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New At-Home Colorectal Cancer Test Proves Effective, and Inexpensive

Colonoscopies are believed to be the most effective way to detect colorectal cancer but a new study in Annals of Internal Medicine has shed light on a new and inexpensive fecal immunochemical test (FIT), USA Today reports. Traditional fecal tests like the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) “detected only 13% to 50% of colorectal cancers” and required several stool samples as well as abstaining from consuming certain foods or drinks. The study found that the FIT is quick, requires only one stool sample, and was shown to detect 79% of colorectal cancers. Another study published in NEJM also found that 34% of people assigned to use the FIT followed through compared to 25% of people assigned to receive a colonoscopy.

Read the article published by USA Today.

Read the study in Annals of Internal Medicine.