"What to Try": Ever suspect that you have a medical condition but would rather not go to a doctor to find out for sure? Maybe you prefer to keep it private or to save the money that a diagnosis might cost, or you just don’t have the time for an office appointment and tests. The Second Generation FIT requires a stool sample. Each kit, which is said to show results in five minutes, comes with two tests.
"Do-it-yourself Health Screening Tests That Are Worth The Money": A colonoscopy can help prevent colorectal cancer by allowing doctors to detect precancerous growths and remove them at the same time. But about half of Americans avoid colon cancer screening. An annual test for blood in the stool (known as a fecal occult-blood test) may be a reasonable alternative. Medical experts recommend testing samples from three bowel movements in a row to improve your chance of finding bleeding from polyps. Contact your doctor if one of the tests comes back with worrisome results. The Second Generation FIT ($40 at Amazon) requires you to collect a stool sample. The kit comes with two tests and is said to show results in 5 minutes.
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"Do Home Colon Cancer Tests Work As Well As Colonoscopy?": There are also tests that provide you an analysis without having to mail your sample to a lab. Some will require a prescription; consult with your physician. An example of such an exam is the Second Generation FIT® Colon Cancer Test which provides a kit with a solution to conduct a fecal immunochemical test that, according to the company, is "considered a preferred screening method for colorectal cancer detection by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force" and other medical organizations. Results will appear in one to three minutes.Research suggests that at-home tests are generally reliable.