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Risks

Some screening methods carry more risk than others. The alt indicates the test(s) with the lowest risk.


altColonoscopy

  • Very small risk.
  • Out of every 10,000 people who have this test, 10 will have a serious complication.
  • The major complications are tearing of the bowel (perforation) and bleeding.
  • The risk of death is one person out of 10,000.
  • The majority of complications occur when polyps are removed.

altVirtual Colonoscopy

  • Carries a small risk of perforation, which occurs in about one out of every 20,000 patients who take the test.
  • There may be long-term harmful effects from radiation exposure, especially with repeated testing.
  • Because the test can identify abnormalities outside the colon, additional diagnostic tests may be needed for findings that may or may not be important to your health.

altFlexible Sigmoidoscopy

  • Very little risk.
  • Out of every 10,000 people who have this test, less than one will have a serious complication (such as perforation and bleeding).

altBarium Enema

  • Very little risk.
  • Out of every 10,000 people who have this test, less than one will have a serious complication (such as peroration).

altFOBT

  • No risk.

altStool DNA Test

  • No risk.
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