Reality: Colorectal screenings include more options beyond traditional colonoscopies. A virtual colonoscopy, for example, is an x-ray test that looks inside your rectum and part of your colon without using a scope. Stool tests are also used to look for signs of cancer.
There are two types of fecal occult blood tests, and they’re typically done once a year. Fecal occult blood tests look for hidden blood in the stool, which may be a sign of polyps, cancer, or other conditions. The stool DNA test is another testing option that checks for genetic variations in the stool that may be signs of polyps or cancer.
Which test is right for you depends on your preference and the factors that put you at risk for the disease. Talk to your doctor or advanced practice provider about when you should begin colorectal cancer screenings.