Colon cancer is a serious matter. It is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and threatens the lives of men and women equally. Ninety percent of people who develop this horrific disease are over the age of fifty, and it currently affects five percent of the total population.
Death from colon cancer can be prevented though. This is because there are three stages of colon cancer that govern the survival rate:
- The local stage, when the cancer hasn’t spread outside of the colon or rectal area and has a 90% five-year survival rate
- The regional stage, when the cancer has only spread to surrounding areas and has a 70% five-year survival rate
- The distant stage, when the cancer has spread to other distant areas of the body and has a 12% five-year survival rate
It is clear to see that early detection can be the difference between life and death, and also, the reason why there are over one million colon cancer survivors alive in the United States today. Still many people don’t bother to get tested unless they are suffering from a painful symptom, and sometimes, that is simply too late.
Though there are many types of colon cancer screenings available, many people believe them to be too time consuming, expensive, or physically invasive, and some of them are. No one enjoys fasting for hours on end to check into a hospital or clinic so he or she can go through an uncomfortable procedure or be physically probed. A sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, barium enema, and virtual colonoscopy are all intrusive procedures that can make people cringe by the mention of them. Even the non-invasive tests, such as the traditional FOBT (fecal occult blood test) and the newer FIT (fecal immunochemical test), can be messy and disgusting in an attempt to collect one’s stool of fecal matter, or involve the complication of auto-probing.
The good news is that now an easy-to-use home testing kit is available called Insure® FIT. It allows people to get dependable colorectal cancer screening in a matter of minutes to discover any signs of this disease in its earliest stages. You can learn more about the benefits of this colorectal cancer test and pick up an Insure® FIT kit by asking your doctor, or by going to a Quest Diagnostics near you. If you find you have further questions or concerns, you can call Enterix, Inc. at 1-800-531-3681, and one of their courteous customer service representatives will be happy to assist you.
Once you have applied Insure® FIT in the privacy of your own home, you simply have to mail it in to get the test results. With such a quick and easy method of checking for colon cancer, there is no reason not to get this important preventive screening. Remember, early detection can save your life!