Finds most cancers or polyps that are present at the time of the test.
Done every 10 years if no polyps are found.
Stomach pain, gas, or bloating is possible before, during and/or after test.
Must be performed at a hospital or clinic, usually with sedation or anesthesia, and someone must go with the person to take him or her home after the test.
A clear liquid diet is required before test.
Must take medication that will cause loose bowel movements to clean out the colon prior to test.
Likely needs to take a day off work/activities to perform test.
Risk of serious complications (e.g. bleeding or perforated colon, which may require a hospitalization)
Current USPSTF draft recommendations, recommends colon cancer screening starting at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. The risks and benefits vary with different methods. Talk with your doctor to figure out which method is best for you.
Reduces death from colorectal cancer.
Safe, available, and easy to complete.
Some done in the comfort of your own home and mailed to the lab.