Everybody’s doing this one uncomfortable thing. Or at least it seems that way in Hollywood with Heidi Klum getting a colonoscopy during a health retreat to celebrate her wedding anniversary (a couple who screens together, stays together?!). Followed shortly thereafter by Ryan Reynolds who underwent a colonoscopy after losing a bet to a friend. And let’s not forget when Will Smith shared videos of his first colonoscopy with the world. These celebrities are raising awareness of the importance of colonoscopies to screen for cancer of the colon or rectum, known as colorectal cancer. And for good reason because colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the US (excluding skin cancers).

But sadly, not everyone is knocking down their doctors’ doors to get a colonoscopy, even with the celebrity push. Whether it be out of fear, cost, or a hassle, people who are not partaking in a colonoscopy need to consider other options rather than forgo screening altogether. “One of the most important factors for the best chance of a favorable outcome is early detection at a less advanced stage,” says Dr. Brooks Cash, who is on the Biomerica Colorectal Cancer Scientific Advisory Board. “And screening is an important way to notice warning signs that may need to be checked out.” While colonoscopies have an important role in screening, there are other screening options recommended by The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. If fear, cost, and/or hassle are the deterrents for a colonoscopy, there may be another option that might be favorable for your situation.

With the future of cancer screening after Covid-19 appearing to be at home, it is fortunate that there is an at-home test called EZ Detect™ that can check for hidden blood in stool, which could be an early warning sign of colorectal cancer. This test avoids the fear of going to the doctor’s office just for a test because EZ Detect is done in the comfort and privacy of your bathroom. If the test is negative, then it is generally recommended to test again in a year. If the test is positive, then you should discuss those results with a doctor who will likely recommend a colonoscopy at that time.  EZ Detect involves placing the test pad in the toilet after a bowel movement and waiting two minutes to see if the pad changes color. There is no hassle because you don’t have to handle the stool itself (yes, some tests require you to send “#2” to a lab) and you don’t have to restrict your diet before using the test. And as for cost, you can purchase EZ Detect on Amazon, Walmart, Walgreens, or on EZDetect.com for under $13.

It’s time for you to “handle your business” and add easy screening for colorectal cancer into your health regimen as recommended if you’re between the ages of 45-75. Because if colorectal cancer is found early (before it has spread), the 5-year relative survival rate is about 90%, according to the American Cancer Society. Celebrity or not, you can get behind that (no pun intended!) quite easily with EZ Detect!

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