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COLCANBST
Doctor recommended blood stool test to check for colon cancer

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Description

For sample adults aged 40 years or older who had been recommended to have a particular test to look for problems in the colon or rectum in the previous 12 months (COLTDR1YR) and who had not had a colonoscopy in the past 10 years, sigmoidoscopy in the past 5 years, CT colonography in the past 5 years, or home blood stool test in the last year, COLCANBST indicates whether a physician or other health professional recommended they have a blood stool test (fecal occult blood test) to check for colon cancer.

Please refer to COLTDR1YR for a list of the variables covering possible recommended tests for colon or rectal problems.

 

The 2018 Field Representative's Manual defines a blood stool or occult blood test, or fecal immunochemical (FIT) test, as another type of test to check for colon cancer "to determine whether you have blood in your stool or bowel movement. These tests can be done at home using a kit."

Comparability

Aside from a slight change to the universe introduced in 2018, there are no comparability issues. Before 2018, this variable was collected for sample adults 40 and older who had been recommended to have a particular test to look for problems in the colon or rectum in the previous 12 months who had not had a colonoscopy in the past 10 years, sigmoidoscopy in the past 5 years, CT colonography in the past 5 years, or home blood stool test in the last year. Beginning in 2018, it was collected for the same group of adults with the additional qualification: "or home blood stool test in the last year (including Cologuard)."

Universe

  • 2010: Sample adults age 40+ who have had particular tests recommended to look for problems in the colon and who have not had a colonoscopy in the past 10 years, Sigmoidoscopy in the past 5 years, CT colonography in the past 5 years, or home blood stool test in the last year.
  • 2015; 2018: Sample adults 40+ who have had tests recommended to look for problems in the colon and who have NOT had a colonoscopy in the past 10 years, sigmoidoscopy in the past 5 years, CT colonography in the past 5 years, or home blood stool test in the last year and who had another type of test recommended

Availability

  • 2010, 2015, 2018

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