Everyone needs a colonoscopy at age 50 (or earlier for certain high risk individuals) for colorectal cancer prevention. But, what if they simply refuse or they can’t afford it due to insurance issues? The American College of Gastroenterology guidelines of 2009 recommended the annual use of fecal immunochemical test (FIT) as the preferred cancer detection if a colonoscopy was not available or refused.
Tests have proven that using a home testing kit annually could prevent 33,000 colon cancer deaths nationwide by catching and then treating the disease in the early stages. The (FIT} indicates the presence of blood, a common warning sign that requires medical attention and follow-up diagnotic procedures.
If you are age 50 or greater and have not had a colonoscopy and refuse to have one, come by any of the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma during March for a free kit. The kits are available during office hours, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.