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Fecal Occult Blood Testing

Which Test?

FOBT Screening

Slide 13

October 2011

To underscore this point, a meta-analysis of the 4 randomized controlled trials with Hemoccult screening showed only a modest reduction in cancer mortality (about 14% overall over 12 to 18 years) but no effect on cancer incidence. This collective finding would be consistent with a test that detects some early stage cancers but few precancers. Health care providers and their patients who choose to use fecal blood testing as an approach to colorectal cancer screening should be mindful of these reported outcomes.

FOBT Screening


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