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A fecal immunochemical test, or FIT, checks for hidden blood in the stool. Your doctor gives you a kit that contains everything you need. At home, you follow simple steps to collect a small amount of stool. You return the kit to the doctor or to a lab.
This test is done to check for colorectal cancer and colon polyps, that can cause blood in the stools.
It is important to follow the instructions provided with the FIT kit.
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 call line 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: 5/19/2020
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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