Get a Colonoscopy.
(IT'S NOT AS BAD AS YOU MIGHT THINK)
Colonoscopy lets a doctor closely see the inside of the entire colon and rectum. The doctor is looking for polyps which could be an early sign of cancer. Polyps are small growths that over time can become cancer.
The doctor uses a thin (about the thickness of a finger), flexible, hollow, lighted tube that has a tiny video camera on the end. This tube is called a colonoscope. The colonoscope is gently eased inside the colon and sends pictures to a TV screen. Small amounts of air are pumped into the colon to keep it open and let the doctor see clearly.
The exam itself takes about 30 minutes. You’ll probably be given medicine to help you relax and sleep while it’s done. You’ll need to plan on having someone go with you for this test so they can take you home afterwards.
Your health care provider decides how often you need this test, usually once every 10 years, unless you’re at a higher risk for colon cancer. It’s important that you talk with your provider to understand your risk for colon cancer, the guidelines you should follow for testing, and whether you need to start having the tests at age 50 or earlier.
Get an FOBT Kit
The fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is a simple test you can do at home. The test looks for traces of blood in a bowel motion. It involves taking samples from two or three bowel motions using a test kit. These are analyzed at a pathology laboratory. If blood is detected, further tests may be conducted.
During the month of March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we provide free colon cancer screening through fecal occult blood test (FOBT) kit distribution and, hopefully, saves lives. In 2015, the Task Force distributed over 2000 FOBT kits to over 135 distribution locations in the Metro Omaha community.
If you have questions about the Task Force or the FOBT kit distribution campaign, you can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 402-354-6333 .
Non Nebraska Residents:
If you are not a resident of Nebraska and use a FOBT kit distributed in Nebraska, you may become ineligible for care under your own state program. We recommend you seek out your own state of resident screening program and may do so at the Centers for Disease Control-Prevention Colorectal Cancer Control Program.