Free Colorectal Screening Kit
Optima Health offers an easy and fast at-home screening program for colon health, at no cost to members—the BioIQ Fecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) kit.
The FIT kit includes detailed instructions and supplies for collecting a stool sample within just a few minutes in the comfort of your own home. A pre-addressed return envelope is also included to send your sample for analysis.
Both you and your Primary Care Provider (PCP) will be notified of the screening results via mail and/or phone. Results will indicate whether you need further testing. One in every ten members who completes a FIT test is positive and needs a follow-up colonoscopy.
By participating in the at-home screening program, members will receive a FIT kit once a year.
If you are over age 45 and would like to participate, please visit optimahealth.com/colonhealth to register.
You will need to enter your Optima Health member ID number Member and your PCP’s information.
Screenings Save Lives
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends three CRC screening tests that are effective at saving lives:
- stool tests (guaiac fecal occult blood test-FOBT or fecal immunochemical test-FIT), and
- and sigmoidoscopy (now seldom done).
Screenings can find precancerous polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.
- If you are age 45 or older, get screened now.
About one-third of adults age 50 or older (about 22 million people)—the age group at greatest risk of developing CRC—have not been screened as recommended. If you think you may be at increased risk for CRC, talk to your doctor about when to begin screening. Ask which test is right for you, and how often to get tested.
Source: “Colorectal (Colon) Cancer.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4 Oct. 2017, https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/.