This year, nearly 150,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. It’s the third-most common cancer in the U.S. for men and women, behind skin and lung cancers. The death rate for this type of cancer is 55% lower than it was in 1970. Experts attribute this partially to improved treatments, but more to better and expanded screening.
Cancer survival rates are heavily dependent on when the patient is diagnosed. Patients who are having symptoms have a much lower survival rate, because by the time symptoms appear, the cancer has usually advanced. Symptoms of colorectal cancer include:
· Change in bowel habits, including increased incidence of diarrhea or constipation
· Blood in the stool
· Bleeding from the rectum
· Bowels frequently feeling uncomfortably full
· Persistent fatigue
· Unexplained weight loss
When colorectal cancer is caught early and is still localized — meaning it hasn’t spread to other areas and organs — the survival rate is 90%. However, fewer than 40% of people are diagnosed at this time. Diagnosis is likely due to their undergoing screening, such as a FIT test. Colorectal cancer that goes undetected grows and spreads to other organs, increasing the chances of mortality. The survival rate for colorectal cancer that has spread locally is 72%; if it has spread to distant organs, the survival rate plummets to 14%.
Sometimes, depending on the number and location of the tumors, surgery can improve a patient’s odds of survival.
All other things being equal, a man’s chance of developing colorectal cancer in his lifetime is 1 in 23, and a woman’s is 1 in 25. Other factors can increase the odds, such as family history of colorectal cancer, being overweight and inactive, being a smoker or heavy drinker, and eating a diet heavy in starches, refined sugar, fats and trans fats. Having a history of other bowel disease also may increase your odds of developing colorectal cancer.
Getting regular colon cancer screenings — even if you have no symptoms or problems with your colon — is the best way to avoid getting colon cancer. One of the most common types of screening for colon cancer is a colonoscopy. Colonoscopies are recommended for everyone age 50 and above.
A colonoscopy involves inserting a tube with a light and a camera on the end of it into your colon and examining it carefully. The reason your colon has to be so clean before the test is because it is convoluted that otherwise it would be difficult to see if there were any suspicious areas. During the procedure, the doctor also removes any polyps they find.
Based on the results of your first colonoscopy, your doctor may recommend you have them every 10 years, or possibly more often. As you get older, your doctor may want you to have a colonoscopy more often as well.
However, if you have had a colonoscopy, you know that the multi-day preparation involving liquid diets and bad-tasting medicine to clean out your colon is neither easy nor comfortable.
The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to pay for some types of preventive care, including colonoscopies. However, if you have a different type of insurance — or no insurance at all — paying for a colonoscopy can put a dent in your budget. Costs of having a colonoscopy range from $1,250 to $4,800, with the average cost being $2,750.
It’s distressing to have to make the choice between paying for medical care and paying for other necessary expenses such as food and housing.
Instead, you can save thousands by getting a FIT test. Colonoscopies are effective colon cancer screening tools, but for those who are challenged by the cost or the difficulty of preparing for the procedure, a fecal immunochemical test can be a life saver.
The Second Generation FIT at-home colon cancer tests look for proprietary elevated biomarkers. Certainly anyone who sees blood in their stool should visit their doctor, but very often blood in the stool is invisible to the naked eye and can only be detected with a test.
It’s easy enough to give a urine sample at your doctor’s office, but it’s harder to provide a stool sample. When you order a Pinnacle BioLabs at-home colon test, you save yourself a lot of time, trouble and money.
The FIT test is simple to use and you don’t have to make a doctor’s appointment, find someone to take you to it and pay the expense of the visit. In fact, you never even have to leave your home.
Your colon cancer test kit is delivered right to your home by U.S. mail, you conduct the test yourself in the privacy of your own home and get the results within five minutes.
Results, in the form of positive or negative, are a key indicator of lower GI disease states. Reasons for a positive result include colorectal cancer, and also include hemorrhoids, polyps, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers. While it can be a relief to be diagnosed with one of these conditions instead of colorectal cancer, many of these conditions can lead to colorectal cancer if you don’t get treatment.
If you get a positive result from your Pinnacle BioLabs at home colon cancer test kit, make an appointment right away with your doctor.
Order your FIT test today from Pinnacle BioLabs, and get the peace of mind and convenience you’re looking for in an at-home colon cancer test kit.