Faecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT)

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

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