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Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What is a FIT test?
A Fecal Immunochemical Test is a highly accurate colorectal cancer screening stool test. It involves taking a stool sample at home and sending it back to a lab for processing.
The test is recommended as a colorectal screening by the American Cancer Society, CDC and US Preventitive Services Task Force.
This test is sometimes referred to as Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) or an iFOBT.
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Which brand FIT does the program use?
There are a number of brands of FIT tests in the market. The ColonoscopyAssist program uses the InsureOne brand of tests. This decision was not taken lightly, the program arrived at this conclusion after spending a considerable amount of time evaluating the common brands available on their accuracy (sensitivity and specificity), patient compliance, diet restrictions, ease of use and stability during shipment.
The insureONE is highly sensitive, needs samples from only one bowel movement, needs no diet restricitions and is stable for a mail in program.
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How long does the FIT take to complete?
The total time commitment for this test is less than 5 minutes. ColonoscopyAssist will mail you a kit with a brush. Your will collect a small stool sample using the brush and return in the kit provided (pre-stamped envelope provided). The video below accurately describes what the test involves for the patient.
Is the FIT different than an FOBT?
FOBT or fecal occult blood test is the name of the general family of tests used for colon cancer screening. The most accurate version of this test is the FIT (Fecal Immunochemical Test).
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Who should take this test?
Medical guidelines dictate that all persons over the age of 45 at average risk of Colorectal Cancer (CRC) should take this test once a year even if no symptoms exists.
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Did you know?
- FIT is the most affordable way to get screened
- FIT is a Tier 1 CRC Screening method recommended by the USPTF
- A FIT should be completed annually once you turn 45