Health Alert WEB EXCLUSIVE: Strollin' Colon Part 2

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Question: So, what are the testing options?

Answer: It is important to get tested even when you feel healthy.

You do have testing options:
• Fecal Immunochemical Test—(Often referred to as the FIT test)—This is a take-home test completed once a year. The test looks for blood in the stool which may be a sign of cancer. There are no diet or medication restrictions with this test. A positive FIT test must be followed up with a colonoscopy.
• FIT-DNA Test—This is a stool test mailed to you and done at home. This test is sent to a lab to check for cancer cells. It is done once every three years. With the FIT-DNA test, there are no diet or medication restrictions. A positive FIT-DNA test must be followed up with a colonoscopy.
• Colonoscopy—This is probably the most common and familiar. A colonoscopy uses a long lighted tube to look inside the entire colon for polyps and cancer. Polyps can be removed at the test. A colonoscopy is done at the hospital. Bowel cleansing and diet and medication restrictions are necessary. If no precancer polyps or cancer are found, the test is done every 10 years.

For more information, please contact UHC Family Medicine at 681-342-3600.