Which tests are recommended to detect rectal cancer?

Updated: Apr 06, 2021
  • Author: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Tests that primarily detect cancer, and their recommended frequency, include the following:

  • Annual guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (FOBT) with high test sensitivity for cancer
  • Annual fecal immunochemical test (FIT) with high test sensitivity for cancer
  • Stool DNA test with high sensitivity for cancer, interval uncertain

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