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When screening for colon cancer, if I have no symptoms, can I undergo a FIT (fecal immunochemical test) instead of a colonoscopy?


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Amount Saved: $2500 average cost of screening colonoscopy post


MedHead Message:

Screening for colon cancer for an average adult starts at age 45 years old for the US Preventative Task Force guidelines. Fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) is a simple at home test you can perform at a fraction of the cost of a colonoscopy. Both FIT and colonoscopy are comparable in terms of detecting actual colon cancer and advanced, pre-cancerous polyps. Most FIT tests can be done for about $20-45. Colonoscopies are over $2500. If you already have blood in your stools, other other gut problems, or you have a positive FIT test, you should undergo a colonoscopy at that point. But save yourself a lot of money (and misery with the bowel prep required by colonoscopy) by doing the FIT first.



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