Who should be screened for colon cancer?
· Most people should start screening tests at age 50.
· If you or a family member has had colon cancer or polyps, you may need to start earlier.
What is FIT?
· FIT stands for Fecal Immunochemical Test (fee-kuhl-im-you-no-KIM-uh-kuhl).
· FIT is a take-home, stool-screening test for colon cancer.
· FIT can show if there is hidden blooding your stool (bowel movement).
Why get FIT?
· It is easy to do.
· It is done in the privacy of your home.
· There are no special changes to diets or medicines.
How often should I get FIT?
· If your results are negative, you should do a FIT test every year.
What if my results comeback positive?
· If this test is positive, a colonoscopy is needed to see if there is cancer, a polyp, or other cause of bleeding.
· When colon cancer is found and treated early, it can be cured.
· When polyps are found and removed, colon cancer is actually prevented.
If you are uninsured, and age 50 or older, the Cancer Services Program of Genesee and Orleans County can help get you a free FIT Kit. Give us a call today for more information!