1. What is a FIT?
It is a simple and painless test that detects microscopic amounts of blood in your stool1.
All you need to do is collect a sample of your stool, and pass it to your doctor for a laboratory analysis. Alternatively, a FIT is included in most general health checks: Link
2. What is it important to detect colorectal cancer early?
Detecting colorectal cancer early is key to survival2.
3. Who should go for a FIT?
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), if you are age 50 and above and have no family history of cancer, you should go for a FIT annually3.
Remember when it comes to health, being early is always better than being late.
4. Are there any other screenings that I should know of?
According to ACS, if you are age 50 and above and have no family history of cancer, you should also have a colonoscopy every 10 years3.
However, if any of the below are applicable to you, more regular colonoscopies and even screening at an earlier age may be necessary3.
5. Who is at great risk?
An individual is at great risk, if any of the following are applicable3:
- Personal history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps
- Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease)
- Strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
- A known family history of a hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC)
6. Isn't this a male specific disease?
No. Men and women are equally at risk of colorectal cancer. In Singapore, colorectal cancer ranks 1st for men, and 2nd for women4.
7. When can I get the results?
The results of the FIT are usually obtained in 2-3 days. Results can also be emailed to you.
8. How can Ulink help?
We have helped many of our clients undergo health checks with Singapore's best gastroenterologists. Our clients have benefited most from:
1. Flexibility of treatment options: to suit individual needs and budget
2. Personal service: before entering the clinic and after you leave
3. Short waiting times: as short as <1 day
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