Guidelines for early colorectal cancer detection

Cancer InsuranceSince March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, it might be a good idea for you to have a look at the recommendations being made by the American Cancer Society for the majority of adults in terms of early detection of the disease, to make sure that you can keep yourself healthy.

For most adults, starting at the age of 50 years, the following screening guidelines are recommended by the organization.

Tests for the detection of cancer and polyps:

• Colonoscopy once every 10 years, or
• Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or
• CT colonography (virtual colonscopy) every 5 years, or
• Double-contrast barium enema every 5 years.

Tests with the primary purpose of detecting cancer

• Annual fecal occult blood test (gFOBT), or
• Annual fecal immunochemical test (FIT), or
• Stool DNA test (sDNA), at doctor recommended frequency.

Depending on the findings of these various tests, further testing may be required in order to provide more accurate or specific results. These various tests are meant to help with the early detection of polyps and cancer, and it is important to speak with a doctor about which ones are right for you and will provide you with the most usable results. Different tests or schedules may be recommended due to personal or family history issues.

Beyond testing, other efforts that you can make in honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March include donations to charitable organizations that are helping to fight the battle with this disease and that support those who have it. Some businesses are helping in this effort, such as Cancer insurance info.com, which will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society every time a legitimate insurance quote is requested through its website.

NOTE: Did you know that most cancer insurance plans will pay for these types of wellness tests. The way it works…you get paid to get your annual wellness tests, not the doctors, and there never has to be a diagnoses of cancer to get this benefit! Make sure to ask your agent about supplemental health insurance wellness benefits.

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