does NOT mean that you have cancer. However, it is very important to attend follow-up tests to determine the reason for the abnormal result.
If you have an abnormal result your health care provider will make recommendations for follow-up testing. Usually, colonoscopy
is recommended. This is a common procedure that allows a specialist to look at the inside of the colon and rectum to make a diagnosis.
If you receive an abnormal FIT result, do not repeat the test in hopes of receiving a different result. Even if you receive a normal FIT result on a later test, the recommendation to proceed to colonoscopy would not change. The cause of the blood detected in your original sample still requires further investigation.
While waiting for your colonoscopy, please speak with your health care provider if you are experiencing these symptoms at any time:
- Blood in your stool
- Abdominal pain
- Change in bowel habits
- Unexplained weight loss
More information on results
. Watch the video
below for more information on what it means to have an abnormal FIT result.