This test checks to see if there is any hidden blood in the stool. It is one method of screening for colorectal cancer.
The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) and fecal occult blood test (FOBT) are two different tests to check for hidden or invisible blood in your stool. These tests may be done for colorectal cancer screening or to look for the cause of certain conditions, such as anemia. This care path is for the FIT, which is when separate stool samples are placed in a container and mailed to a lab. The samples are tested for blood using different chemical reactions.
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 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommend colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 50 if you are at average risk for colorectal cancer. Here are some of the options:
The recommendations for each test may be affected by your personal medical history, as well as that of your family.
For this screening test, you will receive a small kit for taking stool samples. The kit will also contain directions for obtaining the samples and mailing them to the lab.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?
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