I was recently very nervous that I might have colon cancer. I had mucus in my stool and several different problematic issues which I was greatly concerned with. on top of that, I had bad heart burn and frequent acid reflux. I went to my GI doctor and he asked if I had any blood in my stool, which I didn't, but I told him in the past I had. He made me get a colonoscopy test, and found a couple polyps which he removed. Thankfully they weren't cancerous.
I lost my insurance, but he said I should get test repeated every couple years cause colon cancer can strike fast. Since I can't afford it, I looked into alternatives to give myself some peace of mind. I found an article on About.com for Fecal Occult Blood tests, which are the best way to detect early colon cancer. I've been getting some from www.colonhealthcheck.com and they really do work great. Until I can afford to get another colonoscopy, it is a great relief to know I don't have any hidden blood in my stool.
I saw a lot of people were concerned about whether their symptoms were colon cancer or not so I thought this might help some people. If you do have a family history of colon cancer, most insurance won't pay for a colonoscopy unless your doctor detects blood in your stool, which he usually won't look for himself unless you're approaching or over 50. This is a great way to see for yourself and have your doctor perform the needed tests which can save your life. You can do it right in the privacy of your own home and there is no prep or anything. Believe me, take the test and use it.
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