Fecal Occult Blood
Fecal occult blood is a term for blood present in the feces that is not visibly apparent. In medicine, a fecal occult blood test is a check for hidden (occult) blood in the stool (feces). Conventional fecal occult blood tests look for heme. Newer, modern tests look for globin.
... Why get tested?
To screen for gastrointestinal bleeding, which may be an indicator of colon cancer
When to get tested?
As part of a routine examination, annually after age 50 (as recommended by the American Cancer Society and other major organizations), and as directed by your doctor
One or more stool samples
- Fecal Occult Blood (Lab Tests Online)