Did you Know? And FAQ

Fast facts about diabetes and colorectal cancer:

  • Diabetes has no cure, but it can be controlled with lifestyle changes such as engaging in more physical activity and a well-rounded diet1
  • It is estimated that there are 7.3 million people in the US who have undiagnosed diabetes, unaware that they have the condition2
  • Diabetes impacts many groups of people differently, often by demographic groups. Some people at a higher risk are people of color, particularly Indigenous, Black, and Latino groups3
  • Colorectal cancer can often have no symptoms at all, providing no warning to the individual to be screened4
  • “Colorectal cancer” entails both cancers of the colon and the rectum, representing cancers of the entire large intestine and can be variable between individuals5
  • Rates of colorectal cancer in adults younger than 50 years old have been increasing in recent years, so it’s important to get screened!6

More Questions?

If your question is not listed under the FAQs, please email our team at allinsc@sc.edu or call our project hotline at (803) 576-7378.

Thank you for your consideration!

Will my name be used in the study?

While we will be using data obtained from the study in published materials, it will be anonymous and no identifiable information will be made public.

Can I sign up for both diabetes and colorectal cancer?

We are only allowing participants to enroll in one of the sectors of the study. Please follow up with a physician if you feel as though you are at risk for any condition.

How soon do I have to test after getting the kits?

Your study arm placement will dictate when you take the at-home test.

If you are placed in the assisted arm and with a CHW, you will take your test on a scheduled call with our staff. If you are placed in the unassisted arm, you will take the test whenever is convenient for you, and send in a photo of your results to our email, allinsc@sc.edu.

Do I need to follow up with my doctor after testing?

We recommend following up with care after testing, regardless of your results. 

Can I finish the testing process on-site?

We will not be providing the opportunity to test on-site. Your testing time will be dependent on your study arm placement (see: “how soon do I have to test after getting the kits?”)

What if I eat or drink before testing?

If you are placed in the diabetes screening portion,  you will need to wait 2 hours after eating or drinking to take the test. For the colorectal cancer arm, this is not a concern.

Is there a better way to test for cancer without using my poop?

The screening tests we are using are among the most non-invasive on the market. Other methods of screening include procedures such as a colonoscopy, so while we understand hesitation, we assure you that the purpose is to be easily done by anyone.

Can I still participate if I’m pre-diabetic?

If you have not been diagnosed with Type 1 or 2 diabetes, you are eligible to participate in the diabetes arm. If you are placed in the colorectal cancer screening arm, this is not a concern.

Is there compensation for the study?

Participants will be compensated for their time and participation.