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Screen Aroostook

Family Health Care, Oncology, Orthopedics, OB Health Services: Caribou, ME

Screen Aroostook

Screen Aroostook, a multifaceted colorectal cancer screening program was established through a grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation. The program was able to continue for the purposes of information and resource sharing thanks to supportive partnerships with Cary Medical Center, Jefferson Cary Foundation, and Pines Health Services.
Since Colorectal Cancer rarely has symptoms, early detection is key!
Our friends Chuck and Jennifer are living proof. Click on a slide to read their story.

PREPARATION IS KEY

Watch Dr. Lynn Butterly’s informational video, “Preparing for a Colonoscopy.”

STATISTICS & QUICK FACTS

Recent statistics and colorectal cancer facts provided by the CDC.

 

TAKE THE QUIZ!

Get the facts and find out what
you don’t know about colorectal cancer!

Routine screenings are so important because at early stages, colorectal cancers rarely cause any symptoms.
If you experience any of the symptoms that follow, please consult your healthcare provider.

BLOOD IN THE STOOL

CHRONIC CONSTIPATION OR DIARRHEA

CHANGE IN SHAPE OF STOOL

DECREASE IN APPETITE

ABDOMINAL CRAMPING & DISCOMFORT

UNINTENDED WEIGHT LOSS

FIT (Fecal Immunochemical Test)* Facts

The Maine CDC Colorectal Cancer Control Program is committed to reducing the burden of colorectal cancer through education and improved access to screening.

It has been shown that patients are strongly motivated to get screened when they understand that…

  • Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States
  • Screening can lead to prevention of colorectal cancer and can save patients’ lives by finding and removing pre-cancerous polyps.
  • Screening can also help find the disease in early stages and greatly improve the chance of beating the disease.

FIT has a high sensitivity for colorectal cancer, requires no diet or medication restrictions, and is performed in the privacy of the patient’s home.

Why FIT vs. guaiac FOBT?

FIT is an improved fecal occult blood test (FOBT) with higher sensitivity and specificity when compared to original guaiac tests. And because FIT uses antibodies specific for human hemoglobin, it does not require dietary restrictions.

Improved Compliance.

FIT is a great way to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in your practice. It’s convenient; easy-to-use and can help your patients overcome many of these common barriers to colonoscopy:

  • Time Constraints
  • Transportation
  • Lack of Insurance

*Also called immunochemical Fecal Occult Blood Test (iFOBT), NOT to be confused with the original guaiac FOBT.

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