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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?
MedHead Confidence Score: 7
Amount Saved: $2500 average cost of screening colonoscopy
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.