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The FIT Test: A Colorectal Cancer Screening You Can Do At Home

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. Fortunately, the vast majority of cases are preventable and Abington - Jefferson Health primary care physicians are offering an at-home screening method to help patients identify their risks before cancer develops.

Identifying and Treating Cancer Early Is Essential

The chance of developing colon cancer increases with age and does not cause any symptoms for most in its early stages. As a result, identifying risk factors (such as benign polyps) or early signs of cancer is essential to treating it as soon as possible. Colonoscopy screenings, usually recommended at age 45, are a life-saving tool in the fight against colorectal cancer. This screening method can identify and remove polyps before they become a health risk.

At-Home Colorectal Cancer Screening

For appropriate patients, Abington - Jefferson Health primary care physicians are offering an alternative to colonoscopy: an at-home Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) kit for colorectal cancer. This kit is simple to use and an important tool for you to monitor your health from the privacy of your own home. It can help detect colorectal cancer before symptoms occur and when the chances of treating it successfully are greatest.

If you are over age 45 and have not been screened, talk to your physician about colon screening options today.

 

 

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