Test for colon cancer without colonoscopy
Colonoscopy is usually a very effective procedure, especially when it’s performed in the initial stages of colorectal cancer. However, many people are deterred from taking it by the rigorous preparation, the invasiveness of the procedure or the cost that isn’t always covered by insurance.
All these tests have different characteristics in terms of type of test, invasiveness, preparation, cost and insurance coverage. What they have in common is that they are less invasive and less costly than colonoscopy, while requiring no downtime.
When you choose to get a stool-based test, you will have to purchase the test that your doctor assigns you and take the amount of deposition samples that the test indicates. Then you’ll have to send them to the doctor or to a lab for results. If you screen positive, you’ll need a colonoscopy to confirm the diagnosis and remove possible polyps.
If you choose a visual or X-ray test, you’ll have to prepare just like you would for a colonoscopy. In the hospital, they will insert a small tube in your colon to pump in air (for CT colonoscopy) or barium and air (for barium enema). If the test detects a polyp, you need to get a colonoscopy to remove it.
Contact the Institute of Health & Wellness for more information on a test for colon cancer in Boca Raton. Request an appointment by phone at 772-539-9556
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