Colon cancer screening alternatives available to patients

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Colon cancer is becoming more common in both men and women. 

About 35 percent of people who should get tested are not, but health officials are providing new alternatives that are less intimidating to patients. 

One of those alternatives is the FIT test and that is looking for invisible blood that is in the stool.” said Dr. Jon LaPook, CBS News Chief Medical Correspondent. “The main highlight here is that FIT seems to be a pretty good test for picking up colon cancer. 

With colon cancer increasing in younger people, the American Cancer Society has begun recommending average risk adults start screening at 45, not at 50.

Health officials remind the public to look out for symptoms and to know your risk factors, such as family history. 

“Our motto is the best test is the test that gets done regardless of method,” said Patrice Brown of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.

Colorectal cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer if detected early. 

Other risk factors for colon cancer include obesity, inactivity, smoking and a diet high in red and processed meats.

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