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What do fecal occult blood test results mean?

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A positive result means there was blood in the stool. You’ll then need to get tests to find out where the blood came from, like a colonoscopy and an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy to see if the bleeding is coming from the stomach or small intestine.

A negative test result means that no blood was found in the stool sample during the testing period. Follow your doctor's recommendations for regular cancer checks.

From: What Is a Fecal Occult Blood Test? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society.

Mayo Clinic.

National Cancer Institute: “Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 19, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

Mayo Clinic.

National Cancer Institute: “Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 19, 2018

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