Colon Cancer Screenings

Colon Cancer Screenings

Colon cancer screenings

Better understand your screening options

Colon cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in the United States. Fortunately, it is also one of the few cancers that can be prevented through screening.

Multiple screening options are available for most patients, including colonoscopy — an outpatient procedure — and at-home tests like Cologuard® and FIT.

The American Cancer Society recommends that adults at average risk for colon cancer start screening at age 45.

The best screening is the one you have!

Explore your options for colorectal cancer screening. If you need help making a choice, your provider can guide you to the best option for your situation.

About colonoscopy

This outpatient visual exam looks for and removes abnormal growths in the colon and rectum using a flexible, lighted tube.

Who is it for?

Adults 45 and older at high or average risk.

How often should you have one?

Every 10 years unless abnormalities are present or you’re at high risk.

Where is the test completed?

A procedural area, where sedation will be used to keep you comfortable.

Is preparation required?

Yes, full bowel preparation including fasting and laxatives is required.

How long does it take?

1-2 days are needed for bowel prep and procedure.

Is it covered by insurance?

Yes, it’s covered by most insurers.

What happens after a positive result?

Polyps will be removed and examined in a biopsy.

About Cologuard

Completed from the privacy of home, this multitarget stool DNA test finds abnormal DNA and blood in your stool sample.

Learn more about Cologuard and how it works.

Who is it for?

Adults 45 and older at average risk.

How often should you have one?

Every 3 years.

Where is the test completed?

Can be completed at home.

Is preparation required?

No.

How long does it take?

The time it takes to collect a sample.

Is it covered by insurance?

Yes, it’s covered by most insurers.

What happens after a positive result?

Follow-up colonoscopy.

About FIT

Also completed at home, this fecal immunochemical test detects blood in your stool sample.

Who is it for?

Adults 45 and older at average risk.

How often should you have one?

Once a year.

Where is the test completed?

Can be completed at home.

Is preparation required?

No.

How long does it take?

The time it takes to collect a sample.

Is it covered by insurance?

Yes, it’s covered by most insurers.

What happens after a positive result?

Follow-up colonoscopy.

Why is screening so important?

Put simply: colon cancer is one of the few cancers that can be prevented through screening. When caught in early stages, colon cancer is more treatable.1 Additional reasons to screen early include:

  • Colon cancer rates are increasing in younger adults.2
  • A study of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer found 1 in 7 were under the age of 50.3
  • About 80% of cases have no prior family history.
  • Symptoms are not always present.

Have questions or ready to screen?

Get in touch with your primary care provider.

  1. National Cancer Institute. SEER cancer stat facts: colorectal cancer. Accessed October 18, 2021. https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/colorect.html

  2. Wolf AMD, Fontham ETH, Church TR, et al. Colorectal cancer screening for average-risk adults: 2018 guideline update from the American Cancer Society. CA Cancer J Clin. 2018;68(4):250-281.

  3. Abdelsattar ZM, Wong SL, Regenbogen SE, Jomaa DM, Hardiman KM, Hendren S. Cancer. 2016;122(6):929-34.