March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month!
By 2030, it is expected that Colorectal Cancer will be the number one cancer killer for people 20-49 years old, according to Fight Colorectal Cancer. The good news? You can significantly reduce your chance of getting Colorectal Cancer by getting regularly screened.
Our at-home Colon Cancer screening test is 20% OFF through the end of March 2022! Use code CKIT20 at checkout
Why Getting Screened is Important?
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. According to the CDC, “Colorectal cancer is a disease in which cells in the colon or rectum grow out of control. Sometimes abnormal growths, called polyps, form in the colon or rectum. Over time, some polyps may turn into cancer. Screening tests can find polyps so they can be removed before turning into cancer.”
If polyps are caught early, you can significantly reduce your chance of getting Colorectal Cancer.
On top of that, these screening might also identify other issues, such as:
- A fistula
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Anal fissure
- And more
Who Should Get Screened?
If you are 45 years or older, you are encouraged to get regular screenings. You might need to get screened earlier if you have inflammatory bowel disease, a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps, or have a genetic condition such as familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer. There are several different screenings that can be used to find polyps or colorectal cancer, such as: stool tests, flexible sigmoidoscopy, or a colonoscopy. Talk with your doctor about what screenings are right for you!
How to use our affordable FIT Screening
If you are not at a higher risk of colorectal cancer, 9Health:365’s affordable FIT (Fecal immunochemical test) might be a good screening to start with. It is done in the comfort of your home, on your time, and used to detect blood in your stool. It comes with a long-handled brush that you use to brush the surface of the stool in the water for about 5 seconds. Then you mail it to the lab. It has an 87% sensitivity for colorectal cancer and is one of the screening options recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If you choose to complete this screening and blood is found in your stool, a colonoscopy may be recommended afterward. This test is 20% off through the end of March 2022! Know where you stand and your risks.