With the invention of products that make colon cancer screening as easy as going to the bathroom, it’s no wonder so many people are considering this DIY-style of healthcare. While this simplicity seems like a great idea, there are some key points you need to know. Before you order your at-home colon cancer screening, ask yourself:
“How much is this going to cost me?”
The answer is often surprising. Though many at-home screening kits are covered by insurance, they can end up costing you far more money; Money that comes straight out of your pocket. If you take the at-home test and get a positive result, you will need to see a gastroenterologist and ultimately schedule a colonoscopy. And that second screening will no longer qualify as a preventive health benefit, leaving you with the costs.
“Is the test accurate?”
The ads for the at-home colon cancer screenings claim results are near perfect, but the fine print reads that risk of self-contamination is high and specificity and sensitivity are lower than a traditional colonoscopy, meaning you could end up with a false result – negative or positive. One might cost you more money, while the other might cost your life. When it comes to your health, don’t you deserve the very best? Trust your health to the experts who detect and prevent colon cancer every single day for thousands of people. A colonoscopy by a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist will save your life.
Is an At-Home Screening Kit Really Better?
- 13% of consumers will get a false positive, reducing clinical and cost effectiveness
- 10% of colon cancers are missed— limiting compared to a colonoscopy
- 58% of potentially precancerous adenomas go undetected—more than half may be missed reducing an at-home kit’s effectiveness as a preventive tool
DETECT. PREVENT. LIVE.
Contact Digestive Health Centers to request an appointment for the best colon cancer screening. Remember, a colonoscopy performed by a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist is the only colon cancer screening method that both prevents and detects colon cancer. Only the best can save your life.