What is it?
Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is a stool test which can detect small amounts of blood in faeces and indicate the presence of abnormalities in the bowel, such as colorectal cancer. The test can be used to assess if patients presenting with unexplained abdominal symptoms, particularly in primary care, should be referred for further investigation by colonoscopy.
What are the benefits?
- Early diagnosis can lead to more effective treatments
- FIT is more sensitive and definitive for colorectal cancer indication than other tests, such as gFOBT
- FIT uses an easy collection device that is more hygienic and acceptable to patients
- Non-invasive test
- Higher-risk adenoma and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as the possibility of colorectal disease and cancer, detected
Where to start?
- NICE have produced an adoption support resource with insights from the NHS to get started
- Discover more about FIT at Ninewells Hospital (NHS Tayside) and key implementation learning points.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- AHSN lead: Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP)