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How do you choose a test to screen for colon polyps and colorectal cancer?

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Go over all your colorectal cancer screening options with your doctor. There are pros and cons to the different tests.

Consider how much prep you need to do and whether you'll be awake or not during the exam. Also ask your doctor about any risks or side effects. And find out if you need to take a different kind of test, like a colonoscopy, if your first exam shows signs of trouble.

Whichever one you go with, keep up with your doctor's suggestions for regular testing.

From: How to Find Colon Polyps Early WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "American Cancer Society recommendations for colorectal cancer early detection," "Frequently Asked Questions About Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy," "Stool DNA Testing for Colon Cancer," "Colorectal cancer screening tests."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Colon Polyps."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Fecal Occult Blood Tests."

CDC: "Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests."

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada: "Introduction to Fecal Occult Blood Tests."

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Double-Contrast Barium Enema (DCBE)."

National Cancer Institute: "Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Colonoscopy."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Final Recommendation Statement. Colorectal Cancer: Screening."

Mayo Clinic: "Fecal occult blood test."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "American Cancer Society recommendations for colorectal cancer early detection," "Frequently Asked Questions About Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy," "Stool DNA Testing for Colon Cancer," "Colorectal cancer screening tests."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Colon Polyps."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Fecal Occult Blood Tests."

CDC: "Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests."

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada: "Introduction to Fecal Occult Blood Tests."

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Double-Contrast Barium Enema (DCBE)."

National Cancer Institute: "Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Colonoscopy."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Final Recommendation Statement. Colorectal Cancer: Screening."

Mayo Clinic: "Fecal occult blood test."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

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