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Colon Cancer: Early screening may help you avoid it

Screening to look for colorectal cancer screening doesn't have to be inconvenient, scary, embarrassing, painful or expensive.  

In fact, there are a lot of screening choices available to look for colorectal cancer, including simple options you can do in the comfort, convenience and privacy of your own home.   

More about colon cancer screening options
Option How often the screening occurs Where the screening occurs

iFOBT(Immunochemical fecal occult blood test)

Every year

At home


Every year or every 3 years

At home

CT Colonography

Every 5 years

At hospital or clinic

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy  

Every 5 years

At hospital or clinic

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy and iFOBT

Every 5 years; every year

At hospital or clinic; at home


Every 10 years

At hospital or clinic

* Read list of screening option definitions

While you might wonder, "why should I look for colorectal cancer when I don't have symptoms?" the fact is, colorectal cancer doesn't always cause symptoms, especially early on. Finding it early through screening helps health care providers (doctors and nurses) treat it more successfully.

Also, getting screened for colorectal cancer doesn't have to break the bank. Call your insurance provider to learn which screening options are covered under your plan.

Decision time: Will I get screened?

  • Yes, I chose to get screened by the following method: (iFOBT, FIT-DNA, CT Colonography, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colonoscopy)
  • No

Action time
TODAY I will: 

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. when men and women are combined, yet it can often be prevented or detected at an early stage.


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