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Atlantic Health Colorectal Screening Month

February 28, 2023

Colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer among men and women. But the good news is that colon cancer is largely preventable with regular colorectal screenings. If you’re over 45, talk to your Atlantic Health System physician about the right colorectal screening for you. Stay ahead of the game!

Atlantic Health System and the New York Jets have teamed up to encourage colon cancer screenings. Watch an important message on colorectal cancer awareness from retired New York Jet, Wayne Chrebet.


You Have Choices When It Comes to Colorectal Screening

Colonoscopy

Multitarget Stool DNA Test
Cologuard®

FIT/FOBT

YouTube Live for colorectal cancer awareness.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Are you over 45 and hesitant about scheduling a colonoscopy? Did you know there are now several types of screenings that you should discuss with your primary care provider? Join Atlantic Health System’s Dr. Grossman for a discussion on the importance of getting a screening and the latest technology to support this important procedure.

Colonoscopy (Visual Exam)

How does it work?
Uses a scope to look for and remove abnormal growths in the colon and rectum

How often?
Every 10 years

Is it noninvasive?
No

Prep required?
Full bowel prep including fasting and laxatives

Time it takes?
1-2 days for bowel prepand procedure

Covered?
Covered by most insurers

Multitarget Stool DNA Test (Cologuard®)

How does it work?
Finds abnormal DNA and blood in the stool sample

How often?
Every 3 years

Is it noninvasive?
Yes, used at home

Prep required?
Full bowel prep including fasting and laxatives

Time it takes?
The time it takes to collect a sample

Covered?
Covered by most insurers

FIT or FOBT (fecal immunochemical test or fecal occult blood test)

How does it work?
Detects blood in the stool sample

How often?
Once a year

Is it noninvasive?
Yes, used at home

Prep required?
Full bowel prep including fasting and laxatives

Time it takes?
The time it takes to collect a sample

Covered?
Covered by most insurers