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Stool for Occult Blood
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Also known as : Stool for Occult Blood
EXCLUSIVE PRICE
100
Report Delivery
1 Day
Free Sample Collection
Bookings above 500
Pre - Instruction
No preparation required.
Covid Safety
Assured
Test Details
Test Code BOBT00039
Test Category Individual Test
Sample Type Blood
Details of Stool for Occult Blood
What is a fecal occult blood test?

A fecal occult blood test (FOBT) looks at a sample of your stool (feces) to check for blood. Occult blood means that you can't see it with the naked eye. Blood in the stool means there is likely some kind of bleeding in the digestive tract. It may be caused by a variety of conditions, including:

  • Polyps
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diverticulosis
  • Ulcers
  • Colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease

Blood in the stool may also be a sign of colorectal cancer, a type of cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and in women. A fecal occult blood test is a screening test that may help find colorectal cancer early when treatment is most effective.

Other names: FOBT, stool occult blood, occult blood test, Hemoccult test, guaiac smear test, gFOBT, immunochemical FOBT, iFOBT, FIT

What is it used for ?

A fecal occult blood test is used as an early screening test for colorectal cancer. It may also be used to diagnose other conditions that cause bleeding in the digestive tract.

Why do I need a fecal occult blood test ?

The National Cancer Institute recommends that people get regular screenings for colorectal cancer starting at age 50. The screening may be a fecal occult test or another type of screening test. These tests may include:

  • A stool DNA test For this test, you can use an at-home test kit to take a sample of your stool and return it to a lab. It will be checked for blood and genetic changes that may be signs of cancer. If the test is positive, you will need a colonoscopy.
  • A colonoscopy This is a minor surgical procedure. You will first be given a mild sedative to help you relax. Then a health care provider will use a thin tube to look inside your colon

There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of test. Talk to your health care provider about which test is right for you.
If your provider recommends a fecal occult blood test, you need to get it every year. A stool DNA test should be taken every 3 years, and a colonoscopy should be done every ten years.
You may need screening more often if you have certain risk factors. These include:

  • A family history of colorectal cancer
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Obesity
  • Excessive alcohol use
What happens during a fecal occult blood test?

A fecal occult blood test is a noninvasive test that you can perform at home at your convenience. Your health care provider will give you a kit that includes instructions on how to do the test. There are two main types of fecal occult blood tests: the guaiac smear method (gFOBT) and the immunochemical method (iFOBT or FIT). Below are typical instructions for each test. Your instructions may vary slightly depending on the manufacturer of the test kit.

For a guaiac smear test (gFOBT), you will most likely need to:

  • Collect samples from three separate bowel movements.
  • For each sample, collect the stool and store it in a clean container. Make sure the sample does not mix in with urine or water from the toilet.
  • Use the applicator from your test kit to smear some of the stool on the test card or slide, also included in your kit.
  • Label and seal all your samples as directed.
  • Mail the samples to your health care provider or lab.

For a fecal immunochemical test (FIT), you will most likely need to:

  • Collect samples from two or three bowel movements.
  • Collect the sample from the toilet using the special brush or other devices that were included in your kit.
  • For each sample, use the brush or device to take the sample from the surface of the stool.
  • Brush the sample onto a test card.
  • Label and seal all your samples as directed.
  • Mail the samples to your health care provider or lab.

Be sure to follow all the instructions provided in your kit, and talk to your health care provider if you have any questions.

Routine Tests
Stool for Occult Blood
Parameters : 1
Also known as : Stool for Occult Blood
EXCLUSIVE PRICE
100
Report Delivery
1 Day
Free Sample Collection
Bookings above 500
Pre - Instruction
No preparation required.
Covid Safety
Assured
Test Details
Test Code BOBT00039
Test Category Individual Test
Sample Type Blood
Details of Stool for Occult Blood
What is a fecal occult blood test?

A fecal occult blood test (FOBT) looks at a sample of your stool (feces) to check for blood. Occult blood means that you can't see it with the naked eye. Blood in the stool means there is likely some kind of bleeding in the digestive tract. It may be caused by a variety of conditions, including:

  • Polyps
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diverticulosis
  • Ulcers
  • Colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease

Blood in the stool may also be a sign of colorectal cancer, a type of cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and in women. A fecal occult blood test is a screening test that may help find colorectal cancer early when treatment is most effective.

Other names: FOBT, stool occult blood, occult blood test, Hemoccult test, guaiac smear test, gFOBT, immunochemical FOBT, iFOBT, FIT

What is it used for ?

A fecal occult blood test is used as an early screening test for colorectal cancer. It may also be used to diagnose other conditions that cause bleeding in the digestive tract.

Why do I need a fecal occult blood test ?

The National Cancer Institute recommends that people get regular screenings for colorectal cancer starting at age 50. The screening may be a fecal occult test or another type of screening test. These tests may include:

  • A stool DNA test For this test, you can use an at-home test kit to take a sample of your stool and return it to a lab. It will be checked for blood and genetic changes that may be signs of cancer. If the test is positive, you will need a colonoscopy.
  • A colonoscopy This is a minor surgical procedure. You will first be given a mild sedative to help you relax. Then a health care provider will use a thin tube to look inside your colon

There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of test. Talk to your health care provider about which test is right for you.
If your provider recommends a fecal occult blood test, you need to get it every year. A stool DNA test should be taken every 3 years, and a colonoscopy should be done every ten years.
You may need screening more often if you have certain risk factors. These include:

  • A family history of colorectal cancer
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Obesity
  • Excessive alcohol use
What happens during a fecal occult blood test?

A fecal occult blood test is a noninvasive test that you can perform at home at your convenience. Your health care provider will give you a kit that includes instructions on how to do the test. There are two main types of fecal occult blood tests: the guaiac smear method (gFOBT) and the immunochemical method (iFOBT or FIT). Below are typical instructions for each test. Your instructions may vary slightly depending on the manufacturer of the test kit.

For a guaiac smear test (gFOBT), you will most likely need to:

  • Collect samples from three separate bowel movements.
  • For each sample, collect the stool and store it in a clean container. Make sure the sample does not mix in with urine or water from the toilet.
  • Use the applicator from your test kit to smear some of the stool on the test card or slide, also included in your kit.
  • Label and seal all your samples as directed.
  • Mail the samples to your health care provider or lab.

For a fecal immunochemical test (FIT), you will most likely need to:

  • Collect samples from two or three bowel movements.
  • Collect the sample from the toilet using the special brush or other devices that were included in your kit.
  • For each sample, use the brush or device to take the sample from the surface of the stool.
  • Brush the sample onto a test card.
  • Label and seal all your samples as directed.
  • Mail the samples to your health care provider or lab.

Be sure to follow all the instructions provided in your kit, and talk to your health care provider if you have any questions.

 

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