People Who Avoid Colorectal Cancer Over 30 Years Because of Screening

With the FIT stool test, about 40 to 45 out of 1,000 people who had screening avoided getting colorectal cancer over 30 years, compared with people who did not have any screening. With colonoscopy, about 40 to 45 out of 1,000 people who had screening avoided getting colorectal cancer over 30 years, compared with people who did not have any screening.

All of the screening tests work well to lower your risk of getting colorectal cancer. No matter what test you choose, regular testing can find cancer early, when the cancer may be easier to treat.

The information shown here is based on the best available evidence.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Michael P. Pignone, MD, MPH, FACP - Internal Medicine

Current as ofAugust 24, 2016

Current as of: August 24, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Michael P. Pignone, MD, MPH, FACP - Internal Medicine