What If I Have Symptoms?
Don't worry. There are steps you can take to take action.
You've already done something to address it by reading this page. The good news is there are things you can do now to address what is going on in your body.
Below are some suggestions:
#1: Set up an appointment with a Gastroenterologist
Research GI doctors in your area to find one that is well-reviewed and also takes your insurance. This is not always an easy task, so you can click below to find one on ZocDoc.com.
It's important to get in front of a Gastroenterologist, not just a PCP if you have serious symptoms. A GI doctor specializes in the area of the body that is giving you symptoms and will have a more specific knowledge base. A GI doctor will also be able to schedule you for a colonoscopy right away if you or your doctor feel that is what you need.
Once in front of a doctor, explain your symptoms and be specific!
#2. Order an At Home Test
A Fecal Immunochemical Test, or FIT, tests for blood in the stool that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Many local labs have these tests available, but there are also home test kits now available.
These tests are becoming increasingly popular as a colon cancer screening method. Although not as effective as a colonoscopy, this test can detect colon cancer at an early stage.
Click the link below to order a free FIT test from MTN:
#3: Get Bloodwork Done
At least once a year it is a good idea to have bloodwork ordered by a doctor, or on your own, to check in with yourself.
It is very easy to order your own blood test online, most websites run promotions where you will be able to receive a discount on your tests and pay with your FSA/HSA in advance. Once the test is ordered, your blood is taken at a local lab, and you receive the results in less than 72 hours. This is one of the quickest ways to get information about your body!
You can order many different blood tests from a variety of places, but MTN has used AnyLabTestNow.com and UltaLabTests.com. Make sure you include the Complete Blood Count (CBC) and the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) in your order!
Click below to visit Ulta Lab Tests.