Colon Cancer Screening
Colon cancer is cancer in the colon or rectum. When found early, it can usually be treated. If you are over age 50 or have colon cancer in your family, your primary care doctor will discuss two different ways to test for colon cancer and help you to choose the test that is best for you. One type of screening is the colonoscopy. A doctor puts a long, thin tube into your rectum; you are sedated during this test. It is done every 10 years. A second type of screening is the stool test (FOBT) that is done once a year. This test is done at home by using a brush to place a small amount of stool on a test strip that you mail to the lab where it is checked for blood.