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COLCANOTH
Doctor recommended other 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, COLCANSIG indicates whether a physician or other health professional recommended that the respondent have a test other than a blood stool test, colonoscopy, CT colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy to check for colon cancer and, starting in 2018, other than a Cologuard/FIT DNA test.

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

Comparability

Aside from a slight change in which tests were explicitly excluded from "other" and a slight change in universe, there are no comparability issues.

In 2018, Cologuard/FIT DNA tests were separated from "other" as a specific type of testing recommendation that respondents could report.

Additionally, 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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