Colorectal cancer usually develops from abnormal growths (polyps) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find these growths, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. There are two recommended tests available:
- STOOL TESTS (FIT/FOBT) done once a year can detect small amounts of blood in your stool. This test can be done at home and is an effective alternative to a colonoscopy.
- COLONOSCOPY is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). He or she uses a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon.
Talk to your healthcare provider about which test is best for you.
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