Previous studies have also shown that blood in stool
, whether it is occult or gross, increases the likelihood of obtaining positive stool culture.
Blood in stool
was identified as a strong predictor for a doctor to order a stool test in both of the GP surveys, with 80% and 91%, respectively, of GPs in the 2 surveys "always or nearly always" ordering a stool test if blood was present (10,11).
Identifies blood in stool
using stool smeared on a card at home, developed in physician's office.
Moreover, many other factors besides cancer can result in traces of blood in stool
, such as hemorrhoids, ulcers, or diverticulitis, or the consumption of red meat or aspirin.
Doctors searching for signs of this potentially lethal disease must rely on a test that detects blood in stool
It may sound like a dark art, but this is actually a simple bowel screening test that detects minute traces of blood in stools
- a sign of potential problems, including peptic ulcers, polyps (small non-cancerous growths) or bowel cancer.
The current NHS screening programme uses a faecal occult blood test, which detects minute amounts of blood in stools
- a sign of bowel cancer.
The tests the doctor performs depends on the duration and severity of the constipation, the person's age, and whether there is blood in stools
, recent changes in bowel movements, or weight loss.