Screening for Colon Cancer

Colon CancerWhen you recommend a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer, do your patients have a strong negative reaction?

Be Sure to Offer Alternative Screening Methods.

A fecal immunochemical test (FIT) and a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) are two options. And a FIT, in particular, is easy for patients to do at home because there are no drug or food restrictions.

When giving the FIT kit to your patient, be sure to stress that the purpose of the test is to find cancer early when treatment works better. To further increase compliance, ask your patient to make a follow-up appointment in four to six weeks. He/she will be more likely to use the FIT kit if the follow-up is scheduled to get the results. After the first screening, recommend the test annually.

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