Faecal occult blood tests: How and when to use (or not)

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    The most appropriate use of a faecal occult blood test is screening in people who are of average risk for colorectal cancer – namely, individuals aged between 50 and 74 years and without symptoms or risk factors that warrant colonoscopy surveillance. The faecal immunochemical test is now the technology of choice. To obtain the best results, faecal samples should be collected by the person who is being screened, following the instructions provided with the test kit.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)39-42
    Number of pages4
    JournalMedicine Today
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


    • Faecal occult blood tests
    • FOBT
    • colorectal cancer
    • screening for colorectal cancer
    • colonoscopy surveillance
    • Faecal immunochemical test
    • Colorectal neoplasia
    • Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP)


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