or fecal immunochemical test (FIT)
- Sigmoidoscopy (now seldom done).
To Increase Testing, Health Care Providers Can:
- Offer all recommended test options with advice about each.
- Match patients with the test they are most likely to complete.
- Work with public health professionals to:
- Hire and train "patient navigators," who offer support, teach, schedule, and follow-up with individuals prior to and post procedure, which will increase screening compliance.
- Create ways to make it easier for people to get FOBT/FIT kits.
- Spread the word about Free Colon Cancer Early Detection Test Kit from TOPS.