Welcome to March, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Colonoscopy is a good screening test for colorectal cancer, but I also want to make sure everyone is aware there are other options. Fecal DNA tests (like Cologuard) can be done by home collection of stool that’s submitted by mail for testing. It picks up 92% of colorectal cancers when compared to colonoscopy. If the test is positive, it’s followed by colonoscopy for further evaluation and possible biopsies. If negative, the recommendation is to repeat Cologuard in three years.
The flu surveillance system in Maryland is reporting HIGH intensity and WIDESPREAD geographic activity. We’re moving into the peak of flu season. Besides flu shots, your best defense is lots of hand washing and antibacterial hand wash.