Lab Tests/Stool tests
Did you happen to see the CNN program the other week with Morgan Spurlock/Inside Man about medical tourism? He went to Thailand and had, among other tests, a virtual colonoscopy with that tiny camera you swallow. Afterwards, I found that this procedure is not usually authorized by insurance companies in the U.S. I would have been willing to go through that, but not the traditional colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy. I'm not sure if insurance covers the DCBE, but I would also accept doing that, so I'm going to ask Blue Cross about that.
That leaves the gFOBT, FIT and Stool DNA test. Over the years, I have occasionally done the FIT, but I'm not sure if these are regulated or ranked by effectivness. There are several makers of these tests. Do you know of any studies about these makers' products. I don't know anything about getting the gFOBT or Stool DNA tests, so any comments about those would be appreciated also.
I did not see the CNN program you are speaking of, I'm sorry.
My understanding of gFOBT and FIT testing kits are simple screenings for blood in the stool, a positive result would warrent colonoscopy. The gold standard for checking for colorectal caner is colonoscopy at this time which is why insurance covers this procedure, and not others. If there is family history of cancer, or you've had any digestive complaints and are over the age of 50, I do recommend going in for a colonoscopy. People can have polyps and cancer without signs of blood in the stool so I don't think these tests take the place of the visualization a colonoscopy provides.