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We all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer. It’s a scary diagnosis that is generally followed up with treatment plans, support groups, and a journey of making peace with all the potential outcomes. By definition, cancer is a disease in which some of the body’s cells grow uncontrollably and spread to other parts of the body. Unfortunately, there are many types of cancer, and they can attack anywhere inside the body, which only adds to the terror surrounding the diagnosis. Many people, understandably, don’t want to talk about cancer. Much less, specific cancers like colorectal cancer. 

Colorectal cancer is a disease where the cells in the colon or rectum grow out of control. Before a person is even aware, it can move from one stage to the next, causing treatments to become more intense and high-risk. Our greatest ally in fighting this cancer is early testing. At Any Lab Test Now®, we can provide you with the Colon Cancer Screening (Fit) Test. It’s a simple, non-invasive test that checks for blood in your stool. It’s the best way to provide you with early detection of polyps that could result in colon cancer. A huge benefit of this test is that you can take it in the comfort of your own home with no prior preparations. A home collection kit can be picked up in-store or purchased online and shipped directly to your home.

The past two years of COVID-19 have left us deeply impacted, and for many, the focus on other important health screenings has taken a backseat. Don’t let testing fatigue stop you from protecting yourself against a disease that can be completely preventable, and if caught early, beatable. Colorectal cancer typically occurs in people ages 45 and older, but in recent years, the disease has begun to affect younger people as well. Every year, about 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with this disease, with an estimated 50,000 deaths. Often known as the silent killer, colorectal cancer may develop without symptoms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are several symptoms to look out for, including:

  • Changing bowel habits 
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Weakness/fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss

There are certain risk factors that make a person more likely to develop colorectal cancer. If you are experiencing any of the above it’s greatly encouraged that you get tested. Doing so could give you the peace of mind you need or even save your life. 

You are more at risk for colorectal cancer if:

  • You’re over the age of 45
  • You have had colorectal polyps or cancer in the past
  • You have a family history of colorectal cancer (parents, siblings, or child)
  • You have ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Your diet is high in fat and low in calcium, fiber, and folate
  • You smoke cigarettes
  • You have certain genetic conditions

With the Colon Cancer Screening (Fit) Test from Any Lab Test Now®, you can take the test when it’s convenient for you in the privacy of your own home. We’ve all heard the horror stories that coincide with preparation for a colonoscopy. It’s fair to say that many people let that fear deter them from getting the test. Our home collection kit doesn’t require fasting or any other prep work. All you need to do is pick up the test, follow the instructions, and return the test for processing. Results generally take about five to seven business days.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one the most common types of cancer in men and women. It is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Routine testing can help prevent or find cancer at an earlier stage when it might be easier to treat. If found early, the five-year survival rate increases by more than 90 percent, meaning many lives could be saved by the awareness that comes with increased testing. 

New Year, Better You

In honor of March being National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, let’s continue making our health a priority as 2022 pushes on so that you’re the best you there is. The take-home Colon Cancer Screening (Fit) Test from Any Lab Test Now® is worth breaking the silence about. We provide transparent and inexpensive prices for customers with no insurance, high deductible insurance, or who simply want to proactively monitor their health.