Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) Screening
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in
both men and women in the United States and is the second leading
cancer killer in the U.S., but it is also largely preventable.  It is
important to have regular colonoscopies after age 50 to detect
polyps and remove them before they turn into cancer.  Colorectal
Cancer is preventable and highly curable when it is found early.  

From the time the first abnormal cells start to grow into polyps, it
usually takes about 10-15 years for them to develop into Colorectal
Caner, which is why it is important to get screened regularly.  You
may be at an increased risk if there has been colorectal polyps or
colorectal cancer in your family, or you have inflammatory bowel
disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or you have a genetic
syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or
hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer.

The Marion County Health Department is now offering Colorectal
Cancer Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) kits.  It is recommended
that adults begin screenings at age 50-75.  This non-invasive
screening is for anyone 50-75 years of age who has NOT had a
colonoscopy in the last 10 years, a sigmoidoscopy in the last 5
years, or history of colon cancer or prior colon resection.  If your
tests detects blood in the stool then further follow up will be done to
determine the cause of the blood.  The American Cancer Society
and Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that you
repeat FIT screenings once every year or receive a colonoscopy
once every 10 years so that polyps can be detected and removed
early.

Call the health department at 618-548-3878 to see if a FIT screening
is right for you.
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