A study of Medicaid patients showed that those who received fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) in the mail were more likely to complete colorectal cancer screening than those who were just reminded. Colorectal cancer is more treatable if caught early, but only about 63% of the population is screened, and the rate drops further among vulnerable
Dr. Rob Allison, a physician in Pierre, S.D., has no history or symptoms of colon cancer but got his first colonoscopy at age 50 to encourage others to get the screening. Allison says the procedure is quick, painless and potentially lifesaving. See the video from KSFY (ABC-TV) here.