Is a colonoscopy the only test for colon cancer?

Colonoscopy is still the gold standard for screening for colon cancer. There's new testing that checks stools for tumor cells.

Colonoscopy is not the only test for colon cancer. Depending on a person's needs and history, other strategies for colon cancer screening are available. Other tests, either single or combined, include the following:

  • fecal occult blood testing
  • fecal immunochemical testing
  • stool DNA testing
  • sigmoidoscopy
  • virtual colonoscopy

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