Unfortunately, less than 20% of Canadians are currently routinely screened for colon cancer.
Because of anxiety, fear, embarrassment or misinformation, many people who should undergo screening for colon cancer are reluctant to do so. However, it is important to understand that the difference between being screened and not, can be the difference between life and death.
There are several tests that can be used to screen for colon cancer. Each one of them has its own benefits and risks. As a patient, it is important to understand that each screening test can detect polyps and colon cancer at various degrees. You should discuss with your doctor as to what the follow-up procedure is if you get a positive test result. Get informed and get involved in the decision.