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Colon Cancer Screening

Stool cards (fecal occult blood tests) are a good test to screen for colon cancer. Your chance of detecting colon cancer can be increased by combining stool cards with flexible sigmoidoscopy or barium enema.

Stool cards need to be repeated every one to two years to be effective. Alternatively, you can choose between several different tests, including

  • colonoscopy

  • computed tomography, also called "virtual" colonoscopy

  • flexible sigmoidoscopy

  • barium enema.

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