How should I decide what type of colon cancer screening to use?

Dr. Kenneth Reed discusses how to decide which colon cancer screening to use. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How should I decide what type of colon cancer screening to use?

In order to determine what type is best for them, they should probably discuss it with their physician. Whether it be a gastroenterologist or their primary care physician.

A person that's of average risk can use the other tests ... a FIT test, a barium enema, a Cologuard ... The occult stool for blood test, the fecal test, is again out of favor. The guidelines are trying to get people to do whatever they can to be tested. The gold standard again, is a colonoscopy; most people would like to direct people to have that done. But if people aren't willing to do that, if there are some cost restraints, if there is something related to people's fear of the colonoscopy, of having sedation, then by all means, anything to try to get people to get tested would be preferable than nothing at all.


Talking to your doctor – your primary care provider or your gastroenterologist – is the best way to decide what type of colon cancer screening is right for you, Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say.

Your personal preferences, medical conditions and resources all can play a part in which test might be best for you, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

Your doctor can give you more specific information about each type of screening and guide you toward which might be best for you.

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