February 04, 2014 The fecal immunochemical test (FIT), a simple at-home stool test that requires no change in diet to complete, can accurately detect 79% of colorectal cancers (CRCs).
Jeffrey K. Lee, MD, from the University of California, San Francisco, and coauthors published the findings of their evidence review in the February 4 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Colon-Rectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, after lung cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Although screening is helpful in preventing cancer, the other at-home test, the fecal occult blood test, only detects 13% to 50% of cancers with a single round of screening, according to Dr. Lee and coauthors. Colonoscopy resources also are limited in some locations, the researchers note. The CDC reports that 1 in 3 adults aged 50 to 75 years (or more than 20 million people) have not been tested for colorectal cancer as recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Read more...
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