At-Home Screening Tests Helping Fight Against Cancer


BUT NO ONE LIKES THE PREP IT ENTAILS. THAT’S WHY HOME SCREENING TESTS ARE MORE POPULAR AND INCREASINGLY ACCURATE. Reporter: 67-YEAR-OLD ELSEY GARCIA SPENT YEARS IGNORING HER DOCTOR’S ADVICE TO GET A COLONOSCOPY. I HEARD IT WAS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. Reporter: BUT SHE WAS WILLING TO TAKE AN AT HOME TEST. KIESER PERMANENT FOUND THAT THE TEST DETECTS SEVERAL COLON CANCERS. CANCERS BLEED AND THEY CAN PICK UP ON THAT. Reporter: NOW A NEW REVIEW OF 30 STUDIES OF THOSE AT HOME TESTS SHOWS THEY ARE EFFECTIVE FOR CANCER SCREENINGS IN AVERAGE RISK PEOPLE WHEN DONE ANNUALLY. THERE ARE DIFFERENT WAYS TO GET SCREENED, ONE OF THEM IS A COLONOSCOPY AND THAT IS A GREAT CHOICE FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. BUT THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES. Reporter: CURRENTLY ONLY 65% OF PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE SCREENED FOR THE CANCER ARE GETTING TEST SAID. THIS DOCTOR SAYS THAT IT SHOULD INCREASE SCREENING RATES. FIT SEEMS TO BE A PRETTY GOOD TEST FOR PICKING UP COLON CANCER. IT IS A LESS GOOD TEST FOR PICKING UP POLYPS, BUT IT BEATS DOING NOTHING. Reporter: LAST YEAR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY BEGAN RECOMMENDING AVERAGE RISK ADULTS START SCREENING AT AGE 45, NOT 50. THE COLON ANSWER ALLIANCE REMINDS PEOPLE TO LOOK OUT FOR RISK FACTORS AND TO GET SCREENED. OUR MOTTO IS THE BEST TEST IS A TEST THAT GETS DONE. THERE IS ANOTHER TEST CALLED COLO GUARD THAT IS SIMILAR TO THE FIT TEST. IT LOOKS FOR CANCER DNA. NONE OF THESE ARE GOOD AS A FULL COLONOSCOPY BUT ANY SCREENING FOR CANCER IS BETTER THAN NONE AT ALL. IF THE TEST COMES UP POSITIVE, YOU WILL STILL END UP NEEDING A COLONOSCOPY BUT IT IS THAT EARLY SCREENING TEST THAT KEEPS YOU AWAY.

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