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What are my options for colon cancer screening?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

There are several different kinds of cancer screening. Fecal occult blood testing is an annual test that looks for microscopic blood in the feces. Virtual colonoscopies (through CT scans), barium dyes with x-rays, or flexible sigmoidoscopies (a tubal review of the closest part of the colon) is recommended every five years. A full colonoscopy can be done every 10 years. Those at a high risk for colon cancer may get screenings more often.

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