‘Easier way to screen for colon cancer’
Typically, a person screened for colorectal cancer through the use of a colonoscopy, a sight examination of the colon. But now it seems that there an easier method than a hospital visit, namely a so-called fecal immunochemical test, a ontlastingtest.
This is evident from research that was published in Annals of Internal Medicine. A colonoscopy is a time-consuming procedure where almost 24 hours. This may not everyone this treatment afford. The advantage of this screening, is that if there are polyps found, a colonoscopy these can immediately remove.
But the fecal immunochemical test is just as effective as a colonoscopy. This test, which looks at immunological reactions, can be easily at home to be carried out. This will search for certain signs of blood in the stool that could indicate a tumor. Disadvantage of this test is that each year must be repeated.
The researchers argue that it is a personal choice. Or the patient gives a day for a intensive procedure, or the patient makes an annual time for the fecal immunochemical test.