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This test checks for hidden blood in the stool. Your kit will explain how to collect a sample or test a small amount of stool. You'll return the kit to the doctor or to a lab. Or if your kit shows results at home and is positive for blood, call your doctor right away.
This test is done to check for colorectal cancer. Watch Why should I get screened for colorectal cancer (video) or visit screeningforlife.ca to learn more.
Don't do the test during your menstrual period or if you are having bleeding from hemorrhoids.
Here are some general instructions:
If your test shows that blood was found in your stool sample, you may need to have a colonoscopy. Talk with your doctor about having a colonoscopy if the FIT showed blood in your stool.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Adaptation Date: 9/14/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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