Haven’t had a colonoscopy? I get it. You’d rather have a tax audit!
Well, friend, if you’ve been ducking the old pipe-cleaner, the medical mainstream has no shortage of “alternate” options for you. Just one problem: “Virtual” colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, and the rest of them all miss the mark in a BIG way.
They all stink worse than, well, you fill in the blank given the topic here.
But new research shows how another easier-than-ever option — one that’s about to become the most popular of all — could actually be the WORST of the lot for some people!
It’s a poop test called fecal immunochemical testing, a.k.a. FIT.
You fill the little bottle and send it off to the lab. That’s it. No pipes, no cameras, no sore butts.
Sounds good, right? You bet it does — certainly sounds better than drinking that nasty laxative and parking your bottom on the toilet for the better part of a night as you empty out before a colon exam.
And it beats having to go into a clinic, get put under and wake up feeling all groggy and weird after they shove what seems like half the equipment in the room up there.
But there’s a reason I’m not getting my own rear end in line for FIT, and that’s because the new study finds it can fail completely in a very large group of people.
If you have a higher risk of the disease… if there’s a history of colorectal cancer somewhere in your family… this test could completely MISS one of the biggest warning signs!
A colonoscopy will find the signs of advanced neoplasia AND remove them all at once. These things aren’t always cancerous, but they ARE always concerning, and you want them out.
The FIT test, on the other hand, can’t even find them half the time!
According to the study, FIT does a little better when it comes to detecting full-blown colon cancer. But even then, I wouldn’t trust my own butt to it: It can still miss one out of every eight cases in high-risk patients.
No thank you!
Even when the test DOES pick up the warning sign of trouble in the colon, it can’t actually do anything about it… so you end up having to go in for a full colonoscopy anyway to pluck out whatever might be there.
So right now, I’m going to stick to the tried-and-true: an honest-to-goodness colonoscopy from an experienced doctor.
It’s not the most pleasant thing in the world. But it can save your life, and there’s no butts about it.