If you had a choice of between a test that is life-threatening, time-consuming and requires horrible preparation, or a briefly gross encounter with scooping poop from your toilet, and you were assured by the American Chemical Society that both tests were equally valid, which would you choose? (If the poop test is positive, you can always get the colonoscopy later.)
This letter from the American Cancer Society is worth posting:
"Let me assure you, no organization is promoting stool testing for colon cancer more than ACS and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. You may be aware that the fecal immunochemical tests, (FIT), are largely supplanting guaiac based FOBT - but the idea is of course, largely the same.
One of the centerpieces of our 80 by 18 campaign to achieve 80% colon cancer screening rates by the end of 2018 is to encourage use of FIT or other high sensitivity stool testing. We are clear in our messaging that colonoscopy is not the gold standard and that the best test is the one that gets done.
May I suggest that you visit our website at www.nccrt.org to get the latest messages and tools. I am also finding a time to come to Jeff to meet with leaders there. One of the topics will be how Jefferson can help achieve the 80% goal. Perhaps we can talk when I’m there. Thanks for reaching out.
Richard Wender | Chief Cancer Control Officer
American Cancer Society, Inc.
250 Williams St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
cancer.org | 1.800.227.2345"