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How accurate is the fecal occult blood test for colon cancer?

  • The stool analysis mentioned here is known as a fecal occult blood test, or FOBT, and, while it can be helpful, it is not 100% accurate--only about 50% of cancers are FOBT-positive.

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  • Answer: The stool analysis mentioned here is known as a fecal occult blood test, or FOBT, and, while it can be helpful, it is not 100% accurate--only about 50% of cancers are FOBT-positive.
  • Answer: At home, after having a bowel movement, the patient is asked to swipe a sample of stool obtained with a small stick on a card. After three such specimens are on the card, the card is then easily chemically tested for occult blood also.
  • Answer: The fecal occult blood test examines the stool for indications of ulcers or cancer.
  • Answer: blood in the feces that is not visibly apparent (wikipedia)
  • Answer: Occult blood indicates the presence of red blood cells which are normally not seen in urine. This usually indicates either physical trauma to the spleen or lower abdomen, or urinary tract infections which allow the passage of these cellular elements. Note that taking anticoagulants like Coumadin Amy also cause this.
  • Answer: Because fiber is essential in proper bowel function and elimination.When waste builds up it came become toxic thus poisioning your colon.
  • Answer: no.. only amount of TSH which relates to the function of your thyroid. If you are concerned about cancer, consult a doctor.
  • Answer: Normally there is no protein detectable on a urinalysis strip. Protein can indicate kidney damage, blood in the urine, or an infection. Up to 10% of children can have protein in their urine. Certain diseases require the use of a special, more sensitive (and more expensive) test for protein called a microalbumin test. A microalbumin test is very useful in screening for early damage to the kidneys from diabetes, for instance.

    "Occult blood" simply means "hidden" blood; blood that is not visible, but is still present. Normally there is no blood in the urine. Blood can indicate an infection, kidney stones, trauma, or bleeding from a bladder or kidney tumor. The technician may indicate whether it is hemolyzed (disolved blood) or non-hemolyzed (intact red blood cells). Rarely, muscle injury can cause myoglobin to appear in the urine which also causes the reagent pad to falsely indicate blood
  • Answer: §Small polyps were not discovered before they become cancerous.§Diets high in fat, alcohol, protein, calories, and red and white meat. Colon cancer is more common in the U.S. and other Western countries where people eat foods high in saturated fat and low in fiber.§Not eating foods rich in fiber. Dietary fiber is thought to protect against colon cancer because fiber-rich food is digested faster. Therefore undigested food remains in the colon for a longer period of time.
  • Answer: In late 2003, a team of researchers identified the specific location on a human chromosome by analyzing blood samples from 53 families in which at least one member had a colon cancer or precancerous colon polyp.
  • Answer: Means you need to see a doctor. It could mean a problem (like infection) with your kidney, bladder, urethra, ureter..or passing a stone...