With March over and another colon cancer awareness month in the books, the advertisements imploring you to get screened have quieted down. But the message still is everywhere: Starting at age 50, adults should be screened for colon cancer. The options: fecal occult blood testing, stool DNA test, sigmoidoscopy (which examines the left side of the colon), or colonoscopy, the method that many doctors prefer because it scans the entire colon.
There's a lot of confusion about the costs associated with a colonoscopy, during which a doctor scans for pre-cancerous polyps using a long, flexible probe and removes anything suspicious, typically while you're sedated. In fact, it's the procedure we are asked about the most at Philly Health Costs and one of the most searched-for service at our price comparison tool, Philly Price Check.
Here's what you need to know: