At-home screening

There are pros and cons to different screening types. While colonoscopy is the most effective screening exam for colorectal cancer, there are screening kits you can do from the comfort of your home.

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Advantages of at-home screening

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Disadvantages of at-home screening

  • Does not allow a doctor to actually see the inside of your colon, which is how most polyps and cancers are discovered.
  • May miss tumors that bleed in a small amount or not at all
  • Follow-up colonoscopy after a positive test may not be covered by insurance
  • Possible false positive results
  • Possible false negative results

Types of at-home screening tests

The two tests below are the most widely used at-home screening kits. Both have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are valued for their ease of use and effectiveness. Remember that not all at-home kits are covered by insurance, so you may not be able to choose which test you want.

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