This test checks to see if there is any hidden blood in the stool. It is one method of screening for colorectal cancer.
There are different tests to check for hidden or invisible blood in your stool. The fecal occult blood test (FOBT) requires you to place three separate stool samples on a special card. The card is then mailed to a lab.
The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is also a test where when a stool sample is placed on a card. However, blood is tested by a different chemical reaction. This test may be done for colorectal cancer screening or to evaluate certain medical conditions (i.e., anemia).
For this screening test, you will receive a small kit for taking stool samples and directions for mailing them to the lab that will be processing the samples.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?
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