Digestive Health

More Montanans Need Colorectal Cancer Screening

Billings Clinic Gastroenterologist Steven Hammond, MD Nearly 40 percent of the 315,000 Montanans who should be screened for colorectal cancer either aren't doing so or aren't getting it done properly. With that in mind, the Montana Department of Health and Human Services aims to cut that percentage in half. Read the full story.

Billings Gazette article written by Zach Benoit
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Is At-Home Stool Test a Viable Alternative to Colonoscopy?

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 -- Simple at-home stool tests are a reliable way to screen for colon cancer -- and a good alternative to invasive colonoscopies, a new research review confirms.

The analysis, of 31 studies, looked at the effectiveness of the fecal immunochemical test, or FIT -- which detects hidden blood in the stool. It found that a one-time FIT screening caught up to 91 percent of colon cancers in people at average risk of the disease.

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