After you take the fecal immunochemical test
(FIT), your results will be sent to you and your health care provider. If you have an abnormal result
, you will be contacted by the health care team in your community regarding further follow-up. The health care team will assess your condition and book a colonoscopy procedure if appropriate, or let you know if other monitoring or treatment is advised.
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.
An abnormal result 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.
Please speak with your health care provider if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Blood in your stool
- Abdominal pain
- Change in bowel habits
- Unexplained weight loss