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|Agree with the above concerning colonoscopy. However, there is a fecal test (fecal immunochemical test) looking for chemicals secreted by colon tumors which has just become available. This test is almost as accurate as the "silver bullet" in detecting abnormalities. This is a good test for those who don't have a family history of colon cancer. The only down side, if any, is that it's to be done yearly. Ask your doc about it. Bama, right you are, the prep is the hardest of all while the procedure is nothing at all and in addition you get DRUGS for it.