Stool Occult Blood Test

By on October 11th, 2017

A reminder to readers that a new study has again demonstrated the benefit of checking stool samples for the presence of blood as a screen for colon cancer. All men and women over the age of 50 and without a family history of colon cancer should do this at least once per year.

Call your doctor’s office and ask for a sampling kit. Follow the very simple instructions and return it to the office for processing. A negative test in general is very reassuring. A positive test I does not mean you have cancer, but does indicate that more testing may be necessary.

Remember, colon cancer identified in its early stages often can be cured. Don’t let fear or inconvenience get the better of you.

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Russell G. Robertson, MD

18 August 1999
Last updated 18 August 1999


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