Don't Be Afraid of Colorectal Cancer Screening
Screening Tests: What Do They Entail?
Fecal Occult Blood and Fecal Immunochemical Tests
Double-Contrast Barium Enema
Computed Tomography (CT) Colography
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years; or
- Double-contrast barium enema every 5 years; or
- CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years; or
- Colonoscopy every 10 years; or
- Yearly fecal occult blood test; or
- Yearly fecal immunochemical test every year; or
What Tests Do You Need?
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Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
Colon Cancer Canada http://www.coloncancercanada.ca/
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 07/2011 -
- Update Date: 07/11/2012 -
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