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Data shows promise for Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests with the Second Generation FIT Home Colon Cancer Screening Test A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the relatively inexpensive and non-invasive fecal immunochemical test, or FIT test may be just as effective as a colonoscopy. One in 20 Americans will develop colorectal cancer. About 140,000 cases are diagnosed in the United States each year, resulting in about 49,000 deaths, according to the National Cancer Institute. It is the third most common cancer worldwide. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a government-backed agency, recommends screening for people age 50 to 75 years by one of three methods: a colonoscopy every 10 years; annual stool testing; or a less-thorough look into the... Continue Reading →
Why I Chose FIT—And You Can, Too! December 16th, 2013 10:26 am ET - DCPC By Marcus Plescia, MD, MPHFormer Director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Last year I turned 50. Time to get tested for colorectal (colon) cancer! If you read our recent Vital Signs report, you know colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer of men and women in the United States, after lung cancer. And about 23 million people—that’s 1 in 3 adults—between 50 and 75 have not been tested appropriately. As a physician, I’ve taken care of people who’ve had colon cancer; it’s serious. As director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, I lead a national program that promotes colorectal cancer screening. If ever there was... Continue Reading →