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Home screening options for colorectal cancer

May 1, 2022

Tests are quick and easy, without any prep required. But the tests aren’t for everyone.

photo of tube and swab used for a fecal immunochemical test

Among the many things the pandemic has taught us, it’s that we can do more from home when it comes to our medical care — whether it’s getting a check-up via video or phone call (telemedicine) or sending blood pressure measurements to doctors electronically.

For some people, it’s also meant trying an at-home screening test for colorectal cancer. These tests have been approved for years, but are often passed over in favor of colonoscopies (see "The gold standard in colorectal cancer screening").

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