What is fecal occult blood testing?
Fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) is a test used to detect any blood in the stool, which can be a sign of colon cancer. It is a quick, simple, painless, and non-invasive test.
How important is an FOBT?
Colon cancer does not usually present any symptoms until its late stages, when treatment is not as effective. An FOBT can detect any abnormalities before you feel them, thereby increasing the chance of survival.
When should I start getting an FOBT?
It is recommended that men and women start getting an FOBT once they reach the age of 50. Instructions are given 3 days before the examination, and the examination is carried out on the fourth, fifth, and sixth days.
How often should I take an FOBT?
It is recommended that you get an FOBT once a year.
How should I prepare for an FOBT?
Avoid the following foods 3 days prior to the test for more accurate results:
- Red meats
- Certain fruits or vegetables (as recommended by your doctor)
- Medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen
- Vitamin supplements
This diet should be followed during the testing days as well.
To schedule an appointment or for any inquiries, call the Early Detection Unit at (+962-6) 53 00 460.